Dec. 2, 2011
Purdue game notes | Xavier game notes | Boilermakers Preview Xavier
Tip: 3:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPNU. Dave O'Brien handles play-by-play with Jimmy Dykes alongside as color analyst.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Rob Blackman (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 85.
Rankings: Purdue is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. Xavier ranked 11th in both polls.
Live Stats:Xavier will provide GameTracker live stats for Saturday's game. A link to those stats can be found at purduesports.com.
» The Boilers will face their first true road test of the season when they head to Cincinnati to face Xavier and try to snap a three-game losing skid in the series.
» Purdue owns a 9-4 edge in the all-time series with Xavier, though the teams haven't met since the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
» The Boilermakers' 26 true road wins since the beginning of the 2007-08 are the most in the Big Ten over that stretch.
» Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painterhas guided the Boilermakers to a 28-19 (.596) record in their last 47 games on opponents' home floors.
» Since falling to then No. 15 Alabama in the finals of the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Purdue has reeled off three-straight wins by an average of 25.0 points per contest.
» Purdue is 37-10 (.787) under head coach Matt Painterin the month of December, and enters Saturday's game with a 15-game December winning streak; Purdue's last December loss came on Dec. 31, 2008, to Illinois.
» The Boilermakers are forcing opponents into an average of 15.1 turnovers per game on the year, and own a +10.0 average margin in the points-off-of-turnovers department.
» Purdue is 74-of-192 (.385) from beyond the arc on the season, averaging 9.3 triples per game; the Boilermakers have made at least 12 treys in a game four times on the year, and are 22-4 (.846) under Painter when connecting on at least 10 three-point field goals.
» Seniors Robbie Hummel and Ryne Smithhave combined to shoot 50-of-104 (.481) from the arc this season; the duo was 9-of-19 (.474) from deep against Coppin State, including a 5-of-9 effort from Hummel.
» Smith is shooting .509 from the arc for the season, and leads the Big Ten with an average of 3.5 treys per game; he needs three triples to tie Glenn Robinson and Chris Lutzfor 14th in program history.
» Purdue has led in bench points in six of its eight games this year, with guards Anthony Johnson and Terone Johnsoncombining to average 15.7 points per game in reserve.
» The Boilers' rebounding effort on the year has been balanced, with seven members of the 10-man rotation grabbing at least three boards per game; Hummel leads the team with an average of 4.9 per contest.