No. 22/18 Men's Basketball Set To Clash With Crimson Tide

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson scored a season-high 29 points in the Boilermakers' win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson scored a season-high 29 points in the Boilermakers' win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 3, 2010

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Tip: 3:32 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN2. Jon Sciambi handles play-by-play with Dan Dakich alongside as color analyst and Jeff Dufine producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The 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 91; XM 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Alabama is not ranked in either poll
. Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats can be found at purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
No. 22/18 Purdue returns to the friendly confines of Mackey Arena for the first time since Nov. 23 to square off with Alabama, its second-consecutive opponent from a "power six" conference ... The Boilermakers enter the contest on an 11-game non-conference home winning streak ... Saturday's contest is a rematch of the Boilers' hard-fought 73-65 victory in Tuscaloosa last season ... The teams haven't met at Mackey since the 2001 postseason NIT ... Purdue is 30-10 (.750) under Painter in the month of December ... The Boilers are also 74-12 (.86) at Mackey Arena during the Painter Era ... With its win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Purdue moved to 27-21 (.563) under Painter following a loss ... The Boilermakers have been outrebounded in two-straight games, and will square off with a Tide team that is +7.6 on the boards for the season ... Purdue heads into the game yielding only a 27.6-percent opponent conversion rate from the three-point arc ... Senior guard E'Twaun Moore exploded for a career-high 31 points against Southern Illinois on Nov. 26 and needs four points to eclipse Cuonzo Martin for 11th on the program's career scoring chart ... He is also 23 minutes away from surpassing Walter Jordan on the program's career list ... Senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson is coming off of a dominant offensive performance in the win at Virginia Tech, where he tallied a season-high 29 points ... He is 30 points shy of cracking the top 20 on Purdue's career scoring ledger ... Johnson has posted four double-doubles in seven outings this season, including three in a seven-day span in the Chicago Invitational Challenge ... Johnson blocked his 200th-career shot at Virginia Tech, becoming just the second Boilermaker to reach that feat ... He also became the 20th player in program history to reach 600-career rebounds against Austin Peay on Nov. 23 ... He is one of five players nationally with 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks in his career ... Johnson and Moore have combined to account for 49.5 percent (267-of-539) of the Boilermakers' point production this season ... The Boilers' bench has also contributed more than a third of the team's offensive production ... Purdue is 51-7 (.879) in Johnson and Moore's careers when both score in double figures ... Seven different Boilermakers have drawn starting nods this season ... Seven different Purdue players have turned in a double-figure scoring performance this season ... Purdue will look to continue the offensive efficiency that has resulted in 123 assists on 193 field goals (63.7 percent) this season ... Junior guard Lewis Jackson has dished out at least five assists in three games this year, and needs one helper to reach 200 for his career ... Sophomore guard/forward D.J. Byrd has tallied 17 assists and just three turnovers in six games ... Sophomore guard John Hart enters the contest as the Boilers' third-leading scorer (8.4 ppg), having posted double-figure scoring totals off the bench in four of seven games this season ... The Boilers have scored at least 76 points five times this season and won 27-straight games when scoring 70 or more points ... The Boilermakers rank sixth in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency with a mark of 86.3 (kenpom.com) ... Purdue currently owns a +6.71 turnover margin and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 11.9 points per game off of turnovers ... Purdue is 46-1 (.979) during Painter's tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, the Boilermakers have forced their opponents into an average of 16.6 turnovers per game and limited foes to an 0.71 assist-to-turnover ratio ... The Boilermakers have been ranked in the Associated Press poll for a school-record 48-consecutive weeks.