Men's Basketball to Hit the Road for Tilt with Eastern Michigan

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior guard Dru Anthrop led Purdue with four steals and three assists in its win over Lamar on Tuesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior guard Dru Anthrop led Purdue with four steals and three assists in its win over Lamar on Tuesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 6, 2012

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The Last Meeting
Eastern Michigan36
Purdue61
December 10, 2011
West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue Dominates Eastern Michigan, 61-36
Robbie Hummel had 13 points and eight rebounds to help Purdue beat Eastern Michigan 61-36 on Saturday.

Tip: 2:02 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN3 (Reghi/McCormick).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 137; XM 193.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Eastern Michigan - NR/NR
Live Stats:Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to get above .500 on Saturday when it makes its first-ever visit to Eastern Michigan’s Convocation Center for a 2 p.m. ET contest.

» The Boilermakers, who lead the all-time series with EMU by a 3-0 count, are making their first trip to a MAC arena since playing at Ball State on Dec. 9, 2008.

» The Boilers are facing their second true road test of the season on Saturday, and already have a win at Clemson to their credit; Purdue has won a Big Ten-best 32 true road games since the start of the 2007-08 season.

» Saturday’s contest will feature two teams who have been stout on the defensive end in the early going, as Purdue yields just a 37.8 opponent field goal percentage and EMU is allowing teams to shoot just 37.7 percent from the floor.

» Purdue is coming off of a victory over Lamar in which it held the Cardinals to 30.4 percent shooting from the field and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc.

» Junior Terone Johnson had a game-best 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds against Lamar, knocking down 6-of-12 shots from the field; he posted the first double-double of his career on Dec. 1 against Xavier with 19 points and 10 boards.

» After a slow start, junior Terone Johnson has averaged 16.8 points on 49.0 percent shooting (24-of-49), while adding 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists, over Purdue’s last four games.

» Purdue is +10.9 on the glass for the season, and will look to continue its strong rebounding effort on Saturday when it faces an Eastern Michigan team that is +0.8 in the rebounding department this year.

» Purdue is tied for the Big Ten lead with an average of 16.0 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in each of its eight games; freshman A.J. Hammons leads the Boilers with an average of 2.5 offensive boards per game, good for eighth in the league.

» Purdue’s aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +7.0 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 113-57 on second chances this season.

» With nine Purdue players averaging double-digit minutes through seven games, the Boilermakers boast an average bench-scoring margin of +13.6 points per game; the Boilers have slightly more than doubled their opponents’ reserves in the scoring department this season (217-108).

» Hammons has played with poise since moving into the starting lineup for the UNCW game, averaging 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game over Purdue’s last four contests.