Dec. 15, 2011
Purdue game notes | Butler game notes
Tip: 2:05 p.m. ET
Television: CBS. Ian Eagle handles play-by-play with Bill Raftery 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 91; XM 91.
Rankings: Purdue is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll and is not ranked in the Associated Press poll. Butler is not ranked in either poll.
Live Stats: Conseco Fieldhouse will provide GameTracker live stats for Saturday's game. A link to those stats can be found at purduesports.com.
» The Boilers will look to win their third in a row, and snap a two-game losing skid to Butler, on Saturday when they square off with Bulldogs in the first game of the inaugural Close The Gap Crossroads Classic at Conseco Fieldhouse.
» Purdue and Butler have each won 91 games since the start of the 2008-09 season, making them two of just 12 teams across the nation with at least that many victories in that time frame.
» Purdue head coach Matt Painter and Butler head coach Brad Stevens served together on the staff of the 2011 USA World University Games Team, where the former was head coach and the latter was an assistant; Purdue assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry is in his first season with the Boilers after spending the last four years at Butler.
» Purdue is 12-11 (.522) all-time at Conseco Fieldhouse, and 9-7 (.563) at the venue under Painter; the Boilermakers have won their last four regular-season games at Conseco.
» The Boilermakers' last three games against Butler have been decided by an average of less than seven points per contest.
» Purdue is 39-11 (.780) under Painter in the month of December; the Boilermakers have won 17 of their last 18 December games.
» The Boilers are 26-17 (.605) under Painter on neutral courts, including a 2-1 mark this season.
» The Boilermakers are forcing opponents into an average of 16.2 turnovers per game on the year, including an average of 19.0 in their last three games; The Boilers own a +8.6 average margin in the points-off-of-turnovers department.
» Purdue is one of the best in the nation at taking care of the ball, ranking third nationally in turnovers per game (9.5), fifth in turnover margin (6.6) and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.51).
» Purdue is averaging 8.5 triples per game for the season; 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 Ryne Smith and Hummel have combined to shoot 63-of-142 (.444) from the arc this season; the duo ranks first and third in the Big Ten, respectively, in three-point field goals per game with averages of 3.3 and 2.6.
» Purdue has led in bench points in eight of its 11 games this year, and has outscored opposing reserve units by an average of 10.3 points per game this season.