Men's Basketball to Face Ball State on Tuesday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior D.J. Byrd needs three triples to move into Purdue's career top-10 for three-point field goals.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior D.J. Byrd needs three triples to move into Purdue's career top-10 for three-point field goals.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 17, 2012

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The Last Meeting
Ball State49
Purdue69
December 19, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind.
No. 4 Purdue Downs Ball St. 69-49
Robbie Hummel had 19 points and nine rebounds to help No. 4 Purdue beat Ball State 69-49 on Saturday in the Wooden Tradition.

Tip: 7:02 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN3 (Couzens/Horn).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 113; XM -.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; Ball State - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to end a two-game losing skid and snap a three-game Ball State winning streak on Tuesday when the Boilermakers and Cardinals meet for the 11th time, and fourth occasion in the last six years.

» Purdue holds an 8-2 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-0 mark in West Lafayette; the Boilers captured a 69-49 win in the teams' last meeting at the 2009 Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

» The Boilermakers are 102-18 (.850) under Mackey Arena under the direction of head coach Matt Painter; despite a 1-3 mark this season, Purdue 43-15 (.741) in December during Painter's tenure.

» Tuesday's game will feature two teams that have been adept at defending the three-point line this season, as Purdue leads the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense with a mark of 27.6 percent and Ball State's opponents have connected on just 31.1 percent of their attempts from deep this season.

» Only one of Purdue's 10 opponents has reached the 35-percent mark from downtown this season, while six of the 10 have finished below 30 percent against the Boilermakers; in its last six games, Purdue is holding teams to 25.8 percent shooting from deep.

» Freshman Rapheal Davis had a second half to remember against Notre Dame in the Boilers' last outing, scoring 21 points and making 8-of-9 shots from the field after the break; Davis' 21 points against the Irish were only eight fewer than his season point total (29) heading into the game.

» After a slow start, Terone Johnson has averaged 13.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting (30-of-69), while adding 6.2 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last six contests; he has reached double figures in points in 14 of his last 17 games.

» Purdue is +10.0 on the glass for the season, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten; the Boilermakers have outrebounded seven of their 10 opponents on the year, including the five of the last six by double-digit margins.

» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 15.4 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in each of its games this season; despite ranking second in the league as a team, Purdue's top offensive rebounder - center A.J. Hammons - ranks just 12th in the Big Ten with an average of 2.2 per game.

» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +6.1 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 130-69 on second chances this season.

» Despite having employed six different starting lineups in 10 games this season, Purdue has continued to get a consistent scoring punch from its bench, outscoring opponents' reserves by an average margin of 11.5 points per game.

» Senior D.J. Byrd connected on three three-point field goals in the Notre Dame game, bringing him within three of tying Willie Deane (137) for 10th on Purdue's career list for long-distance makes.