Men's Basketball to Return to Action on Saturday

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior guard/forward D.J. Byrd is tied with Willie Deane for 10th on Purdue's career three-point field goals chart (137).
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior guard/forward D.J. Byrd is tied with Willie Deane for 10th on Purdue's career three-point field goals chart (137).
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 27, 2012

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Tip: 2:02 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN3 (Couzens/Kearney).
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Clisby/Blackman/Taylor/Scott).
National Radio: Sirius 137; XM 196.
Rankings: Purdue - NR/NR; William & Mary - NR/NR.
Live Stats: Live stats are available via purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» Purdue will look to build on its pre-holiday win over Ball State and reach .500 on the year when it hosts William & Mary on Saturday afternoon in the teams' second-ever meeting on the hardwood.

» The Boilers have not played since Dec. 18, when they earned a 66-56 win over Ball State behind 15 points from center A.J. Hammons and a career-high 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Jacob Lawson.

» The Boilermakers are 103-18 (.851) under Mackey Arena under the direction of head coach Matt Painter; despite a 2-3 mark this season, Purdue 44-15 (.746) in December during Painter's tenure.

» Saturday's game will feature two teams that have been adept at defending the three-point line this season, as Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage defense with a mark of 28.7 percent and the Tribe's opponents have connected on just 24.7 percent of their attempts from deep this season.

» Only two of Purdue's 11 opponents have reached the 35-percent mark from downtown this season, while six of the 11 have finished below 30 percent against the Boilermakers.

» Senior D.J. Byrd may have begun to break out of his shooting slump in the Ball State game, knocking down 3-of-4 attempts from three-point range en route to an 11-point night; Byrd's trio of three-balls against BSU moved him into a tie with Willie Deane for 10th on Purdue's career chart.

» After a slow start, Terone Johnson has averaged 13.9 points on 42.7 percent shooting (35-of-82), while adding 5.7 rebounds per game, over Purdue's last seven contests; he has reached double figures in points in 15 of his last 18 games.

» Purdue is +9.2 on the glass for the season, a mark that ranks fifth in the Big Ten; the Boilermakers have outrebounded eight of their 11 opponents on the year, including the five of the last seven by double-digit margins.

» Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 14.8 offensive rebounds per game, having led or tied in that category in all but one of its games this season; despite ranking second in the league as a team, Purdue's top offensive rebounder - Hammons - ranks just 14th in the Big Ten with an average of 2.1 per game.

» Purdue's aggressiveness on the offensive glass has led to an average margin of +5.5 second-chance points per game; the Boilers are outscoring opponents by a count of 138-78 on second chances this season.

» Despite having employed six different starting lineups in 11 games this season, Purdue has continued to get a consistent scoring punch from its bench, outscoring opponents' reserves by an average margin of 9.6 points per game.

» With an average of 1.5 blocks per game, Hammons is the leading freshman shot-blocker in the Big Ten, and ranks fifth overall in the conference.