No. 4 Men's Basketball Set For New Year's Day Showdown With No. 6 West Virginia

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Junior guard E'Twaun Moore leads Purdue with an average of 16.4 points per contest.
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Junior guard E'Twaun Moore leads Purdue with an average of 16.4 points per contest.
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Dec. 30, 2009

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Tip: 2:35 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN and ESPN360.com. Dave O'Brien handles play-by-play with Jay Bilas alongside as color analyst and Aaron Stojkov producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play) and Rob Blackman (analyst) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
XM Radio: Channel 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. West Virginia is ranked sixth in both polls.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats is available at purduesports.com.

THE TIP-OFF
Purdue will play on New Year's Day for the first time since 1973-74, the first time in West Lafayette for the first time since 1933-34 and the first time ever in Mackey Arena when it squares off with West Virginia on Friday ... Purdue and West Virginia are two of just six Division I teams that remain undefeated ... The Boilermakers have won 17 of their last 18 games, dating back to last season ... Friday's contest marks the first time a Purdue team ranked in the top six has faced another team rated in the top half dozen since Nov. 29, 1997, when No. 6 Purdue met fourth-ranked North Carolina at the Great Alaska Shootout ... The game also marks the second year in a row that Purdue has welcomed a top-six opponent to Mackey, as Duke came to West Lafayette for the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Challenge ranked fourth in the nation ... WVU is the first Big East team to make the trek to Mackey Arena since Providence visited on Dec. 27, 1997 ... Purdue owns a league-leading +8.2 turnover margin and a +3.7 edge on the boards this season to give them an average of 11.9 possessions per game more than their opponents ... The Boilermakers have outrebounded nine of 12 opponents this season, including seven of their last eight ... The Boilers own a +6.2 average margin on the boards at home this season ... Purdue has won 36 of 37 games during Painter's tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... Over its last two games, Purdue has posted 32 assists against just 13 turnovers for a 2.46 assist-to-turnover ratio.

UP NEXT
Purdue will play its first home game of the Big Ten season on Tuesday, as Minnesota makes the trip to West Lafayette for a primetime showdown on ESPN. The Boilermakers have won three-straight against the Golden Gophers, and own a 93-78 advantage in the all-time series. Minnesota hasn't won in West Lafayette since Feb. 26, 2005, and Purdue head coach Matt Painter owns a 4-2 record against the Gophers. Painter is 2-2 in Big Ten home openers as Purdue's head coach.

HUMMEL SETS RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS MADE
Junior forward Robbie Hummel made his first four free throw attempts at Iowa on Tuesday to establish a new Purdue record for consecutive free throws made with 36 before seeing his streak come to an end late in the second half.

Hummel eclipsed the record of 34 set by former Purdue and NBA star Jerry Sichting during the 1978-79 season.

Hummel's streak began when he made the second of two free throws in Purdue's win over Tennessee in the championship game of the Paradise Jam, and spanned nearly eight games. His lengthy run propelled Hummel near the top of the league standings from the line, as he ranks second in the Big Ten with a mark of 90.4 percent from the stripe.

BOILERS EXCELLING ON OFFENSIVE GLASS
Purdue is averaging 15.8 offensive rebounds per game over its last four outings, an improvement over its season average of 12.9. The Boilers have either beaten or tied 10 of the 12 teams it has faced this season on the offensive glass.

Currently averaging 12.9 offensive rebounds per game, Purdue is on pace to set its highest mark under head coach Matt Painter. The Boilermakers averaged 11.4 offensive rebounds per game in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Junior forward/center JaJuan Johnson has been the main catalyst for Purdue's success on the offensive boards this season, averaging a league-leading 3.25 per contest.

BOILERMAKERS OFF TO SECOND-BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY
With its win at Iowa on Tuesday, Purdue moved to 12-0 on the season to mark the second-best start in school history. A win over West Virginia on Friday would move the Boilermakers to within one win of matching the Glenn Robinson and Cuonzo Martin-led 1993-94 squad for the best start in school history (14-0).

BEST SEASON STARTS IN PURDUE HISTORY
1. 14-0 1993-94
2. 12-0 2009-10
3. 11-0 1936-37
4. 10-0 1927-28
5. 9-0 1937-38
9-0 1992-93

BOILERS LOOKING TO CONTINUE LONGEST WINNING STREAK OF PAINTER ERA
With 12-straight wins to open the season, the Boilermakers are in the midst of the longest winning streak under head coach Matt Painter.

The last time the Boilers had a comparable winning streak was 2008, when they didn't lose for more than a month en route to capturing 11-consecutive decisions.

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS IN PAINTER ERA
12 - Nov. 13-Present
11 - Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 2008
6 - Nov. 21-Dec. 9, 2006
6 - Dec. 6-28, 2008
5 - Jan. 11-31, 2009
5 - Nov. 14-26, 2008
5 - March 13-21, 2009