No. 12/11 Men's Basketball To Open Big Ten Home Slate With Northwestern

Dec. 30, 2010

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Tip: 12:02 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN2. Lou Canellis handles play-by-play with Stephen Bardo alongside as color analyst and Todd Kulis producing.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "The Cliz" Clisby (play-by-play), Rob Blackman (analyst) and Ralph Taylor (analyst) call the action. Blackman also handles the pregame show, and Wes Scott engineers.
Satellite Radio: Sirius 127; XM 196.
Rankings: Purdue is ranked 12th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. Northwestern is receiving votes in both polls.
Live Stats: GameTracker live stats are available for all Purdue home games. A link to those stats can be found at

No. 12/11 Purdue puts its seven-game winning streak on the line when it meets Northwestern on Friday in its Big Ten home opener ... The Boilermakers are 3-2 in Big Ten home debuts under head coach Matt Painter ... Purdue 77-12 (.865) at Mackey Arena under Painter's watch ... The Boilers are 36-10 (.783) under Painter and have won 13-straight games in the month of December ... Seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore - the nation's third-highest-scoring duo - will try to lead the Boilermakers to a 2-0 start in the league for the second year in a two, but just the second time in the last eight years ... Purdue won the last meeting between the two teams - a 69-61 slugfest at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament - behind a combined 50 points from Johnson and Moore ... Moore claimed game-high honors with 28 points on the strength of a 12-of-17 performance from the free throw line ... In six-career games against Northwestern, Moore has averaged 18.5 points and shot .533 from the arc ... Purdue has been lethal from the arc as a team in its last two games, making 10 treys in each contest and shooting a combined .500 (10-of-20) from long distance in wins over IPFW and Michigan ... The Boilers were 10-of-18 (.556) for the game and 6-of-7 (.857) in the second half at UM ... The Boilermakers are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak in which they are only yielding 54.0 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot .377 from the floor and .273 from the arc ... Purdue heads into the game yielding only a 28.4-percent opponent conversion rate from the three-point arc, the best mark in the Big Ten ... The Boilermakers' .382 overall opponent field goal percentage also leads the Big Ten ... The Boilers will look to quiet an NU attack that shoots better than 40 percent from long range and makes an average of more than 9 treys per game ... Five of the Boilermakers' 13 opponents have shot less than 20.0 percent from long range ... Purdue currently owns a +6.23 turnover margin and is outscoring its opponents by an average of 9.5 points per game off of turnovers ... Purdue is 50-1 (.980) during Painter's tenure when it has earned the edge in both the rebounding and turnover battles ... Nine different Purdue players have turned in a double-figure scoring performance this season, while nearly half of the Boilers' games (6-of-13) have featured a quartet of double-figure scorers ... The Boilers have scored at least 76 points nine times this season, and have won 31-straight games when scoring 70 or more points ... Johnson and Moore have combined to average 39.5 points per game this season on .488 shooting from the floor, accounting for 52.4 percent of Purdue's season scoring average ... The Boilermakers are 57-7 (.891) in Johnson and Moore's career when both score in double figures ... Moore enters the Northwestern game with 99 double-digit scoring performances for his career, while Johnson has reached double figures in 22-straight games ... Moore ranks seventh on Purdue's scoring chart, and enters Tuesday's game with 1,778-career points ... He is shooting .459 from the three-point arc during Purdue's current winning streak ... He became the fourth player in program history to make 200 triples when he drilled three in the win at Michigan ... He also ranks third in program history in rebounds by a guard (514) ... Johnson heads into Friday's game ranked 9th on Purdue's rebounding chart and 19th on its scoring ledger, making him one of just 11 players to rank in the top 20 on both lists ... He is one of three players nationally with 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocks in his career ... Junior Ryne Smith, Purdue's best pure shooter, is coming off of a career-high 17-point day against Michigan in which he connected on 5-of-6 shots from the arc ... He is shooting .550 (11-of-20) from deep in Purdue's last five outings.




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