Men's Basketball To Clash With Illini In Big Ten Home Opener

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Junior D.J. Byrd provided a lift off the bench for the Boilers at Iowa, scoring a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

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Junior D.J. Byrd provided a lift off the bench for the Boilers at Iowa, scoring a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 30, 2011

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Tip: 4:05 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN2 and ESPN3. Justin Kutcher handles play-by-play with Stephen Bardo alongside as color analyst.
Radio: The Purdue Sports Network (Flagship - WSHP, 95.7 FM). Larry "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 92; XM 192.
Rankings: Purdue is not ranked in the Associated Press or the ESPN/USA Today polls. Illinois 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 purduesports.com.

GAME STORYLINES
» The Boilermakers put the nation's fifth-longest home winning streak (25 games) on the line on Saturday when they face Illinois in a battle of teams looking for a 2-0 start in Big Ten play.

» Purdue has won four of five heading into Saturday's game, and have won two-straight Big Ten home openers; the Boilers are 4-2 in Big Ten home openers under head coach Matt Painter.

» Painter will go in search of his 150th win as Purdue's head coach on Saturday when the Boilers take on an Illini squad headed by Bruce Weber, for whom Painter played at Purdue and coached under at Southern Illinois; Purdue is 8-4 against Illinois in the Painter Era.

» A win on Saturday would mark the third year in a row in which Purdue has started 2-0 in Big Ten play; the Boilermakers have won their last 10 Big Ten home games.

» Saturday's contest is Purdue's lone home game in its first four Big Ten contests; the Boilers won at Iowa on Wednesday and will visit Penn State and Minnesota on Jan. 5 and 8, respectively.

» Purdue is 41-12 (.774) under Painter in the month of December; the Boilermakers have won 19 of their last 21 December games.

» The Boilers are averaging just 9.5 turnovers per game, and have five games on the season in which they've commited seven miscues of fewer; Purdue is +5.6 in the turnover margin department this season.

» Purdue is averaging 8.1 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.

» Purdue has led in bench points in 10 of its 14 games this year, with redshirt freshman Anthony Johnson leading the way with an average of 7.3 points per game; the Boilermaker reserves accounted for 36 points on 59.3 percent shooting in Purdue's win over Iowa on Wednesday.

» Senior forward Robbie Hummel heads into Saturday's game after posting a double-double in each of Purdue's last two outings; he is averaged 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in those contests.

» Hummel enters Saturday's game just one rebound shy of becoming the 10th Purdue player to record 700 boards for his career.

» Junior D.J. Byrd has been a spark off the Purdue bench in the team's last two outings, scoring in double figures both times and averaging 12.5 points on 62.5 percent shooting (10-of-16).