Illinois (17-8, 4-7) vs. Purdue (12-12, 5-6)
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m. - Champaign, Ill. - Assembly Hall (16,618)
Big Ten Network (Announcers: Josh Lewin, Tim Doyle)
Notes (from Purdue sports information):
- Purdue will look to get back to .500 in the nation's top conference and earn a season sweep of Illinois on Wednesday when it faces off with the Illini at Assembly Hall.
- Purdue has won each of the last eight games in the series, a streak that dates to March 14, 2009; the Boilers' winning streak is their third-longest against Illinois in a series that was initiated in 1906.
- Since opening his Purdue head coaching career with 17-consecutive road losses, Matt Painter has guided the Boilermakers to a 36-28 (.563) record in their last 64 games on opponents' home floors; Purdue's 34 road wins since the start of the 2007-08 season are the second-most in the Big Ten.
- The Boilers are coming off a 78-65 home loss to then-No. 12 Michigan State in which Terone and Ronnie Johnson combined for 35 points and a dozen assists.
- The playmaking brothers account for 33.8 percent of Purdue's scoring and 48.0 percent of the team's assists on the season; they combine to average 24.2 points and 6.9 assists per game in Big Ten play.
- The Boilermakers head into the week as the top rebounding team in the Big Ten in conference action, grabbing an average of 38.1 per game; Purdue's average of 13.3 offensive boards per game in league play is also the second-best in the Big Ten.
- Freshman center A.J. Hammons ranks third in the league in total rebounds per game (8.2) and second in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) in Big Ten action. Hammons ranks in the top three among B1G freshmen in points, total rebounds, offensive rebounds defensive rebounds and blocks per game (both overall and conference); he and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel are the only two freshmen in the power six conferences averaging at least 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game. Hammons leads the Big Ten lead with an average of 2.8 blocks per game in conference action, piling up 31 in 11 games; his effort has propelled the Boilers to an average of 5.3 blocks per B1G game, good for second in the league.
- With Hammons as the focal point, the Boilers have scored 790 of their 1,564 points (50.5 percent) this season in the paint; Purdue is averaging 32.9 points per game in the paint and outscoring opponents by an average of 6.8 points per game on the block.
A.J. Hammons: C, Fr., 7-0, 280 - 11.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg
D.J. Byrd: G, Sr., 6-5, 228 - 9.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Terone Johnson: G, Jr., 6-2, 199 - 12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg
Ronnie Johnson: G, Fr., 6-0, 170 - 9.8 ppg, 3.8 apg
Donnie Hale: F, RFr., 6-8, 221 - 4.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Off the bench:
Rapheal Davis: G, Fr., 6-5, 211 - 5.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Anthony Johnson: G, Soph., 6-3, 191 - 5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Jay Simpson: F, Fr., 6-9, 268 - 2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Jacob Lawson: F, Soph., 6-8, 217 - 2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Series record: Purdue leads 96-84
Series streak: Purdue W8
Record @ Champaign: Illinois leads 54-34
Series streak @ Champaign: Purdue W3
Last meeting: Purdue 68, No. 11 Illinois 61 (Jan. 2, 2013 @ West Lafayette)
Groce vs. Purdue: 0-1
Boilermakers guard D.J. Byrd on what it will take to beat Illinois a second time…
"We've got to have a bunch of guys come together, keep chipping away and doing the right things. Illinois, we already beat them once this year but they've had some big wins; been playing really well these past couple games. We've got to be ready and focused."
On the first meeting between the two teams…
"We were able to get a big lead. They hit some big shots at the end, but we were still able to get out of there with a win. Anybody can get beat on any day."
On Illinois recent stretch of wins…
"They've had some players on their team knock down some shots; really playing well in the half court. They've been good the past couple games. We've got to be ready for that. I think going in there will be tough."
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