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Purdue at Eastern Michigan

Records: Purdue 4-4, Eastern Michigan 5-2

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Web: ESPN3

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Purdue leaders: Terone Johnson (13.1 ppg), A.J. Hammons (5.9 rpg), Ronnie Johnson, Terone Johnson (3 apg)

Eastern Michigan leaders: Daylen Harrison (12.4 ppg), Da’Shonte Riley (6.9 rpg), Jalen Ross (3.1 apg)

Key matchup: The 7-foot Riley started his career at Syracuse. He had six blocks Monday in a loss to the Orange and has 21 this season. Hammons, who is also 7-foot, has reached double figures in scoring in two of Purdue’s last three games.

The skinny: This is Purdue’s first-ever trip to Eastern Michigan, and the program’s first game at a Mid-American Conference school since 2008 at Ball State. … The Eagles are 5-0 at home this season. … Rapheal Davis is averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds for Purdue.

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