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Purdue University

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Penn State at Purdue

Records: Purdue 7-8, 1-2 Big Ten; Penn State 8-7, 0-3

When: Noon today

Where: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 92.7 FM, 1380 AM

Purdue leaders: Terone Johnson (13.7 ppg), A.J. Hammons (6.1 rpg), Ronnie Johnson (3.3 apg)

Penn State leaders: D.J. Newbill (15.3 ppg), Ross Travis (7.6 rpg), Newbill (3.8 apg)

Key matchups: Guards Newbill and Jermaine Marshall (14.5 points per game) have helped fill the void since Tim Frazier suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in Tuesday’s loss against Ohio State. Terone Johnson is averaging 18 points in Big Ten games this year.

The skinny: Purdue has won seven of the last eight in the series. The Boilermakers have a 27-11 advantage in the all-time series.

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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