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First men's exhibition game tonight

At least six hours before tipoff of Purdue's first exhibition game of the season, students were plopped on the cold cement outside of Mackey Arena on Tuesday.

Think there's a bit of excitment about the program?

Fans will get their first chance to see the team play tonight against California University of Pennsylvania.

A couple of things I'm looking forward to seeing:

  • The freshmen. I'm excited to see the newcomers and get an idea of what roles they'll play this season. Kelsey Barlow, D.J. Byrd and Patrick Bade will make their debuts tonight.
  • How many turnovers can Purdue's defense create. Point guard Lewis Jackson won't play, serving the first of his three-game suspension, but Chris Kramer should do plenty to create some havoc on the perimeter. Maybe a healthy Keaton Grant can do it, too.
  • JaJuan Johnson. It may be tough to get a gauge on offseason improvements made by any of Purdue's returning players against a Division II opponent, but Johnson said he has been focusing on rebounding. He better dominate the glass tonight.
  • Kramer's shot. Not that Kramer needs to score for this team to do well -- it has so far without him being a big threat -- but if he can start sticking open jumpers with consistency, that'll be a nice boost to the offense.

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