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Numbers to watch

Expect another blowout victory for No. 4 Purdue tonight against SIU Edwardsville.

But at least there will be some statistics to follow.

Junior Robbie Hummel has made 28 consecutive free throws, and he's also three rebounds from reaching 500 in his career. With that milestone in check, Hummel would be nearing another. He's 74 points from 1,000, and he'd be just the 19th player in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

A victory would make Purdue 11-0, moving closer to the best start in program history. The Boilermakers started 11-0 in 1936-37 and were 14-0 in 1993-94.

A victory also would tie for the longest winning streak in the Matt Painter era. Purdue won 11 in a row from Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 2008.

In a non-milestone number note, keep an eye out for 55. As in Purdue freshman Sandi Marcius. He's participating in the "layup line" right now in pre-game, a first. On Monday, Marcius was the most active in practice that I've seen him in the last couple weeks, running the floor, jump-stopping to shoot, being physical on certain drills in the post. He's obviously not in condition, getting fatigued quickly, but that will come.

Matt Painter didn't hold a teleconference this week, so there's been no word on when Marcius may make his debut. But it would seem to make sense -- if it's possible -- to get him some time tonight and then against lowly Iowa on Dec. 29. Get him eased in a bit against lesser opponents before throwing him into Big Ten competition against better programs. We'll see.

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