Many of JaJuan Johnson's statistics stick out.
He's leading the Big Ten in scoring (20.5 ppg), is second in blocked shots (2.2 pg), fifth in rebounding (7.9 pg), is shooting 51 percent from the field and 80 percent on free throws.
But how about this: He's fourth in the league in minutes, averaging nearly 35 per game.
Dare I say that's one of the most important stats for Purdue this season?
Johnson has had at least three fouls in a game only three times this season. In his only four-foul game -- against Southern Illinois early in the season -- he still played 33 minutes.
I recently asked Johnson if he's being more careful on defense to avoid getting into foul trouble.
"Maybe a little bit like in the beginning of games," he said. "Second half, just depending on the situation, I'm just pretty much playing free, the way I really want to. I think it's been helping a little bit."
Johnson's ability to stay on the court will be key again against the top-ranked Buckeyes on Tuesday. That's why I'm curious how much he will actually guard fellow superstar big man Jared Sullinger.
Sullinger has been a beast in the post, using his strength and great feet to get deep position and abuse defenders. Sullinger averages seven free throws per game -- he's made 106 out of 143 this season.
Johnson also has gotten to the line quite a bit, making 103 of his 130 attempts.
He hopes to keep up the production, while keeping up the minutes.
"I'm a little sore right now, but it's nothing a little ice can't handle. I'm doing pretty well surprisingly," he said. "I guess this is what you condition for during the summer."