FORT WAYNE –
Purdue is one of 11 teams in the country to qualify for the NCAA tournament in each of the past six seasons and one of just 24 teams in the nation with at least 20 wins in each of the past six seasons. The Boilermakers went 22-13 last season and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Guard/forward D.J. Byrd is 15th on the schools all-time list with 116 three-pointers.
Matt Painter has 160 career victories with Purdue. He is 16 wins shy of tying Ray Eddy for third place on the programs coaching victories list.
Guard Terone Johnson is 10 points shy of reaching 500 for his career. Johnson led the Boilermakers in field goal percentage last season (47.2 percent).
Purdues roster includes freshman guard Rapheal Davis, who is from Fort Wayne. Davis played at South Side before transferring to La Lumiere.
4 games of interest
Dec. 15 vs. Notre Dame: The Boilermakers face the Irish in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Jan. 5 at Michigan State: The beginning of a tough stretch for Purdue. The Boilermakers face another team ranked in the preseason top 25, Ohio State, on Jan. 8 at Mackey Arena.
Jan. 24 at Michigan: Purdue picked up a big road win in Ann Arbor last season.
Jan. 30 vs. Indiana: Purdue lost to the Hoosiers at home last season. The teams will also meet in Bloomington on Feb. 16.
3 key players
D.J. Byrd, Sr., G/F: The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Byrd averaged 8.9 points per game last season on the way to earning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Terone Johnson, Jr., G: The 6-2, 199-pound Johnson is the teams top returning scorer. He averaged 9.2 points per game in 2011-12.
Ronnie Johnson, Fr. G: The younger brother of Terone Johnson, Ronnie, 6-foot, 170, is expected to run the point. Hes part of a talented freshman recruiting class.
2 points of concern
Next man up: Purdue lost three of its top four scorers from last year. Who will step in to produce points?
Size matters: The Boilermakers have five guys listed at 6-foot-8 or taller. How will they use the size to their advantage?
1 major issue
Learning curve: Purdue is young. Byrd and guard Dru Anthrop are the only two seniors on the roster. The group will learn and improve together.