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Indiana State vs Purdue

Time: 04:00 P.M. EST
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While Purdue is headed back on the road for its next game, playing in Conseco Fieldhouse is hardly unfamiliar territory.

The last visit was anything but memorable.

After a week layoff, the 19th-ranked Boilermakers head to Indianapolis on Saturday to take on Indiana State.

Purdue (9-1) is 11-10 all-time at Conseco Fieldhouse, winning the Big Ten tournament title there in 2009. That championship run was part of a five-game win streak at Conseco that ended in stunning fashion for the Boilermakers on March 13.

They had won 13 of 14 overall and were ranked sixth in the nation going into its conference tournament semifinal matchup with Minnesota only to lose 69-42.

Purdue, though, has won its last three regular-season games on the Indiana Pacers' home floor, including a 69-49 victory over Ball State last year.

"We want to play in Indianapolis for a lot of reasons," said Matt Painter, who is 8-6 at Conseco as Purdue coach. "We have a great fan base down there, and we have a lot of players from the Indianapolis area. Playing at Conseco before the Big Ten tournament is also a plus. It's a win-win for us to continue to play in Indianapolis."

JaJuan Johnson has played especially well there. The Indianapolis native averaged 18.3 points in three games at Conseco last season.

"I love to play there," he said. "Every time I get to go home it's always a good feeling."

Johnson is coming off another solid performance in a 77-57 win over North Florida last Saturday, finishing with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Johnson, averaging 18.3 points, had 13 points and a season-high six turnovers four days earlier in a win over Valparaiso. He had two turnovers against the Ospreys.

"I thought he made some shots early to help his confidence," Painter said. "I just think getting the ball to him and establishing him early in the game really helped us."

The Boilermakers shot a season-best 55.8 percent, making up for a season-high 19 turnovers.

They also held a fourth straight opponent below 60 points and are allowing 56.2 per game this season, ranking among the Division I leaders.

Next season, Purdue, Butler, Indiana and Notre Dame will play a doubleheader in Indianapolis as part of the Crossroads Classic. The opponent the Boilermakers will face at Conseco this year won't be as imposing.

Indiana State (5-5) has won its last two, but the Sycamores' last victory - 86-42 over Oakland City on Sunday - was against a team from the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Indiana State is 0-2 against its in-state rivals, having lost 75-60 to Ball State on Nov. 17 and 81-72 to then-No. 25 Notre Dame on Nov. 30.

Dwayne Lathan leads the Sycamores in scoring with 15.2 points per game. He's averaged 21.0 in the last four, shooting 53.8 percent.

Indiana State has lost eight in a row over ranked opponents since defeating No. 15 Butler 72-64 on Dec. 9, 2006.

Purdue is 28-4 in the all-time series against Indiana State, winning the last two meetings, including a 76-62 victory in 2008. This is the first time the teams are meeting in Indianapolis.

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