Fun Facts: Purdue-Iowa

Purdue has Terone and Ronnie Johnson. Iowa had John Johnson.

Published: March 2 2014 | 10:44 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:04 am in

Do regular-season basketball games constitute "March Madness" if they're played in March? Is March really March if the wind-chill is below-zero? What if it never warms up?

It will, it will. On with the Fun Facts:

1. Purdue has played six overtimes of basketball this season, the latest in its 77-76 single-overtime home loss to Michigan Wednesday.

2. The Boilermakers' five starters totaled 74 of those 76 points.

3. Purdue has won 11 of its last 13 games against Iowa. But the Hawkeye won the last one, 58-48 last Feb. 27 in Iowa City.

4. Purdue sophomore A.J. Hammons has 148 career blocked shots. That would rank him fourth on Iowa's all-time list.

5. Iowa has won 29 straight home games against unranked opponents. Purdue is decidedly unranked.

6. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 in games decided by double-digits, 4-9 in those decided by single-digits.

7. Purdue guard Terone Johnson is first on the team in scoring, second in assists. Guard Ronnie Johnson is second on the team in scoring, first in assists. They are brothers.

8. Purdue had three Johnsons last season. Guard Anthony Johnson transferred to Northern Illinois.

9. There are 61 players with the last name Johnson in Division I basketball. The leading scorer among them is Fresno State's Tyler Johnson, who averages 16.1 points.

10. John Johnson averaged 27.9 points and 10.1 rebounds for the 1969-70 Hawkeyes. Nine years later, he averaged 11.0 points for the NBA-champion Seattle Supersonics.

11. Justin Johnson made eight 3-pointers in a game for Iowa on Jan. 2 and Feb. 2 in 2008. And five of them came in a 61-second period!  Of his 128 baskets in that 2007-08 season, 93 were 3-pointers.

11. This will be the 13th time in Iowa's 16 Big Ten games in which it is the favorite.

12. According to Purduesports.com, over the years, Purdue teams had been called grangers, pumpkin-shuckers, railsplitters, cornfield sailors, blacksmiths, foundry hands and, finally, boilermakers. That last one stuck.

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