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Purdue hopes for road success at Iowa

Feb 14, 2009 - 11:29 AM No. 23 Purdue (18-6) at Iowa (13-12) 4:00 p.m. EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- The road has not been kind to No. 24 Purdue this month.

The Boilermakers will be looking to snap a two-game road slide when they visit Iowa on Saturday.

Purdue (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) dropped back-to-back tests at Ohio State and Illinois in the first week of February, surrendering its sole grip on second place in the Big Ten in the process. The Boilermakers looked particularly bad at Illinois, shooting just 32 percent and connecting on 2-of-15 3-point attempts in the 66-48 loss.

JaJuan Johnson helped Purdue get back on track, collecting 14 points and 13 rebounds in a home win over Penn State on Wednesday. E'Twaun Moore, who shares the team lead in scoring with Johnson at 13.5 points per game, added 10 against the Nittany Lions.

Iowa (13-12, 3-9) has had little success anywhere in Big Ten action, sitting in 10th place after dropping five of its last six games.

The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent against Wisconsin on Wednesday but allowed the Badgers to shoot 53 percent while committing 14 turnovers ina 69-52 loss. Iowa had only two players score more than six points in the contest, led by Jake Kelly's 17.

The Boilermakers dominated the first meeting, 75-53, on January 18, nailing 10-of-15 3-pointers and holding the Hawkeyes to 36 percent shooting.