After a tough week falling in two very close games against formidable opponents, No. 6-ranked Purdue is back in action this Thursday to face Wisconsin on the road at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN.
Coming into the contest, Purdue fell to Michigan State on the road their last time out on a last-second three from Miles Bridges to send the Spartans to a 68-65 win. Purdue once again was the aggressor early, with a 9-2 start to the game that led into a 36-31 halftime lead. The Boilermakers just ran out of gas down the end when they had multiple cold spurts which were costly. If they were going to win, Isaac Haas would’ve been the Game MVP. Haas led all scorers with 25 points and was the workhorse for Purdue that really went to work.
Wisconsin coming into the game also did not find success their last time out, falling to No. 20-ranked Michigan at home 83-72. The Badgers were doomed from the beginning, after being outscored by the Wolverines 44-22 in the first twenty minutes. The second half did not go well either, as Wisconsin was never able to even reach within 15 points at times. Ethan Happ was the primary scorer, finishing with 29 points and without him, Wisconsin would have seen their worst loss this season. However, Happ hit 12-23 shots to make the box score not look as bad as it was.
THE NUMBERS TO KNOW (Purdue Athletics Department)
• 1: Number of starting lineups used this year; 1-of-3 power-conference teams w/ same lineup.
• 4: Number of teams with three 15.0 points per game scorers; Purdue is only major-conf. team.
• 4: Purdue has won 12 league games in four straight years for the second time in school history.
• 4: Number of players with multiple 20-point performances this season.
• 6: Purdue’s AP ranking, the sixth straight week that Purdue has been ranked in the top six.
• 7: Purdue record for Big Ten road victories. A win over Wisconsin will tie that mark.
• 10: Consecutive double-figure scoring games for Carsen Edwards (17.4 PPG in that span).
• 10: Largest deficit in Big Ten play this season.
• 11: Combined margin of defeat in Purdue’s four losses this season (3, 4, 1, 3 points). • 4,749: Combined career points by Purdue’s senior class (36.3 points per game for career).
PPG: Purdue 82.5, Wisconsin 67.6
PA: Purdue 64.3, Wisconsin 67.1
FG%: Purdue 49.6%, Wisconsin 45.3%
RPG: Purdue 35.7, Wisconsin 31.0
BPG: Purdue 5.3, Wisconsin 3.5
SPG: Purdue 6.2, Wisconsin 5.3
Purdue’s Projected Starting Lineup
G: P.J. Thompson
G: Carsen Edwards
F: Dakota Mathias
F: Vince Edwards
C: Isaac Haas
Wisconsin’s Projected Starting Lineup
G: Aleem Ford
G: Brad Davison
F: Khalil Iverson
F: Nate Reuvers
C: Ethan Happ
Sorry Wisconsin, but this game is not going to be close at all. The Boilermakers are going to steam roll the Badgers and embarrass them on their home court. Coming off back-to-back extremely close losses, Purdue is not going to take one second of this game for granted and will win huge. Expect this one to reach at least a 20-point blowout, and if not, 30-points. Purdue is way too good for a 11-16 team to even try and compete with. Wisconsin has lost four out of their last five to some bad Big Ten teams, and will lose this one. Boiler Up!