Purdue continues its slide

The Boilermakers dropped their fifth straight game, falling 76-70 on the road to Wisconsin.

The last time Purdue dropped five straight games, Matt Painter was in his first season as the Boilermakers' head coach, a 9-19 campaign for a rebuilding team.

Purdue (15-15, 5-12) hit that mark again, losing 76-70 to Wisconsin. Its free fall continued past another unfortunate mark.

The Boilermakers now sit in last place in the Big Ten, and need a win on Sunday against Northwestern to avoid being stuck with the 12 seed in the conference tournament. Perhaps more importantly, a victory is something a reeling team needs to get the good vibes back.

Against ninth-ranked Wisconsin, the effort was there, but the execution, again, was not. The Boilermakers had a better shooting percentage than the Badgers, but would go on to regret a 3-of-14 mark from beyond the arc and 11 turnovers. The game was right there for the taking in the end, but miscues throughout would prove to be costly.

Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky led all scorers with 22 points, while Traevon Jackson added 14 and Josh Gasser chipped in with 13. The Boilermakers received 15 points from Ronnie Johnson, while A.J. Hammons had another double-double, posting 11 points and 11 boards.

Midway through the second half, Wisconsin opened up a lead of 18 points, but the Boilermakers continued to fight. Even with the Badgers' seniors receiving a final Kohl Center salute in the last seconds, Terone Johnson drilled a three to cut into the lead. The game ended with Kendall Stephens hitting a three of his own.

Perhaps a positive sign is how the Boilermakers continue to battle until the final seconds. Still, it hasn't led to wins. Purdue passed another low with its five straight loss.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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