Quite a turn of events

Game notes - Boilermakers' backs against the wall after 36-point loss

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MADISON, Wis.—Purdue coach Gene Keady was understandably upset after his team's 82-46 loss to Wisconsin Sunday.


Wisconsin's 36-point win was its largest margin of victory in the 156-game history of the series. Earlier this season, at Purdue, the Badgers lost 53-51 when junior guard Devin Harris' 3-pointer went awry as time expired.


After Sunday's game, Keady burst into laughter when asked how much Wisconsin had improved since he last saw them.


"What did they win by? They improved by whatever points it was by over two," Keady said. "Against us, they improved a lot. We let them improve."


The loss dropped the Boilermakers to 17-10 overall, 7-7 in conference play, weakening the team's chances of reaching the NCAA tournament.


"I don't have an answer to that. It is up to the committee," Keady said regarding Purdue's chances of earning a berth.


"With this performance, I'm not going to say because I think we are going to recover and then have a chance to be in it. Right now I'm so frustrated about all this…I don't want to fly home, I want to go practice. Try to teach them how to do stuff right."


Keady wanted to practice almost as soon as his team took the floor Sunday.


"If I had had the whistle in this game we would have gone back in the auxiliary gym and practiced," he said. "About eight minutes in the game gone I'd have said, ‘Timeout Teddy (official Ted Hillary). I want to go upstairs. I've got to get something ironed out."


Kartelo plays in second half


Purdue senior center Ivan Kartelo, normally a starter, sat out the first half as the result of a suspension stemming from his involvement in a bar fight. Kartelo entered the game early in the second half and played 10 minutes, contributing three points and one rebound.


"Our plan was to let him lay out the first half," Keady said. "It was a situation where if he would have done it in high school I would have cut him. I don't let people do that. I think there had to be an example of him laying out. I think that young people need to know you can't break rules. But when you start messing with people's careers you've got to be a little more cautious about exactly what you do with people. I'm not sure it was the right penalty or not, but that's what I did and I'm not sorry for it. I'm not sure how much effect it had on the game."


Purdue was also missing starting forward Matt Kiefer, a sophomore, and little-used sophomore forward Matt Carroll, due to injuries.

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