Preview: No.11 Wisconsin at Purdue

Fresh off two lackluster wins at home, Wisconsin gets its first true test of the Big Ten season when the 11th-ranked Badgers head to Indiana to take on Purdue.

No.11 Wisconsin (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) at Purdue (14-5, 5-1)

Date/Time - Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Mackey Arena (14,123)

Television - ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Purdue leads 98-62

Last Meeting – Wisconsin won 69-64 on January 17, 2007 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Junior Forward, 11.1 ppg - leads the Badgers in scoring in conference games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Sophomore Guard, 13.2 ppg - has scored in double figures in 11 of 17 games)

22 Michael Flowers (Senior Guard, 9.4 ppg - averaging 16 points over last three games)

32 Brian Butch (Senior Forward, 12.8 ppg - five 10+ plus rebound games this season)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Junior Forward, 7.9 ppg - Leads the team in minutes played and has played at least 32 minutes in 11 of the last 12 games )

Off the Bench

12 Jason Bohannon (Sophomore Guard, 6.8 ppg - 28 or more minutes in seven of the last nine games)

30 Jon Leuer (Freshman Forward, 5.1 ppg - has made 11-of-19 three-pointers this season)

34 Greg Stiemsma (Senior Center, 3.2 ppg - leads team with 25 blocked shots)

Purdue Probable Starters

5 Keaton Grant (Sophomore Guard, 11.6 ppg)

4 Robbie Hummel (Freshman Forward, 10.7 ppg

33 E'Twaun Moore (Freshman Guard, 10.0 ppg)

3 Chris Kramer (Sophomore Guard, 7.2 ppg)

21 Nemanja Calasan (Junior Forward, 7.8 ppg)

Off The Bench

14 Scott Martin (Freshman Forward, 9.7 ppg)

25 JaJuan Johnson (Freshman Center, 6.0 ppg)

12 Tarrance Crump (Senior Guard, 5.0 ppg)

20 Marcus Green (Junior Guard, 4.5 ppg)

Last Time Out

A big-time three-pointer from Marcus Landry, some clutch free throws from sophomore Jason Bohannon and feisty all-around play from Michael Flowers and Joe Krabbenhoft helped the Badgers escape with a 64-61 victory over Michigan (5-14, 1-6) this past Tuesday.

"We've been in this situation before," Krabbenhoft said. "We've just got to be calm out there, we can't get down on ourselves. We always feel like we're going to come out on top."

Landry, who tied with Flowers for the UW lead with 14 points, took a pass from Trevon Hughes and knocked down a three-pointer with 19.2 seconds remaining to give Wisconsin a 62-58 lead and give the home team enough breathing room the rest of the way.

"I thought Trevon was going to come off the ball screen and shoot it, but I saw he kept driving," Landry said. "He had nowhere to go, so I came over, and just put it up there."

It wasn't Landry's most efficient game: 6-of-12, for a guy who has shot 58 percent this conference season.

Series Notes:

This will be the 161st meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue with the Boilermakers lead the all-time series 98- 62, including 64-16 in West Lafayette

The Badgers have won four of the last five meetings between the teams

UW's 77-68 win at Purdue on Jan. 5, 2005 was its first win at Mackey Arena since 1972 and this will be UW's first visit to Mackey Arena since Feb. 4, 2006

Wisconsin Notes:

Marcus Landry's older brother, Carl, scored 1,175 career points at Purdue, and was named first-team All-Big Ten last year as a senior

The Badgers defeated Michigan 64-61 on Tuesday. The win improved UW's record to 23-8 (.742) in its last 31 onepossesion games, dating back Dec. 27, 2002. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Wisconsin is 12-3 (.800) in games decided by three points or less.

The Badgers shot 66.0 percent from the free throw line during nonconference play. In Big Ten play, UW has made 89-of-125 (.712) from the charity stripe. Wisconsin attempted a season-high 37 free throws against Northwestern and is third in the conference with 21.3 free throw attempts per game. The Badgers are 66-6 under Bo Ryan when taking at least 25 free throws in a game.

UW tied a season low with just nine personal fouls against Michigan. The Badgers are averaging just 14.3 personal fouls per game, sixth-fewest in the country according to the Jan. 20 NCAA statistics.

Purdue Notes:

Purdue head coach Matt Painter is 1-1 all-time against the Badgers after taking over for long-time coach Gene Keady in 2005. Painter, a Purdue alum, is in his third season at the helm of the Boilermakers.

Purdue's has dished out more than 15 assists in each of its six Big Ten games. Prior to conference season, the Boilermakers averaged 11.8 assists in 13 non-conference games.

After shooting 31.9 percent from three-point range during the non-conference season, the Boilermakers are shooting 44 percent behind from beyond the arc in six Big Ten games.

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