Preview: Wisconsin vs. No.14 Purdue

With the Badgers at full strength and at 3-0 in the conference, Wisconsin looks to get past an injury-plagued Purdue and win in West Lafayette for only the second time since 1972.

Wisconsin (12-3, 3-0 Big Ten) vs. Purdue (11-4, 0-2 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Sunday, Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m. Central

Arena – Mackey Arena (14,123)

Television - CBS (Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery)

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

Series – Purdue Leads 100-62

Last Meeting - Purdue won, 72-67, on February 9, 2008 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.1 ppg - has started 57 consecutive games)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.3 ppg - has scored 20+ points seven times in his career)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.6 ppg - owns 28 career double-digit scoring games, including 10 this year)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.9 ppg - has appeared in 118 consecutive games)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.6 ppg - ranks fourth on the team in rebounds)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.0 ppg - has played the most minutes of any freshman)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.6 ppg - averaging 17.5 minutes per game)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.9 ppg - leads the Big Ten in scoring among non starters)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.4 ppg - has played in every game this season)

Purdue Probable Starters

5 Keaton Grant (Junior Guard, 7.9 ppg)

20 Marcus Green (Senior Forward, 5.8 ppg)

23 Lewis Jackson (Freshman Guard, 5.6 ppg)

25 Jajuan Johnson (Sophomore Forward, 12.2 ppg)

33 E'Twaun Moore (Sophomore Guard, 15.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Chris Kramer (Junior Guard, 3.7 ppg)

4 Robbie Hummel (Sophomore, Forward, 13.8 ppg)

11 Bobby Riddell (Senior Guard, 2.6 ppg)

24 Ryne Smith (Freshman Guard, 1.9 ppg)

44 Nemanja Calasan (Senior Forward, 7.9 ppg)

Last Time Out

Jason Bohannon gave Wisconsin one way to beat Northwestern's pesky defensive zone and its Princeton offense. Jon Leuer, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft provided others on Wednesday night. Combine all those different faucets together and the Badgers made life pretty tough in their annual dismantling of the Wildcats.

With the Badgers winning their 11th straight home game over the Wildcats, this time with a 74-45 victory, the largest victory over Northwestern in six years, Wisconsin (11-3, 3-0 Big Ten) did so by pinpointing all the flaws in the 1-3-1 zone of the Wildcats.

It started with Bohannon, who scored a career-high 20 points but doing it in unconventional ways. Known for his three-point shooting and free throws, 10 of Bohannon's points came from driving into the holes in the zone and converting layups off the glass.

It continued with Leuer, who added 15 points, three blocks, two steals and a collegiate-high eight rebounds, and kept going by Landry, who finished with 12 points - his third straight game in double figures, and Krabbenhoft, who tied Leuer with eight rebounds, until Northwestern was down 30 points late in the second half.

The Badgers got 30 points from the post, 18 points from the perimeter and 14 from the free throw line, a balanced scoring effort which led to Wisconsin shooting 50 percent from the field, the fourth game this season in which the Badgers have shot 50 percent or better.

Wisconsin also was far from selfish, dishing out 16 assists between six players, including a career-high five from Bohannon.

Series Notes:

This marks the 163rd meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue with the Boilermakers lead the all-time series 100-62, including a 65-16 advantage in West Lafayette. The Badgers have won four of the last seven meetings between the teams

Bo Ryan owns a 5-5 record all-time vs. Purdue

Marcus Landry's older brother, Carl, scored 1,175 career points at Purdue, and was named first-team All-Big Ten as a senior in 2007

This game marks the 23rd time Purdue has been ranked at the time of the game, with the Boilermakers posting a 19-3 record in those games entering Sunday's matchup.

Wisconsin Notes:

Dating back to last season Wisconsin has now won 13 consecutive games vs. Big Ten opponents. The Big Ten's longest conference win streak includes 10-straight regular season wins. The Badgers last Big Ten loss was a 72-67 decision to Purdue (2/9/08).

The Badgers are 9-9 over the last three seasons against opponents ranked in the AP top 25. That mark includes a 4-3 record in road games against ranked foes.

Wisconsin leads the Big Ten and is tied for third nationally with an average of just 10.7 turnovers per game. UW has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 10 games this year, including four vs. Penn St. and six vs. Milwaukee and Virginia Tech. UW owns a 23-1 record when committing 10 or fewer turnovers over the last two seasons.

Wisconsin is allowing just 58.9 points per game. That number ranks sixth in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally. Only three teams have scored more than 61 points in a game against the Badgers.

Purdue Notes:

Purdue is 485-113 all-time in Mackey Arena.

Purdue's last 0-2 start in the Big Ten season came back in Matt Painter's fi rst season as the Boilermaker head coach – 2005-06. The Boilermakers opened that conference campaign 0-3 with losses to Northwestern, Michigan and Ohio State before knocking off Minnesota for their first Big Ten win.

Purdue's consecutive losses to Oklahoma and Duke marked the first time the Boilermakers lost back-to-back games since falling to Wofford (Dec. 19, 69-66) and Iowa State (Dec. 22, 83-80) of last season. The pair of losses were just the third back-to- back set over the past three seasons (including this year).

The Boilermakers are 8-2 at home in Mackey Arena in 2008-09, continuing the team's success in front of the home crowd. Purdue has amassed a record of 49-9 at home since Matt Painter took over the reigns of the program for the 2005-06 season, including a 40-3 record at home since the start of the 2006-07 campaign. Since Mackey Arena opened in 1967, the Boilermakers have enjoyed one perfect season at home – an 11-0 mark in 1968-69. Purdue has registered 15 one-loss seasons at home.


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