A Dose of Revenge

After dropping two games to Purdue last season, Wisconsin wants to pay back the favor. After losing out on last season's conference title, the Boilermakers want a crack at the Badgers. Both reasons make Sunday's match up an important game for both squad's psyche.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The bitter memories from that day still linger in the back of the senior's minds.

Wisconsin, sitting at 9-1 in conference a year ago, was ready for its rematch against the only Big Ten team to blemish its record.

Two weeks earlier, the Badgers were turned away when Robbie Hummel denied Michael Flowers on a last-second block, clinching the victory for the Boilermakers. Now on the Badgers home court, where UW was 50-2 against conference foes, UW was looking to pay back the favor.

But once again behind Hummel and his 21 points, Wisconsin couldn't handle a Boilermaker offense that shot 53 percent, sending the Badgers to their only other conference loss of the 2008 season.

"They outplayed us. They did," Joe Krabbenhoft recalled. "They were better than us in those two games. They took care of the ball better, they made the shots they were suppose to and we didn't."

But that was last year and this is this year and now both teams want something the other has – Purdue wants its first Big Ten title since 1996 and Wisconsin wants revenge from last season.

Both teams can take a big step to quenching its thirst for payback when Wisconsin travels to No.14 Purdue in a pivotal early season conference match up Sunday afternoon.

Picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference, Purdue is off to the rockiest of starts. Not only have the Boilermakers dropped their first two conference games (an overtime home loss to Illinois and a road defeat at Penn State), Purdue is playing with two of its main weapons injured, as starters Robbie Hummel (back) and Chris Kramer (sprained left foot) are both questionable after missing Tuesday's Penn State game.

While the Badgers sit at a tie atop the conference standings, Wisconsin knows that a winless Purdue is still a talented club and that coming away successful from Mackey Arena is easier said than done, as the Badgers have won only once in West Lafayette since 1972.

"They are 0-2 in the Big Ten, but that doesn't have any impact on Sunday," Marcus Landry said. "We can't look at their record because they are a very good team. Looking at those guys and them beating us twice last year, we will be ready, just like they are going to bring it at us."

Even if Hummel and Kramer don't play, Purdue's offense still has weapons. Sophomores E'Twaun Moore and Jajuan Johnson are second and third on the team in points, respectively, and junior Keaton Grant was the team's most valuable player last season.

"They're so talented, one of the most talented teams we'll play against," Krabbenhoft said. "You combine the talent with the work ethic that Coach Painter has instilled in those guys, you have a recipe for success."

Although the Badgers have moved on from last season's triumphs, as Purdue likely has from its missteps down the stretch, Wisconsin does remember what happened last season, although they've chosen not to act upon it until tip-off Sunday.

"It's something you can forget about until this year," Landry said. "When we play them, you've got to remember that we lost to these guys twice and remember that feeling. You have to bring it."


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