Preview: No.16 Purdue vs. Wisconsin

Stuck in reverse over the last two-plus weeks, the Wisconsin Badgers look to get a foot on the right path by breaking their four game losing streak. To do so, the Badgers will have to break another streak, a three-game losing skid against Purdue.

No.16 Purdue (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (12-7, 3-4 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Kohl Center (17,230)

Television - ESPN (Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin and Erin Andrews)

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

Series – Purdue Leads 101-62

Last Meeting - Purdue won, 65-52, on January 11, 2009 in West Lafayette

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.1 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.2 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.9 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.7 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.4 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.5 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.0 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.4 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.0 ppg)

Purdue Probable Starters

4 Robbie Hummel (Sophomore, Forward, 13.2 ppg)

5 Keaton Grant (Junior Guard, 8.1 ppg)

23 Lewis Jackson (Freshman Guard, 5.4 ppg)

25 Jajuan Johnson (Sophomore Forward, 12.8 ppg)

33 E'Twaun Moore (Sophomore Guard, 14.0 ppg)

Off the Bench

3 Chris Kramer (Junior Guard, 4.5 ppg)

11 Bobby Riddell (Senior Guard, 2.4 ppg)

20 Marcus Green (Senior Forward, 5.8 ppg)

24 Ryne Smith (Freshman Guard, 1.9 ppg)

44 Nemanja Calasan (Senior Forward, 7.4 ppg)

Last Time Out

After two straight overtime games, only regulation was needed this time out, as Illinois (17-3 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) defeated Wisconsin (12-7, 3-4) 64-57, sending the Badgers into a four game losing streak, their first since 2006 and the first time they've lost four straight conference games since 1998.

Demetri McCarney scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Fighting Illini, while Joe Krabbenhoft scored a career-high 16 points to pace the Badgers. Krabbenhoft also notched his eighth career double-double, as he also hauled in 12 rebounds. Illinois wasted no time grabbing the lead. After the second media timeout of the first half, the Illini went on an 11-2 run to push the score to 20-14 and went into halftime with a 32-25 cushion.

Making shots turned out to be Wisconsin's problem against Illinois. The Badgers only shot 35.6 percent from the field well the Illini connect on 50 percent of their field goals. In spite of that, the Badgers will try to take some positives out of being able to still rally at the end and show their toughness.

Last Meeting

The Badgers shot ice cold from the floor during the first half and watched helplessly as Purdue sophomore JaJuan Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Badgers dug a big hole they never could recover from, falling to No.14 Purdue 65-52 Sunday afternoon.

After scoring only 14 points in UW's two matchups with Purdue last season and averaging 5.4 points per game last season, Johnson is averaging 12.7 points per game and another weapon in Purdue's arsenal.

With Purdue (12-4, 1-2 Big Ten) getting nine offensive rebounds in the first half, Johnson set the tone from the game's opening minutes, scoring the Boilers first six points, four coming off offensive rebounds, to help Purdue build a 14-point first-half advantage that they never lost.

While the Badgers (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten) missed their share of easy lay ups and wide-open jump shots, Wisconsin was uncharacteristic in its shot selection, hoisting a plethora of hasty shots, usually with a defender in the face, that proved to be unproductive. So while Purdue shot 53 percent (9-for-17) during a 10 minute stretch midway through the first half, Wisconsin couldn't counter.

The Badgers started the game shooting 22 percent (4-for-18) and made one field goal during an eight-minute stretch of the Boilers run.

Joe Krabbenhoft led UW with 13 points, the lone player in double figures for the Badgers, and watched their top two scoring threats (Landry and Trevon Hughes) go a combined 6-for-26 from the field.

The game was especially tough for Landry, who lead the team with 17 points per game during conference play entering Sunday. Never finding any semblance of rhythm and hazed all afternoon by the students, Landry finished a dismal 3-for-15 from the field and only nine points.

Series Notes:

This marks the 164th meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue with the Boilermakers lead the all-time series 101-62, but the Badgers own a 46-36 edge in Madison.

The two teams have split the last eight meetings with Purdue winning the last three.

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 24th time Purdue has been ranked at the time of the game, with the Boilermakers posting a 20-3 record in those games entering Tuesday's matchup.

Wisconsin Notes:

Despite a 12-7 record, RealTimeRPI. com still has Wisconsin ranked 24th in the nation in RPI. UW owns the No. 2 strength of schedule in all of college basketball.

Wisconsin lost its most recent home game vs. Minnesota last week. The Badgers have never lost consecutive home games in the Bo Ryan era. In fact, the last time UW lost back-to-back home contests was vs. Iowa and Michigan State in 2000.

The Badgers have not lost five consecutive Big Ten games since dropping the final 11 conference games of the 1998 season.

Purdue Notes:

Through 19 games this season, the magic number for Purdue seems to be 64. If the Boilermakers hold their opponent to 64 points or less in a game, the Old Gold & Black is a perfect 15-0. In games when the foes reach the 65-point mark, Purdue has gone winless at 0-4.

Since the beginning of the 2006-07 season, the 64-point mark has held constant. Purdue has a record of 51-3 when holding an opponent to 64 points or less, while the Boilermakers are 11-22 when yielding 65 or more.

The Purdue Boilermakers rank first in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to a .356 field goal average on the season.

For whatever reason, the Boilermakers seem to step up their game a bit against the defending Big Ten regular season and tournament champions. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Wisconsin is 22-3 against Big Ten Conference foes – and all three losses have come at the hands of the Boilermakers. Purdue defeated Wisconsin last season in West Lafayette, 60-56, and followed that win with victory in Madison, 72-67. The Boilermakers' 65-52 win over the Badgers this season (Jan. 11) was the largest margin of victory in the series since Purdue defeated UW by 18 on Feb. 5, 2003 (78-60).

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