January 9, 2010

Breakdown: UW versus Purdue

WIsconsin suffered its first loss of the season is a physical meeting with Michigan State earlier in the week. Now, with Purdue at the Kohl Center, things do not get much easier for the Badgers in what is already a big conference game.



Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Purdue to provide a closer look at an early Big Ten tilt.



Quick Notes:



-This afternoon's contest will be the 165th meeting between the two schools. Overall, Purdue holds a 102-62 advantage even with the Badgers having a 46-36 edge in Madison.



-UW has won eight of the past 10 games against Purdue in Madison with the two losses coming in each of the past two seasons.



-Purdue has won four straight games in the series. The core of Boiler juniors including Robbie Hummel have never lost to Wisconsin.



-With another win against Wisconsin today, Purdue would be the only team ever to win three straight games at the Kohl Center.












































































Purdue vs. Wisconsin
Purdue Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Chris Kramer vs. Trevon Hughes, PG Hughes is coming off his worst offensive performance since the Badgers lost to Xavier in the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament. There is no question he will have better days ahead, and he might start with today. Although, going against Kramer and his tenacious defense is never an easy thing. Advantage: Wisconsin
Keaton Grant vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Bohannon struggled a bit in guarding a hot shooting Chris Allen earlier in the week. Today, though Grant is not nearly the scoring threat Allen is, Bohannon will yet again have his hands full. Should Bohannon get on a roll early in the game on both sides of the court, he will be a tough matchup. The only problem is that he hasn't shown that propensity in a number of recent games. Advantage: Purdue
E'Twaun Moore vs. Tim Jarmusz SF When you start talking most improved player in the Big Ten, there has to be mention of Moore. He is leading the team in scroing with 16.4 points per game. He is a dynamic offensive threat that will keep Jarmusz and Ryan Evans working hard all game long. Advantage: Purdue
Robbie Hummel vs. Jon Leuer, PF Leuer single-handedly kept the Badgers in the game last Wednesday at Michigan State with his strong second half performance. He is starting to prove he can play at an elite level in conference play and that has to help get his confidence high. While Hummel is not an easy player to matchup with because of his skills, neither is Leuer. Advantage: Wisconsin
JaJuan Johnson vs. Keaton Nankivil, C This matchup will be the focal point for the battle of the boards. Johnson is the Boilermakers leading rebounder and has superior athleticism. Nankivil has shown flashes of being a great rebounder, he just needs to find the consistency. And remember back to last year when the Purdue game was Nankivil's breakout game. Advantage: Wisconsin
D.J. Byrd (pictured), Ryne Smith, Kelsey Barlow and Mark Wohlford vs. Jordan Taylor (pictured), Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans and Mike Bruesewitz, Bench With Taylor, Evans and Wilson starting to garner more attention from opposing coaches, their effort will need to be that much more focused. When matched up with Purdue's bench, though, there is no question UW is a bit better off. Advantage: Wisconsin
Matt Painter vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Painter is one of the few coaches in the Big Ten to repeatedly come into the Kohl Center and leave with a victory. So he should get some major credit where it is due. However, no team has ever pulled the three-peat inside the Kohl Center, so I will go with history on this one. Advantage: Wisconsin




Date/Time


Saturday, January, 9 at 5:30 p.m. CT


Location


Madison, Wis.


Arena


Kohl Center (17,230)


Television


Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee and Shon Morris)



Radio


Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)


Series


Purdue leads 102-62


Last Meeting


Purdue won 64-63 at UW on Jan. 27, 2009.



Rankings


Wisconsin: USA Today: 20, Assoc. Press: 17


Purdue: USA Today: 4, Assoc. Press: 4



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