January 28, 2010

Breakdown: UW at Purdue

Two and a half weeks ago, Wisconsin put an end to Purdue's 14-game winning streak. Tonight, if UW is to sweep the season series against the Boilers, it will need to do so in a place the Badgers have historically struggled with second place on the line.

Before tonight's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between Wisconsin and Purdue to provide a closer look inside the critical Big Ten conference tilt.

Quick Notes:

-Tonight's game will be the 166th meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue. Overall, the Boilermakers lead with a 102-63 edge, including a dominant 66-16 tally in West Lafayette.

-Purdue is the only team in the Big Ten that has posted a winning record against Bo Ryan. Overall, UW has split the past 10 games with the Boilers.

-The Badgers have only beaten Purdue once on its last five tries and that came earlier this season.

Purdue vs. Wisconsin
Purdue Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Chris Kramer vs. Trevon Hughes, PG There aren't many players across the Big Ten as good defensively as Kramer. However, his lack of production on the offensive side of the ball leaves plenty to be desired. Hughes, on the other hand, does it all. Advantage: Wisconsin
E'Twaun Moore vs. Jason Bohannon, SG Moore has become one of the best players in the Big Ten and one of its more tenacious scorers. Bohannon, who has gotten better as a chaser, will have his hands full defensively against Moore who has a knack for getting to the rim. Advantage: Purdue

Kelsey Barlow vs. Jordan Taylor G In the first meeting between these two schools, Taylor established a career high with 23 points and helped the Badgers upset then No. 4 ranked Purdue. He has so much upper body strength that it makes it hard to defend if Taylor starts to penetrate. Advantage: Wisconsin
Robbie Hummel vs. Tim Jarmusz, F Jarmusz has proven he can play defense and play it well against some of the league's better players. However, with Hummel's size and versatility, it might be a rather tough task for the Badger junior. Advantage: Purdue
JaJuan Johnson vs. Keaton Nankivil, C When Johnson starts hitting that 15-18 foot jump shot, he becomes one of the more dangerous players in the entire league. He is incredibly athletic around the rim, so when he can extend his game, he becomes that much more valuable. Nankivil, who has had good games against Purdue in the past, will need to knock down his shots if UW has any hopes of winning. Advantage: Purdue
Keaton Grant (pictured), D.J. Byrd, Ryne Smith, John Hart, Patrick Bade vs. Mike Bruesewitz (pictured), Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren, Bench In the first meeting the Badgers dominated the boards and didn't allow Purdue to create many second chance looks. With guys like Bruesewitz and Evans coming off the bench, chances are the rebounding production won't slip too much for UW. It just becomes a matter of finding a scorer off the pine. Advantage: Wisconsin
Matt Painter vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Painter somehow has Ryan's teams figured out as he posts a 5-1 career record against UW under Ryan. He is a bright and intelligent young coach that has his team playing good basketball after suffering through a tough three-game losing streak. Ryan might have more career success at this point, but tonight, the edge goes to Painter at home. Advantage: Purdue

Extended notes:

-UW's Jordan Taylor ranks second in the country with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.

-With Sunday's win over Penn State, Bo Ryan tied Branch McCracken as the second-fastest coach in conference history to record 100 Big Ten wins, doing so in just 140 games.

-Defensively, Wisconsin is ranked No. 7 in the NCAA as they allow opponents just 57 points per game. UW also leads the country with just 9.5 turnovers per game.

-Tonight's game against Purdue will be the sixth game the Badgers have played when their opponent is ranked in the top 25. So far, UW is 4-1 in such contests, with its only blemish coming at Michigan State.


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Purdue leads 102-63


Wisconsin: USA Today: 16, Assoc. Press: 16

Purdue: USA Today: 12, Assoc. Press: 10

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