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February 1, 2011

Breakdown: UW vs. Purdue

MADISON - Though national signing day hoopla is dominating the news cycle lately, the Wisconsin men's basketball team has a marquee matchup inside the Kohl Center tonight as it welcomes in No. 10 Purdue.

Before today's tip-off, BadgerBlitz.com analyzes the potential matchups between the Badgers and Boilermakers to provide a closer look at UW's key Big Ten matchup

Quick Notes:

-Considering Ohio State is cruising with a 9-0 conference record, any more losses would essentially eliminate UW's hopes of clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title. Really, the three losses the Badgers already have might be too much to overcome already. Purdue, however, has two losses so a win would move Wisconsin into second place in the league standings.

-Wisconsin is currently riding a 14-game home winning streak dating back to last season. UW is 11-0 at home this season, winning by an average of 21.1 points per game.

-Keaton Nankivil has topped the 20-point mark twice in his career. Both of those games came against Purdue.

Purdue vs. Wisconsin
Purdue Wisconsin Players The Word Advantage
Lewis Jackson vs. Jordan Taylor, PG Having recently played Talor Battle, Taylor really doesn't receive a break as he draws another of the Big Ten's quickest guards in Jackson. Though Jackson won't necessarily fill up the score sheet, he will run the Boiler offense at a high level distribute the basketball like any veteran would. Because Taylor is at home, and because he's so smart with the ball, he gets the edge. Advantage: Wisconsin
Ryne Smith vs. Josh Gasser, G Gasser had a bit of an offensive setback following his historic triple-double against Northwestern earlier in the week by scoring just two points and logging three rebounds. As a freshman its becoming apparent that Gasser's offensive output only comes when matchups are in his favor. Tonight may not be one of those nights with the way Purdue defends. Advantage: Purdue
E'Twaun Moore vs. Tim Jarmusz F As one of UW's better defenders Jarmusz will draw the unenviable task of defending Moore, an All-American candidate. Though Jarmusz is never asked to produce much offensively, he will be demanded to play some of his best defense of the season if the Badgers are to knock off the Boilers tonight. Advantage: Purdue
Travis Carroll vs. Jon Leuer G/F Leuer continues to be a nightmare for opposing defenders. His length, versatility and range make him nearly impossible to defend, particularly if his shot from the perimeter is working. Advantage: Wisconsin
JaJuan Johnson vs. Keaton Nankivil, C Johnson averages more than 10 points per game and shoots better than 60 percent from the field against Wisconsin. Nankivil, on the other hand, has logged his only two 20-point performances against Purdue. Should make for an interesting matchup tonight. Advantage: Push
Kelsey Barlow (pictured), Terone Johnson, D.J. Byrd, John Hart and Patrick Bade vs. Ryan Evans (pictured), Rob Wilson, Jared Berggren, Tim Jarmusz, Ben Brust, Brett Valentyn, Bench UW needs a guy like Bruesewitz, Evans or Wilson to provide a spark off the bench, particularly if Leuer or Taylor are having a rough time finding their stroke. Painter likes to roll seven or eight deep and all three guys that regularly come off the bench have ability to score. Advantage: Purdue
Matt Painter vs. Bo Ryan, Head coach Painter is one of the few coaches in the Big Ten to have sustained success against the Badgers inside the Kohl Center. Of the six losses Ryan has suffered at home against Big Ten foes, two have come from the hands of Purdue. But UW is really good coming off a loss. Maybe that's a blessing in disguise. Advantage: Wisconsin


Date/Time

Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m. CT

Location

Madison, WI.

Arena

Kohl Center (17,190)

Television

ESPN (Dave O'Brien, Dan Dakich and Jill Montgomery)

Radio

Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series

Purdue wins 103-63

Last Meeting

Purdue won, 60-57, in West Lafayette, on Jan. 28, 2010

Rankings

Wisconsin: USA Today: 18, Assoc. Press: 19

Penn State: USA Today: 10, Assoc. Press: 11



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