Purdue vs. Wisconsin: Full Game Preview
|Purdue||T Johnson 12.7||A Hammons 6.5||R Johnson 3.8|
|Wisconsin||J Berggren 11.6||R Evans 7.6||T Jackson 2.7|
On Sunday, No. 17 Wisconsin welcomes Purdue at Kohl Center. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Badgers are 3-4 against the Boilermakers over the last four years. The last time they played they won 67-62 on Jan. 12, 2012.
Wisconsin is second in the Big Ten and Purdue is in ninth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
In a 77-46 dismantling of Nebraska on Feb. 26, Sam Dekker put up 19 points for the Badgers. He tallies 9.5 points per game and also adds 3.4 rebounds per game. For the Boilermakers, A.J. Hammons finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds in the 58-48 loss to Iowa on Feb. 27. With 6.5 rebounds per game and 2 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- Wisconsin has a better record at home than Purdue this season (15-2 vs. 10-5).
- Wisconsin has a better scoring defense (55.3 allowed per game vs. 64.0 allowed per game) than Purdue this season.
- Wisconsin has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Purdue (No. 9 vs. No. 66).
- Wisconsin is ranked higher than Purdue in the Big Ten (No. 2 vs. No. 9).
- Ryan Evans is ranked 3rd in the Big Ten in rebounds.
- Wisconsin beat Purdue by 5 points the last time they played (Jan 12, 2012).
- The Wisconsin rebounding leader (Ryan Evans, 212 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Purdue rebounding leader (A.J. Hammons, 183 rebounds).
- Jared Berggren is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 2nd in the Big Ten in blocks.
- Ben Brust is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- Wisconsin has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Purdue (10 vs. seven).
- Wisconsin has a stronger schedule than Purdue this season (SOS Rank: No. 18 vs. No. 57).