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|
Purdue visits Kohl Center on Sunday to take on No. 17 Wisconsin. It gets started at 1 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Boilermakers are 4-3 against the Badgers over the last four years. They lost 67-62 the last time they played (Jan. 12, 2012).
Purdue is ninth in the conference and Wisconsin is second. Both teams continue to jockey for position.
The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa 58-48 on Feb. 27 despite 13 points from Donnie Hale. He is putting up 4.3 points per game while also averaging 3.1 rebounds per game. For the Badgers, Sam Dekker finished with 19 points in the 77-46 blowout of Nebraska on Feb. 26. He is averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Four Factors in which Wisconsin stands out are defensive rebounding percentage at 74.3 percent and turnover percentage at 15.1 percent.
- Purdue is better under pressure, and has defeated Wisconsin in five out of the last nine games decided by five points or fewer.
- Diaper Dandies love Purdue. Purdue has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Wisconsin (5 vs. 2).
- The Purdue assist leader (Ronnie Johnson, 105 assists) has more assists than the Wisconsin assist leader (Traevon Jackson, 75 assists).
- The Purdue blocks leader (A.J. Hammons, 56 blocks) has more blocks than the Wisconsin blocks leader (Jared Berggren, 55 blocks).
- Purdue has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (64.9 percent to 60.5 percent).
- Wisconsin has to pay up to win. The coach for Purdue has a much lower base salary than Wisconsin ($1,398,120 vs. $1,550,000).
- D.J. Byrd is ranked 6th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- A.J. Hammons is ranked 7th in the Big Ten in rebounds and 1st in the Big Ten in blocks.
- The Purdue scoring leader (Terone Johnson, 344 points) has more points than the Wisconsin scoring leader (Jared Berggren, 324 points).