Jan. 27, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- After pulling off a pair of comeback wins at the Kohl Center last week, the No. 16 Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-4, 6-2) travel to Purdue to take on the 10th-ranked Boilermakers (16-3, 4-3) on their home turf. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 54-48 last Wednesday, followed by a nail-biting, 79-71, overtime win vs. Penn State on Sunday.
Thursday’s tilt at Mackey Arena will mark the rematch of a Badger win earlier this season. Behind 20-point nights from Jordan Taylor and Jason Bohannon, Wisconsin knocked Purdue from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 73-66 win on Jan. 9. Round two will tip off at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
| Game 21 | No. 16 Wisconsin (16-4, 6-2) at No. 10 Purdue (16-3, 4-3)
|| Thursday, Jan. 28 | 6 p.m.
|| West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena
|| ESPN with Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin
| Streaming Video
|| Live stream at ESPN360.com
Wisconsin Radio Network with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas
Siruis 91 -- XM 196
|| GameTracker | Live Gameday Blog
| All-Time Series
|| UW trails 63-102
Roster | Schedule | Stats | News | Record Book | Game Notes
Roster | Schedule | Stats | News | Game Notes
Playing the Best: Thursday’s contest will mark the Badgers’ sixth game against a top-25 opponent this season, owning a 4-1 record in such games. UW is one of just five teams in the nation (along with Duke, Georgetown, Ohio State and Syracuse) to post four wins against the AP top-25.
Against the top 10: The Badgers have already played three games vs. top-10 teams, knocking off No. 6 Duke and No. 4 Purdue and losing at No. 10 Michigan State. Syracuse (3) is the only school with more wins over top-10 opponents than Wisconsin (2). Purdue and Texas have also beaten two top-10 teams this season.
In Ryan’s nine seasons at UW, the Badgers are 7-18 vs. AP top 10 teams. UW’s last road win over a top 10 foe was a 67-66 win at No. 9 Texas (12/29/07).
Series Notes: This marks the 166th meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series 102-63, including a 66-16 advantage in West Lafayette.
The two teams have split the last 10 meetings, but UW won the most recent match-up, 73-66, on Jan. 9, putting a blemish on Purdue’s perfect 14-0 start.
Since Bo Ryan arrived in Madison, Purdue leads the series 7-6. The Boilermakers are the only Big Ten team with a winning record against the Badgers in that era.
One to Watch: Once sophomore guard Jordan Taylor put his foot on the gas in last Sunday’s pulse-pounding overtime win vs. Penn State, there was no looking back for the Badgers. Shaking off an 0-for-8 start from the floor, Taylor single-handedly erased Wisconsin’s eight-point deficit over the final two minutes of regulation and added another 10 points in the extra frame to finish with 20. He connected on each of his last six field-goal attempts – including a trio of 3-pointers – and improved his already sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio by dishing out six assists without a give-away.
About Purdue: Fifth-year head coach Matt Painter has created quite a name for the Boilermakers this season, as Purdue had climbed to No. 4 in the national polls and remained one of college basketball's four undefeated teams until visiting the Kohl Center in early January.
Following their first season loss to Wisconsin, the Boilermakers suffered two more defeats at that hands of Big Ten opponents, including a 70-66 loss to Ohio State in West Lafayette, Ind. However, Purdue has steadied itself in the past two games, earning wins over Illinois and Michigan.
Purdue’s three leading scorers are averaging in double-digits, with E'Twaun Moore at 17.5 points per game, Robbie Hummel with 16.1 and JaJuan Johnson recording a 14.2 average. Johnson, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, also leads the team in rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game, followed closely by Hummel with 7.0.
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