Purdue received quite the wake-up call in its last outing at fifth-ranked Michigan State, absorbing a lopsided drubbing to bring an end to its dominating three-game winning streak. It was the fourth loss in as many true road games for the Boilermakers, who will try to rebound when they visit Wisconsin on Friday night in a Big Ten matchup.
Purdue has played one of the nation's toughest schedules, with three of the road losses coming against ranked opponents Florida State, Michigan and Michigan State. The Boilermakers will need a bounce-back game from guard Carsen Edwards, who averages a conference-best 24.5 points but was limited to a season-low 11 points by Michigan State. Wisconsin, which sits one spot out of the Top 25 after consecutive losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota, halted the mini-slide with an impressive 71-52 rout at Penn State on Sunday. The Badgers ended a four-game losing streak in the series with a four-point win over Purdue last season to improve to 12-4 against the Boilermakers at the Kohl Center.
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ABOUT PURDUE (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten): Purdue will be short-handed for Friday's matchup after coach Matt Painter ruled out junior center Evan Boudreaux due to a groin injury suffered in the previous game. Boudreaux, averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds, started the past four games after Matt Haarms started the first 11, but Painter may be hesitant go back to Haarms because of the spark he has provided coming off the bench. Another option for the Boilermakers is freshman Trevion Williams, who has yet to start a game but registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds on Tuesday.
ABOUT WISCONSIN (11-4, 3-1): Forward Ethan Happ, who ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring (19.3) and second in rebounding (10.3) after collecting 22 points and eight boards in the win over Penn State, is shooting a blistering 64.7 percent in the second half this season. Brad Davison is one of two sophomores who are providing increased production of late, shooting 41.8 percent from long range and knocking down 13 of 20 3-pointers in the past five games. Classmate Nate Reuvers has scored in double figures in four of the past six games while tying a career high with five blocks against Penn State.
1.Edwards scored 43 points in the two matchups versus Wisconsin last season.
2. Happ is third in the nation with 10 double-doubles.
3. Purdue has been limited to 61 points or fewer in its last four trips to Wisconsin.
PREDICTION: Wisconsin 66, Purdue 60 Bet Now
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