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March 5, 2014

Primer: No. 9 UW vs. Purdue

Game Info

When and Where: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kohl Center.


Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM


Coach: Bo Ryan, 315-118 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 12.6

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.8

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 13.4

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.3

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.0

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 7.8

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.6

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 3.1

Quick hits: The Badgers will honor Evan Anderson, Zach Bohannon and Ben Brust prior to the game as part of senior night…Wisconsin is 7-1 against the current AP Top 25, with no other team in the country recording more than four such wins…Wisconsin clinched its 13th-consecutive top-4 finish in the Big Ten with a win on Sunday against Penn State. The Badgers have now equaled the Big Ten record held by Purdue (1920-32) for consecutive top-4 finishes…The Badgers lead the nation in both fewest turnovers per game (8.1) and fewest fouls per game (14.7)…Wisconsin has won four of the last seven meetings with Purdue, including two of the last three at the Kohl Center. The Badgers are 46-37 all-time in Madison against Purdue, including a 9-3 mark at the Kohl Center.


Coach: Matt Painter, 191-109 in his ninth season at Purdue.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

0 Terone Johnson 6-4 Sr. 12.1

3 Ronnie Johnson 6-0 So. 11.0

20 A.J. Hammons 7-0 So. 10.6

21 Kendall Stephens 6-6 Fr. 8.0

35 Raphael Davis 6-5 So. 5.8

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

5 Basil Smotherman 6-5 Fr. 5.0

12 Bryson Scott 6-1 Fr. 6.4

32 Errick Peck 6-6 Sr. 4.4

Quick hits: Purdue has lost four straight games, with three coming at the hands of top-20 opponents…In six of their previous eight games, the Boilermakers have committed at least 14 turnovers…Season-ending injuries to Sterling Carter and Jay Simpson this past week have caused the Boilermakers to lean heavily on their starting five. Through the first 27 games of the season, Purdue's bench put in a combined average of 84.7 minutes per game. Over the past two games, that number has dropped to 44.5 minutes…Purdue leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 105-66. Purdue's 105 wins are third most against an opponent in program history (Northwestern - 123; Indiana - 113)…The Boilermakers lead the series 10-9 since Bo Ryan's arrival, making them the only Big Ten program with a winning record against the Badgers in that era.

Why you should worry: Purdue is one of two Big Ten teams (Illinois) to have three wins at the Kohl Center during the Bo Ryan era, with one of those wins coming last season on senior night.

Why you shouldn't worry: Wisconsin is 11-1 in regular-season home finales under Bo Ryan.

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