State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team and the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.
WISCONSIN VS. PURDUE
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Kohl Center
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (11-4, 3-1)
Coach: Greg Gard, 68-40 in his fourth season at UW.
Player to watch: Senior center Ethan Happ needs four assists to move into a tie for fifth on UW’s all-time list. Happ is already in the top five in points (fifth), rebounds (first), blocks (third) and steals (second).
PROBABLE WISCONSIN STARTERS
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
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UW had seven turnovers in 63 possessions during a 71-52 win at Penn State on Sunday night, and no players finished with more than one. The Badgers rank second nationally in turnover percentage (13.6), per KenPom. … Brad Davison is shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. After starting the season 10 of 35 from beyond the arc, he’s 13 of 20 over the past five games.
BOILERMAKERS (9-6, 2-2)
Coach: Matt Painter, 304-155 in his 14th season at Purdue.
Player to watch: Junior guard Carsen Edwards, the preseason player of the year in the Big Ten, has scored at least 30 points five times in his career. He matched a career high with 40 points in a loss at Texas on Dec. 9.
PROBABLE PURDUE STARTERS
KEY BOILERMAKERS RESERVES
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YOU SHOULD KNOW
Purdue is 0-4 in true road games this season and 2-6 overall away from home. … The Boilermakers are shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range, which ranks 19th nationally. … Purdue is No. 75 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom. That ranks 12th among Big Ten teams. ... Junior forward Evan Boudreaux, who is averaging 7.5 points, will miss the game with a groin injury.