PLAYER OF THE GAME
A.J. Hammons – The Purdue senior center scored a game-high 24 points in 28 minutes, including 15 in 14 minutes after halftime.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 – points Purdue was favored by, making UW an underdog at home for the first time since it hosted No. 2 Michigan on Feb. 9, 2013. The Badgers won that game 65-62 in overtime with the help of Ben Brust’s shot from near half court as the buzzer sounded in regulation.
18 – points in the paint for Hammons, two fewer than UW scored in that area as a team.
34 – points for Purdue’s bench, which outscored the Boilermakers’ starters by seven points.
UW was outrebounded for the first time this season. Purdue finished with a 36-26 advantage on the boards. … The Badgers finished with five second-chance points, a season low and nearly eight points under their season average coming into the game. … This was UW’s first loss in a Big Ten opener since a 66-65 decision at Michigan on Jan. 8, 2003.