Wisconsin State Journal reporter Jim Polzin breaks down the Big Ten matchup between the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team and the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.
UW VS. PURDUE
When: 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.
TV: FS1, with Brandon Gaudin and Stephen Bardo.
Radio: 1310 AM and 101.5 FM, with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
BADGERS (12-7, 5-3)
Coach: Greg Gard, 92-54 in his fifth season at UW.
Player to watch: After going 0 of 8 from 3-point range over a four-game stretch, junior forward Aleem Ford (above) went 2 of 4 from beyond the arc in UW’s 82-68 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night. Ford finished with eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes.
PROBABLE UW STARTERS
|34||Brad Davison (above)||6-4||Jr.||9.3|
KEY BADGERS RESERVES
|11||Micah Potter (above)||6-10||Jr.||9.3|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The win over Nebraska was Greg Gard’s 50th in Big Ten play. His winning percentage (50-32, .610) is the eighth-best among conference coaches since 1980. Ahead of him: Bo Ryan, Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Mark Turgeon, Matt Painter and Gene Keady. … D'Mitrik Trice (above) became the fifth UW player this season to post a double-double when he finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Cornhuskers. The list also includes Nate Reuvers, Brevin Pritzl, Micah Potter and Brad Davison. … UW hadn’t made more than eight 3-pointers in a Big Ten game this season until knocking down a program-record 18 of them against Nebraska.
BOILERMAKERS (10-9, 3-5)
Coach: Matt Painter, 331-168 in his 15th season at Purdue.
Player to watch: After averaging 7.3 points in his first nine games of the season, sophomore forward Trevion Williams (above) is averaging 14.8 over his past 10 games. Williams had 36 points and 20 rebounds in an 84-78 double-overtime loss at Michigan on Jan. 9.
PROBABLE PURDUE STARTERS
|32||Matt Haarms (above)||7-3||Jr.||10.0|
KEY BOILERMAKERS RESERVES
|3||Jahaad Proctor (above)||6-3||Sr.||9.2|
YOU SHOULD KNOW
The Boilers have lost four of their past five games, with the only victory being a 71-42 rout of Michigan State (above) on Jan. 12. … Purdue’s 79-62 loss to Illinois on Tuesday night ended its 15-game home winning streak in Big Ten play. The Boilers hadn’t lost a conference game at Mackey Arena since a 64-63 setback on Feb. 7, 2018. … Purdue has beaten UW three consecutive times at home, with an average margin of victory of 14.7 points. … The Boilers are last in the Big Ten in adjusted offensive efficiency in conference games.
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