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Purdue Closes Big Ten Road Slate at Red-Hot Wisconsin

March 5, 2014
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GAME 30 | PURDUE (15-14, 5-11) at [9 | 11] Wisconsin (24-5, 11-5)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 9 PM (ET), 8 PM (CT)
Madison, Wis. | Kohl Center (17,230)
Television:
BTN (Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman)
Satellite Radio: Wisconsin Broadcast (SIRIUS 92, XM 190)
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Purdue Closes Big Ten Road Slate at Red-Hot Wisconsin
• The Purdue men's basketball team wraps up the road portion of its Big Ten slate on Wednesday night when it travels to Madison, Wis., for a 9 p.m. (ET) tip with Wisconsin.
• The contest will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network as well as on BTN2Go with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call. It can also be heard on the Purdue Sports Network with Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman on the broadcast. The Wisconsin radio broadcast will be available nationally on SIRIUS (Ch. 92) and XM (Ch. 190) Satellite Radio.

The Last Time Out -- [20] Iowa 83, Purdue 76
• After Purdue took its largest lead of the game at 64-60, Iowa went on a key 8-0 run midway through the second half and handed the Boilermakers their fourth straight loss in an 83-76 setback at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday.
• Purdue trailed by three (35-32) with just under four minutes remaining in the first half before the Hawkeyes went on a 15-5 run over the remainder of the half to grab a 50-37 halftime advantage.
• The Boilers responded with a 27-10 run over the first eight-plus minutes to take their 64-60 lead and had three chances to add to the lead but came up empty with two turnovers and a missed field goal in a sequence that could have broke the game open. Instead, Iowa answered with an 8-0 run and never trailed the rest of the game.
Rapheal Davis continued his resurgence with a team-high 18 points, while A.J. Hammons contributed 16 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Errick Pecktied a season high with 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Roy Devyn Marble had 21 points, five assists, four steals and no turnovers in 38 minutes of action for the Hawkeyes.

Purdue Storylines
• The Boilermakers have played significantly better the last two games, but have nothing to show for it as Purdue has dropped contests to nationally-ranked squads Michigan (77-76 in OT) and Iowa (83-76). Purdue now faces argubly one of America's hottest teams in ninth-ranked Wisconsin on Wednesday night, its third straight game against a top-20 opponent.
• Turnovers have been a big issue for the Boilermakers lately. Purdue has had at least 14 turnovers in six of the its last eight games and during that span, is minus-31 (-3.88 per game) in turnover margin.
Matt Painter has been forced to shorten his bench the last two games due to injuries by Sterling Carter and Jay Simpson. In each of the last two games, five players have scored in double figures and bench minutes have gone down from an average of 84.7 minutes (27 games) to just 44.5 minutes per game (2 games).

Series History
• Purdue leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 105-66, as tonight's tilt will be the 172nd between the two squads. Purdue's 105 wins are the third most against a foe in program history (Northwestern - 123; Indiana - 113).
• Neither team has scored 80 points in the series since Feb. 29, 2004 (Wisconsin, 82), a span of 15 games.
• In six of the last nine games between the two teams, neither team scored 70 points.
• Purdue has had success in the Kohl Center, being one of three Big Ten teams to EVER win three games in the arena (Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue).

Next Up...
• Purdue closes out the regular season with Senior Day on Sunday, March 9, by hosting Northwestern at noon in Mackey Arena. The game will be televised by BTN.


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