WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ringing in the 2022 calendar year, the No. 3-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team resumes Big Ten play with a big challenge at Mackey Arena, as No. 24-ranked Wisconsin visits West Lafayette for a Monday night showdown. Both teams enter with a 1-1 league record after splitting their December games and look to create some momentum heading into the heart of the league schedule over the next two months.
Purdue enters the contest with an 12-1 record while Wisconsin is 10-2 overall, having won eight of its last nine games.
The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel and Andy Katz on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on StatBroadcast.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).
THE NOTES TO KNOW
1) Purdue is 12-1 for just the fourth time under head coach Matt Painter, also reaching 11-1 (or better) in 2015-16 (13-1), 2010-11 (15-1) and 2009-10 (14-1). It marks Purdue’s seventh start of 12-1 or better since the 1979-80 season.
2) Purdue recorded just its fourth season of being unbeaten in non-conference play since the 1939-40 campaign with a 104-90 win over Nicholls. Purdue went unbeaten in non-conference play in 2021-22 (11-0), 2009-10 (12-0), 1993-94 (12-0) and 1992-93 (9-0).
3) Only three teams have records of 3-0 or better in quad-1 games (Providence 5-0, Purdue 3-0, Baylor 3-0).
4) Purdue has been ranked in the AP top-3 in six straight weeks, the longest streak in America (new poll came out after completion of notes).
5) Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Purdue is 19-6 at Mackey Arena against nationally-ranked teams.
6) Purdue has scored at least 40 points in 16 of the 26 halves played this year. It has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in 17 halves.
7) It will be a reunion of sorts for Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst and Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. The trio helped USA Basketball to the FIBA Under-19 World Cup title in Latvia this past July.
8) Both Purdue and Wisconsin are continuing impressive fall sports seasons for their respective schools. Purdue and Wisconsin are the only schools in America to have won an NCAA Volleyball match, an NCAA Women’s Soccer match and their respective Bowl Game in football.
9) Matt Painter needs four wins to tie Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371) for second place on the Purdue career victories list. Painter also needs one Big Ten win to tie Michigan State’s Jud Heathcote for seventh (182) on the all-time Big Ten wins list.
SERIES WITH THE BADGERS
• Monday’s contest with Wisconsin resumes Big Ten play after both teams played two games during the first week of December, with both squads winning at home and losing on the road.
• The Boilermakers own a 111-72 series lead against Wisconsin, including a 42-4 mark at Mackey Arena. Wisconsin’s wins came during the 1971-72, 2004-05, 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Wisconsin did win its last game in Mackey Arena — defeating North Carolina in last year’s NCAA Tournament first-round contest.
• Monday’s game will likely mark the seventh time during the Painter era both teams will be ranked entering the contest. The Boilermakers own a 4-2 series lead when both teams are ranked.
• In fact, during the Painter era, either Purdue or Wisconsin has been ranked in all but five of the previous 25 games.