WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 23-ranked Purdue basketball team aims to continue its late-season surge with a pair of home games to conclude the regular season. The Boilermakers will host No. 25-ranked Wisconsin on Tuesday night in search of their 12th Big Ten win of the season.
With Friday’s win over Penn State, the Boilermakers will be seeded anywhere between 3 and 6 for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and a win over the Badgers will go a long way toward possibly securing a double-bye in next week’s extravaganza in Indianapolis. Standing in the way are the defending Big Ten Champions that are one of the nation’s oldest teams. A win would give Purdue no worse than the No. 5 seed.
THE KEY TALKING POINTS
1) Purdue leads the series with Wisconsin by a 110-72 margin, including a 41-4 mark at Mackey Arena. Wisconsin won games in Mackey Arena in 1975, 2005, 2012 and 2014. The Boilermakers have won four straight home games against the Badgers by a combined 69 points.
2) According to KenPom.com, Purdue ranks 328th (out of 347 teams) in experience (1.04 years). The total is 14th in the Big Ten. Indiana is the next least-experienced team in the league at 1.36 years (283rd nationally).
3) Purdue has had its full arsenal of rotation players for just 15 of its 24 games this year, missing key personnel for nine games this year. Purdue has gone 11-4 in those 15 games with a full roster, losses coming on the road vs. Big Ten teams (Iowa, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota).
4) Four freshmen have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors, the most in league history. Michigan (2012-13) and Ohio St. (2010-11) had 3.
5) A Purdue freshman has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in six of a possible 14 weeks this season.
6) Purdue freshmen have scored at least 27 points in each of the last seven games (36.0 points per game).
7) Purdue is 1-of-6 teams nationally to rank in both offensive (25th) and defensive (15th) efficiency according to KenPom.com.
8) Purdue is one of just two Big Ten teams to have one or fewer home losses in Big Ten play (Purdue 6-1; Michigan 7-0).
9) Purdue has held 13 straight opponents to 72 or fewer points, the third-longest streak in the country (9-4 record).
10) Purdue will not leave the state of Indiana for the rest of the season, having posted a 12-1 record in games played in Indiana.
11) Over the last five years since the start of the 2016-17 season, Purdue has the most wins in the Big Ten (65). Michigan State is next at 63.
12) Purdue owns a 54-9 home record in Big Ten play since the 2014-15 season. Since that year, just one team, Michigan has beaten the Boilermakers twice at Mackey Arena. Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern are the five teams to not win in Mackey.