Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wisconsin (#20) knocks off Purdue (#4) at the Kohl Center

The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team knocked off the previously undefeated Purdue Boilermakers 73-66 at the Kohl Center. With their victory over Purdue, Wisconsin improves to 13-3. Wisconsin's only bad loss of the season came on the road at the hands of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Besides that, Wisconsin lost to two opponents that are currently ranked ahead of them: Gonzaga ranked 18th in Hawaii and Michigan State ranked 11th at Michigan State.

Wisconsin's victory over Purdue is not the only time Wisconsin played spoiler to Purdue's perfect 14-0 start to a season. In 1994, Purdue started 14-0 but Wisconsin broke that winning streak with a 75-69 win over Purdue on January 15, 1994.

Coming into their match-up with Purdue, Wisconsin was ranked 20th while Purdue was ranked 4th in the country. Despite the large difference in their rankings, Wisconsin's victory is only a qualified upset because Wisconsin takes care of their home court. Since 2001-02, Wisconsin is 3rd in the nation in home winning percentage at .928 behind only Kansas (.944) and Duke (.932).

Wisconsin overcame a horrible shooting day from Jon Leuer (2 of 15) because of a great all around shooting performance by their guards. Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon and Jordan Taylor combined to score 57 of Wisconsin's 73 points. The trio was 16 of 24 from the field (5 of 10 from three point range) while converting 20 of their 23 free throw attempts.

Wisconsin looks to continue their winning ways on the "road" against the lowly Northwestern Wildcats this Wednesday in Evanston, look for the crowd to be 90% red and 10% purple.

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