A defensive battle should be expected when the Purdue Boilermakers (10-9, 3-5 Big 10) and the Wisconsin Badgers (12-7, 5-3 Big 10) square off at Mackey Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020.
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The Badgers beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their last matchup, 82-68. With 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, D’Mitrik Trice had a good game for Wisconsin. The Badgers had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 (above their season average of 25.7) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.603 (above their season average of 0.499).
In the Boilermakers’ last game, they were topped by the No. 21 Illinois Fighting Illini, 79-62. Nojel Eastern led Purdue in scoring with 14 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Illinois had an offensive rebounding percentage of 55.0 (above their season average of 37.7). Purdue, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 14.7).
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams battle. Purdue ranks 332nd in possessions per game (65.7) and Wisconsin is 345th (63.7).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Boilermakers won the sole game played against each other last season, 84-80. The Boilermakers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid turnover percentage of 9.2 and a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 41.5. The Badgers put up marks of 20.9 and 26.7, respectively, for those same stats.
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Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Purdue, ATS Winner – Wisconsin, O/U – Under
Wisconsin ranks 44th in assists allowed per game (10.7) while Purdue ranks 124th (12.6).
The Boilermakers have been outscored by an average of 5.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Purdue has defeated opponents by an average of 7.1 points.
During their last five games, the Badgers have scored an average of 64.2 points per game (3.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.8 points per game (1.2 above their season average).