Wisconsin basketball plays Purdue on Thursday, Feb. 15. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT. Wisconsin lost at home against Michigan on Sunday to drop to 11-16 this season, including 4-10 in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin-Purdue basketball: Time, game information
Wisconsin and Purdue play at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
How can I watch the Wisconsin-Purdue basketball game on TV?
Wisconsin and Purdue will play on ESPN.
How can I listen to the Wisconsin-Purdue basketball game on the radio?
The Wisconsin-Purdue game is available online at WIBA/iHeart radio.
Wisconsin-Purdue basketball preview
Wisconsin is coming off an 83-72 loss against Michigan on Sunday at the Kohl Center. For the second consecutive home game, Wisconsin didn’t bring the effort and energy necessary at the start, which resulted in a massive deficit that was nearly impossible to overcome.
Michigan opened the game with a 15-2 lead while scoring inside and out. Meanwhile, the Badgers recorded more turnovers (3) than points in that stretch. Northwestern did the same thing to Wisconsin on Feb. 1 at the Kohl Center, when the Wildcats took an 18-1 lead. Wisconsin trailed Michigan 53-28 before the Badgers really started to find their rhythm.
Eventually, Wisconsin cut the deficit to 7 in the waning minutes. But on a day in which multiple big-time recruits were in town to watch Wisconsin, it was not exactly a showcase performance by the Badgers.
Badgers forward Ethan Happ scored 11 of his team’s 22 first-half points, and he continued to dominate in the second half. Happ finished with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Brevin Pritzl made a pair of first-half 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, while Brad Davison scored 10 points and Nate Reuvers 7 points. Khalil Iverson had a quiet offensive game with 2 points but did tally 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Davison, who is averaging 11.3 points per game, is in rare company as a double-digit scorer in his rookie campaign. Over the last 20 years, Devin Harris, Alando Tucker and Happ are the only Badgers to average double figures in points during their freshman seasons. But Davison has been forced to carry a heavy burden without injured guards D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King. Davison also has been hampered by a left shoulder injury that limits his mobility.
It became clear weeks ago ― maybe even months ago ― that this Wisconsin team wouldn’t be good enough to reach its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin is young and undermanned because of the injuries to Trice and King, but the manner in which Wisconsin has played for lengthy stretches of its Big Ten games has to be disappointing.
The Northwestern and Michigan games are obvious to point to during this funk that has lasted throughout the conference season, although at least the Badgers deserve credit for not giving up. But Wisconsin wasn’t particularly competitive at home against Ohio State in December, as well as at Purdue and at Iowa. There are four Big Ten regular-season games remaining ― against Purdue, Minnesota, Northwestern and Michigan State ― and the Badgers essentially are playing for pride.
Purdue was 12-0 in the Big Ten but now has lost consecutive games to Ohio State and Michigan State. Purdue lost 68-65 against Michigan State on Saturday. The Boilermakers are 23-4 overall and 12-2 in the Big Ten.
Purdue has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Carsen Edwards’ 16.9 points per game. Vincent Edwards (15.1 points), Isaac Haas (15.0 points) and Dakota Mathias (12.0 points) also are averaging in double digits.
Purdue defeated Wisconsin 78-50 in the teams’ first matchup this season Jan. 16 in West Lafayette, Ind. Happ was the only Wisconsin player to score in double figures with 15 points. The Badgers committed 20 turnovers.
Former Badgers great Frank Kaminsky will be honored Thursday, when his jersey is hung in the rafters. Kaminsky earned consensus national player of the year honors in 2015. He is averaging 10.7 points and 23.4 minutes per game this season for the Charlotte Hornets.
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