It feels like the season is basically over if Purdue drops this one. Purdue would fall to 10-10, 3-6 in the Big Ten, but with two straight losses at home. Purdue has not lost consecutive home games since losing to Michigan and Northwestern in the final two games of the 2013-14 season. That ended up being part of a three-game home losing streak where Purdue went 4-5 at home in conference play.
Since then, Purdue has lost in Mackey just five times in conference play.
A Purdue win keeps hope alive, as it would be a tier 1 win. A loss would be a mortal blow because it also means 5 losses in 6 games, thus we would be in the “need unexpected turnaround” in order to make the NCAAs.
From: Madison, Wisconsin
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Tip Time: 7pm
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Arena: Mackey Arena (14,804)
Radio: Boilermaker Sports Network
SiriusXM Satellite: XM (Ch. 381); Internet (Ch. 968)
Tickets: As low as $32 on Stubhub
Live Stats: bit.ly/PurdueLiveStats
Odds: Purdue by 3.5
2018-19 Record: 23-11, 14-6 (Lost to Oregon 72-54 in NCAA Tournament First Round)
2019-20 Record: 12-7, 5-3 Big Ten
Record vs. Purdue: Purdue leads 109-71
Last Purdue win: 84-80 (OT) at Wisconsin on 1/11/2019
Last Wisconsin win: 57-53 at Wisconsin on 2/15/2018
Blog Representation: Bucky’s 5th Quarter
NCAA Tournament History: 24 appearances, last in 2019. 1941 NCAA Champion
Coach: Greg Gard (92-54 in 5th season at Wisconsin)