Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?
Last season’s Senior Day was filled with pomp and circumstance as there was a great electricity that filled the sold out Kohl Center. The struggling Purdue Boilermakers seemed dead in the water, falling behind by 13 at one point in the first half.
But then the wind got taken right out of the sails of the Badgers and their faithful watching them. The Boilermakers ended up stunning the Badgers 69-56, marking the first time under Bo Ryan the Badgers failed to win on Senior Day.
With Wisconsin currently riding a seven-game winning streak, let’s hope this one turns out differently.
To say this Purdue squad has had a disappointing season would be an understatement. In their last 11 games, the Boilermakers have only recorded two victories. In the last meeting between these two teams on January 25, the Badgers came away with a 72-58 victory to end a three-game losing streak by doing what they do best. Getting back to basics.
Wisconsin only committed nine turnovers and held the Boilermakers to only 35.4% shooting before pulling away late for the victory. Only two Purdue players, Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott scored in double-digits. Each scored 10 points in the loss.
The Badgers used balanced scoring that day, as they have all season long, and will need to do the same if they want this Senior Day to turn out better than last season’s celebration. Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky will have to do what they do best. Score and crash the boards. Stopping points in the paint will be key once again as the Badgers have done a poor job of doing so throughout this season. But the way they have been able to close out games during this win streak is promising.
Wisconsin has been playing very well this past month. So well that they have found themselves inside the top 10 of the AP poll and are sitting in second place of the Big Ten conference. Three seniors-Ben Brust, Zach Bohannon and Evan Anderson-will be honored before and after the game Wednesday.
Game-time is set for 8:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on the Big Ten Network or heard on the Badgers Radio Network.