Three Observations from Wisconsin's Loss at Purdue

Jake Kocorowski

Another game inside Mackey Arena, another loss inside Mackey Arena for the Wisconsin Badgers.

UW ran into a Purdue team looking to bounce back from a tough home defeat to Illinois a few days prior. With the Boilermakers dominating on the boards, Greg Gard's team fell in a 70-51 loss on Friday night. breaks down three observations from the defeat that leaves Wisconsin (12-8 overall, 5-4 Big Ten) now 4-41 all-time inside Mackey Arena.

Wisconsin Dominated on the Glass by Purdue

UW made the necessary initial stops on defense on many possessions, but Purdue just wiped the court on the offensive boards, and really, overall.

For the game, Purdue outmatched Wisconsin by 26 in rebounding (42-16) and had as many on the offensive end as the Badgers had total. That helped in leading to 19 second chance points for Matt Painter's team.

Forward Evan Boudreaux finished with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds (seven in the latter on the offensive end).

At one point in the first half, the Boilermakers held a huge 21-7 advantage over the Badgers on the boards. In those first 20 minutes altogether, Purdue more than doubled their total over UW by a 24-10 margin heading into intermission. 

With Boilermaker big men Matt Haarms and Trevion Williams both having some foul trouble in the first half, Boudreaux reeled in six rebounds overall, three on the offensive glass.

Wisconsin's Three-Point Shooting Still Cold Again on the Road

Yes, UW hit a school-record 18 threes against Nebraska on Tuesday night ... at home. Coming into Friday's game, the Badgers connected on just 26.1% from downtown away from the Kohl Center. Against Purdue, they still shot frosty from deep.

Inside Mackey Arena, UW missed its first 11 shots from three-point range before redshirt junior D'Mitrik Trice sunk one with 15:51 to play in the second half. 

Granted, Wisconsin shot seven of 14 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes to finish the game at 31.8% in that category, but the outcome was pretty much in hand. Trice finished the game tied with a team-high 11 points and made two of three from deep. Redshirt senior Brevin Pritzl also connected two of five from long distance. The rest of the Badgers? Just three of 14.

Inside Presence Diminished

Wisconsin only scored 20 of its 51 points in the paint on the evening and got to the free throw line a mere eight times on Friday in West Lafayette.

For that matter, Purdue contained redshirt sophomore Kobe King -- whose presence on creating opportunities inside is key for Wisconsin's offensive game -- to zero points on five shot attempts in about 28 minutes of action. The guard also missed two free throw attempts. UW, for that matter, made just four of eight from the charity stripe.

Forwards Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter scored 10 and 11 points, respectively, but they combined for just 14 points in non three-point makes. Coming full circle from the first observation, the duo only contributed two rebounds each. 

Postgame videos courtesy of Sports Illustrated Indiana's Tom Brew.