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Purdue beats Wisconsin

Per usual in Purdue's signature victories, the Boilermakers had several players make key contributions.

JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in a 70-62 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin.

Lewis Jackson had 18 points, one off his career high, five assists, four rebounds and no turnovers.

E'Twaun Moore had 19 points, including a pair of crucial baskets when the game got tight late.

D.J. Byrd had five points, five rebounds and no turnovers and did his best to hound Jon Leuer in a mismatch.

Kelsey Barlow had six points and no turnovers.

Ryne Smith had three assists and no turnovers.

Purdue had only four turnovers, one off its season-low of three.

And the team's energy and effort was consistently high.

Think that all qualifies to make this one of the year's best victories.

"This definitely ranks high up there," Johnson said.

Purdue simply plays better at Mackey -- most teams obviously have an advantage at home -- and it showed tonight.

I'd be shocked if a similar effort is missing Sunday when Ohio State comes in.

The Boilermakers know the Big Ten title will be tough to get -- someone else will have to beat the Buckeyes -- but they at least can prove they're worthy to be in the fight.