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College basketball preview: Purdue at Wisconsin

When: 1 p.m. today

Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.

Records: Purdue 13-15, 6-9 Big Ten; No. 17 Wisconsin 20-8, 11-4

TV: ESPN

Radio: 1380 AM, 92.7 FM

Purdue leaders: Terone Johnson (12.7 ppg); A.J. Hammons (6.5 rpg); Ronnie Johnson (3.8 apg)

Wisconsin leaders: Jared Berggren (11.6 ppg); Ryan Evans (7.6 rpg); Ben Brust (2.5 apg)

Key matchup: Two of the Big Ten’s top rebounders will square off today in Purdue’s Hammons, a 7-foot freshman, and Wisconsin’s Evans, a 6-6 senior. Evans is third in the conference in rebounding, and Hammons is ninth.

The skinny: This is the only meeting during the regular season for the Boilermakers and Badgers. … Purdue leads the series 104-65. … The Boilermakers are the top rebounding team in Big Ten games, averaging 37.9. … Purdue coach Matt Painter was named to the five-man USA basketball men’s junior national team committee last week.

tkrausz@jg.net

Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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