March 7, 2014
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GAME 31 | PURDUE (15-15, 5-12) vs. Northwestern (12-18 | 5-12)
Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 12 PM (ET)
West Lafayette, Ind. | Mackey Arena (14,846)
Television: BTN (Eric Collins, Stephen Bardo)
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor, Rob Blackman)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (85), XM (190)
Purdue Wraps Up Regular Season Sunday Against Northwestern
The Purdue men's basketball team wraps up its regular season on Sunday when Northwestern visits Mackey Arena for a noon (ET) tipoff. It marks the second meeting this year between the two squads, as Northwestern beat Purdue, 63-60, on Jan. 21.
The contest will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network as well as on BTN2Go with Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo on the call. It can also be heard on the Purdue Sports Network with Larry Clisby, Ralph Taylor and Rob Blackman on the broadcast. The radio broadcast will be available nationally on SIRIUS and XM (Ch. 85) Satellite Radio.
The Last Time Out --  Wisconsin 76, Purdue 70
Frank Kaminsky went 8-of-11 from the field for 22 points and Wisconsin answered every Purdue charge in the second half to hold off the Boilermakers, 76-70, on Senior Night at the Kohl Center on Wednesday.
Wisconsin jumped out to a double-digit lead just 10-plus minutes into the contest and led by 11 at halftime, 35-24. Wisconsin would push the lead to 56-38 with just over nine minutes to play, but a 13-2 Boilermakers run cut the lead to 58-51 with 5:18 to play. Purdue then had two chances to cut into the lead even further, but couldn't convert and the Badgers made 13-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes for the six-point victory.
Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points with six assists while his brother, Terone, had 12 points and two assists. A.J. Hammons recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Purdue shot 45.3 percent from the field, but went just 3-of-14 (.214) from long distance and 9-of-14 (.643) from the free throw line.
Purdue will honor four members of the senior class on Sunday, as Terone Johnson, Travis Carroll, Errick Peck and Sterling Carter will all be recognized in a ceremony following the contest. The group has scored 657 this year with 327 rebounds, 129 assists and 59 steals among them in 2,030 minutes played.
The Boilermakers have played better lately, losing to three straight nationally-ranked foes by a combined14 points. The Boilers are looking for a win to gain some momentum into the Big Ten Tournament and a win over the Wildcats could push Purdue into the No. 10 slot for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Matt Painter has been forced to shorten his bench the last three games due to injuries by Sterling Carter and Jay Simpson. In two of the last three games, five players have scored in double figures and bench minutes have gone down from an average of 84.7 minutes (27 games) to just 47.7 minutes per game (three games).
Purdue leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 123-45, but saw Northwestern top the Boilers in Evanston on Jan. 21 in double overtime, 63-60.
The 123 wins are the most for Purdue against any other opponent.
Northwestern hasn't swept a two-game season series against Purdue since the 1950-51 campaign.
Northwestern hasn't scored 80 points against Purdue since Jan. 25, 1995, a span of 34 games.
Purdue has won four straight games on Senior Day by a combined 67 points. Coincidentally, Purdue's lost Senior Day loss was in 2009, against Northwestern (64-61).
Three words... Big Ten Tournament. Starting Thursday against a foe to be detemined.