No. 3 Purdue blew Wisconsin out in Mackey Arena on Tuesday night in embarrassing fashion. The Boilermakers hit fourteen threes on their way to a 78-50 victory. The loss drops the Badgers to 9-10 and 2-4 in the Big Ten. Carsen Edwards scored 21 points and had five steals, Vincent Edwards added 20.
By the time Ethan Happ scored a layup after a steal for Wisconsin’s first bucket, Purdue already scored 18 points. Wisconsin started 0-of-7 from the field while the Boilermakers put on a flat out areial assault, looking more like the Golden State Warriors than anyone that belongs in the Big Ten. Purdue’s first four buckets came from beyond the arch with two from Carsen Edwards, who was a star in the first-half. Edwards hit jumpers off of the dribble, screen and pull-ups. Pretty much everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for Wisconsin.
Purdue moved the ball and screened the Badgers to death. Aleem Ford got beat on a pick-and-roll leading to a Matt Haarms and one. Carsen Edwards hit multiple jumpers coming off of screens. Khalil Iverson got beat back door by Vincent Edwards, who had 10 first-half points, for an easy bucket.
On the offensive end, everything was a struggle for the Badgers. Wisconsin quite literally gave the ball to Purdue as they turned it over 15 times in the first-half. Brad Davison had seven. Walk-on true freshman Walt McGrory promptly turned it over twice near the half-court line, leading to a Carsen Edwards layup that put Purdue up 23-4. Purdue’s bigs Isaac Haas and Haarms, who are 7’2″ and 7’3″ respectively, ate Happ up inside at times. The Badgers were also just not at the same page at times, one example being Aleem Ford cutting to the hoop just as Ethan Happ was passing to him on the perimiter, ending with the ball bouncing out of bounds.
With 8:49 left in the first-half, Vincent Edwards dunked hard on Wisconsin and bumped into Happ on his way down the court, and they would scuffle. Shortly after, Happ drew a foul and went to the free throw line. Happ airballed the first free throw, and the game was officially embarrassing for Wisconsin.
By the time the first half was over, ESPN cruely put a graphic on the screen showing that Carsen and Vincent Edwards had outscored the Badgers by themself, 24-22, while the score was 39-22.
Purdue’s hot shooting from three-point range continued into the second-half. Vincent Edwards hit two right away, and P.J. Thompson hit one shortly after.
Purdue freshman Haarms had a moment during the second-half. The big man beat Wisconsin’s defense for two straight dunks, and then blocked two shots on one possession on the other end and promptly fist-pumped to the crowd with the game all but over as Purdue led 61-38. Haarms hit a three later in the half. He finished with ten points and four blocks.
Happ was the only Badger in double-figures with 15 points. The Badgers turned the ball over 16 times total while only shooting 35.4 percent from the field as they got ran out of the gym against one of the very best teams in the country.
Looking forward, the Badgers are back in Madison against Illinois on Friday night.