Wisconsin came in hot, winners of 11 in their last 12 games, but ran into a Purdue team that is rounding into form itself in a 91-80 Senior Night win for the Boilermakers.
On the night that was meant for the seniors, it was actually the underclassmen who took most of the headlines. Freshman big man Caleb Swanigan scored 27 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the team and sophomore P.J. Thompson was the surprise of the night, scoring 22 while averaging 5.3 points per game on the season.
Senior A.J. Hammons had a solid night with 16 points and eight rebounds, including a dunk on the first basket of the game, but the dunk of the night goes to Purdue sophomore Vince Edwards on this high-flying transition jam.
“They’ll be a poster made about that one.” – @BTNJonCrispin, on this Vince Edwards @BoilerBall dunk https://t.co/eBOrbBb8pq
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) March 7, 2016
For Purdue, the No. 4 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament, there is no better performance to carry into the postseason. The team’s 62 percent shooting was a new high under coach Matt Painter and the team has now scored 80+ points in three straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1998. The Boilermakers will be off until Friday, awaiting the winner of Iowa and Illinois/Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the 14-team tournament.
Wisconsin gets the 6-seed in the tournament and will face the winner of Nebraska and Rutgers on Thursday night.