WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Three days later, Purdue and Wisconsin switched roles in their inconsistent fight for respectability as mid-tier Big Ten teams.
The Boilermakers, motivated by coach Matt Painter's challenge for more toughness after a 17-point home loss to Illinois on Tuesday, had extra jump from the outset in a 70-51 home rout of the Badgers on Friday night.
A team that had lost three of four somehow flipped a switch and dominated on the boards and defensively. A Wisconsin squad that had won three of four looked like the team whose intensity was in question after mustering its second-lowest point total of the season.