Wisconsin was led by Johnny Davis’ 37 points inside Mackey Arena.
Only ones who could cool down @JonathanCDavis1 tonight! 🔥💦
Career-high 37 points for Johnny!
That’s the most points in a game since Frank Kaminsky set the school record scoring 43 in 2013 pic.twitter.com/892pihb29g
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 4, 2022
Purdue entered the night as the third-ranked team in the country. Following its five-point loss to Wisconsin, the Boilermakers now find themselves in a three-way tie for ninth place with a 1-2 Big Ten record. On the other hand, Wisconsin won their third straight game and improved to 11-2 (2-1) and now has wins over Purdue, Houston, Saint Mary’s, and Indiana, all of which will help their seeding on Selection Sunday.
Takeaway #1: Jordan Davis made some money $$ tonight for Wisconsin
He might not be a household name but Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis sure is on the radar of NBA scouts, including Boston Celtics GM Brad Stevens who was in attendance to watch Davis outduel his Team USA counterpart Jaden Ivey as the Badgers picked up a huge Big Ten road win at Purdue Monday night.
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) January 4, 2022
All Davis did was record a career-high 37 points to go along with 14 rebounds to record the second double-double of his career as Wisconsin notched a 74-69 win that will go a long way come March. Davis scored nine of the Badgers final 14 points with his biggest buckets coming on a three-pointer and 20-foot step-back jumper to increase Wisconsin’s lead from 65-63 to 70-63.
Takeaway #2: Wisconsin can play in foul trouble
Guarding Purdue’s frontcourt of Zach Edey and Trevion Williams is a tall task, literally, as the Boilermakers centers register heights of 7-foot-4 and 6-foot-11. Wisconsin’s starting frontcourt found that out the hard way.
Steven Crowl, Tyler Wall, and Chris Vogt all fouled out trying to contain Edey and Williams. Despite the foul trouble, they held their own, although Edey was a one-man wrecking ball late in the game as he single-handedly kept Purdue within striking distance. Edey scored 24 points (in 20 minutes) and was the only Purdue player to score in the game’s final four minutes.
7-0 run in 1:19 fueled by this guy.
Purdue leads 31-29. pic.twitter.com/F9rtRTC9Xv
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) January 4, 2022
Takeaway #3: Purdue will go as far as Jaden Ivey takes them
Ivey is as good a scorer and athlete as the Big Ten offers. He came into tonight’s game averaging 16.7 points per game. He struggled a tad tonight making only three of nine shots from the field en route to a 14-point effort. Purdue has to find a way to get more than nine shots from Ivey in big games. Perhaps guarding Davis took its toll on Ivey’s offensive numbers but Matt Painter must find a way to unleash Ivey, especially in big games.