Three Things to Watch: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

Three Things to Watch: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

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Three Things to Watch: Wisconsin vs. Purdue

MID-RANGE: THE PLAY OF NATE REUVERS

It has become clear that Reuvers is starting to feel more comfortable with his play on both ends of the floor. Over the last seven games, Reuvers has scored in double figures five times and been strong in defending the paint, registering nine total blocks.

Reuvers will get another test with his primarily responsibility of defending the paint against leading-scorer Carsen Edwards. Edwards can hurt teams a variety of ways with his perimeter shooting, driving to the rim and drawing fouls, but another strong trait of his is the ability to distribute the ball. Edwards’ 48 assists are second on the team behind Ryan Cline’s 54, as those two have helped the Boilermakers average 27 points in the paint during conference play.

Purdue has switched up its starting lineup throughout the season, making Matt Haarms (who started the first 11 games) come off the bench the last four games. When Haarms is on the floor, he’s shooting 58.7 percent from the field on a total of 75 field goal attempts. Whether is cutting off Edwards’ driving lane or going one-on-one with Haarms, Reuvers will need to play strong in the post and eliminate all clean looks around the basket.

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