Imagine a prize fight where there are no jabs thrown, only haymakers -- and where no matter how staggered each combatant looks, there's a sense neither is out of the fight until the final signal sounds.
Oh, and imagine the referees seem unwilling to stop the contest very often to let each side tend to its wounds.
Such was the first half of the final regular season tilt between Purdue and Wisconsin Sunday.
The teams combined to shoot 60-percent in the opening 20 minutes. At the same time, just seven first-half fouls were calls (only two of those on Purdue).