What can I say but..... WOW!
This was a great game, and for all those who say the Big10 isn't worth watching you are missing out on the best basketball in the nation. This game was physical, pounding, and precision all night long by both squads.
I am very impressed by Purdue, and the fact they never once trailed in the game on the road n a center we had never won at, and haven't won in Columbus since 1998. And, how about Coach Painter being only the thrid coach in the Big10 to ever win at everyones home court including his own! Purdue didn't show the same fire in the second half as the first, however they showed their talent and grit to hang on when clearly the Buckeyes had ALL the momentum! How about Keaton Grant finally showing up like all Boiler fans knew he could do at anytime. Did he ever pick the right time to show up! Kramer missed a key free-throw, but his defense is back to his high standards after hurting his ankle, and what about that block at the end... BTW Kramers head has to be killing him, did anyone else see him smash his head after that one layup? OUCH Jujuan Johnson was AWESOME and I am certainly glad he showed up this time unlike the first matchup. The only bad thing to say about JJ was the long distance shot he fired up late, which I thought was not needed.
Evan Turner in my mind is clearly the BEST player in the nation, and I am not being biased for Big10 country. He reminds me soo much of Kevin Durant when he played for Texas, and Ohio State will be a force to reckon with if they can get soem HELP for him! I am not an Ohio State follower so I can't critique them too much, but they showed plenty of heart and grit in both games agaisnt Purdue this year making remarkable come-backs in both. Just falling short in this one.
Both teams have only ONE lose @ home this year and how picture perfect is it that they did it to each other. Personnally I do not want to play Ohio State again, but I wish much luck come NCAA tourny time!
Boilers need to enjoy this win on the way home, but we have to stay focused on the game this weekend agaisnt those pesky Fighting Illini as they are still in the hunt. TIME TO PROTECT THE HOME COURT! The boilers have now beaten 4, that's right 4 teams in the top 10 rankings of the AP poll including Tennesse #9, Michigan State #10, Ohio State #9, and West Virginia #6. Tenn was on a neutral sight in the Paradise Jam. West Virginia was at Mackey, but was a complete domination. Both MSU and OSU was on the road in places where the Boilers hadn't won in over 10 years. Let's not also forget the the Win over top 25 ranked Wisconsin and Wake Forest this year, with the addition of what is now a HUGE road win @ Illinois before the Illini where considered in the Big10 race. Not exactly great wins when it comes to the RPIs, but Purdue also has 2 key road wins at Bloomington agaisnt IU and down in Alabama agaisnt the Tide. I honestly think Purdue deserves to be mentioned with Gary Parrish's favorite teams of Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse. But, if they continue to get less love, all is good becuase nothing can rattle Boiler Nation!
This has been a fantastic season, and by far the BEST Purdue team I have ever watched in my 20 years of being a fan.