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Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:03 am
Edited on: February 26, 2010 5:04 am
 

Now that my heart has finally stopped beating through my chest I will be able to recap an exciting and gut-wrenching game. I will admit when Hummel went down I had a horrible feeling. That injury looks bad, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is none serious since he was walking around during the second half. When the Gophers went on that 14-0 run to start the second half, I thought the game was over. I knew we came back against Alabama in the second half against a larger deficit, but that was with Hummel. We all know how it turned out, thanks in large part to out senior leadership; Kramer and Grant.

The Gophers were very out-manned before Hummel’s injury because there were just too many scoring options for the zone to cover. But the big guys Iverson and Sampson III kept them close enough to strike the lose nut when Hummel went out. And, strike the nut the Gophers did. They looked like a completely different team when the momentum shifted. Before the injury Purdue was dominating the boards defensively, but something changed for sure because I lost count of how many second chance opportunities the Gophers gave themselves and took advantage of. The zone defense was murder on our offensive rhythm in the second half and kept us off balance. I fear these Gophers though, and I am thanking my lucky stars they didn’t play us like they played Wisconsin because if they had, and us without Hummel, we would have been crushed.

Not all credit can really go to the Gophers defense for our struggles. The offense was understandably out of rhythm with Hummel, and for a good portion of the second half, Barlow missing with injury. Where was Moore in this game? This kid has been our true star for weeks carrying us from the guard position, but tonight he was quiet until the final minutes of the game. His hustle and hounding defense more then made up for it as he was constantly up against Hoff and Westbrook for majority of the game. JJ was our lime light and most obvious choice to carry us when Hummel went down, but with 2 almost 7 footers on him he had a very rough time finding any daylight after the early going. Bade, and I know he is a freshman, just isn’t ready for this stage yet. There were two instances which could have cost us the game in the final 60 seconds which were young mistakes. The first was fighting JJ for the defensive rebound and losing it, and then making the situation worse when he committed the stupid foul when he couldn’t have stopped the shot. Other young mistakes are his too aggressive style of play underneath without control. I know it is extremely rough to just give up on an offensive rebound, but when you are completely blocked out, don’t try and go over the back and pick up a silly foul. This happened twice on back to back possessions sending the Gophers to the line both times for a 1 and 1. However, with everything seemly going wrong this was a true old style Purdue road win. The defensive pressure in the second half was mouth drooling, and kept us in the game just to give us a chance to comeback. My Player of the Night has to be split for both senior guards Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant.  Kramer was our heart and soul when Hummel went down: emotionally, defensively, and offensive rhythm. And, who better to have on the ball on the final shot, he was in the head of the shooter even though he got a decent look at it. His defense was no surprise, but when he saw the rest of the team struggling to find an identity on the offense he stepped it up. Speaking of stepping it up, where would Purdue be without Grant these last 3 games….and especially tonight? Not only nailing a tough game winner, but hitting key baskets to keep us close….namely the rainbow three after the Gophers pushed it to a 4 point lead late.

The key is clearly Hummel’s health for the rest of the way. It would be huge to have him back for the Michigan State game this weekend, but it is more important to get him back for the tourney runs. I think Purdue can over come IU and Penn State without Hummel, but it will have to be a HUGE team effort and HEART filled game to beat the Spartans (Being at Mackey will help).

My prayers are with the Boilers and Hummel, and I hope something is known soon. A huge emotional and team lifting win for the Boilers, and let’s get them Sparty’s on Saturday.

Boiler-Up!

Grizz

Comments

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Hey BoilerBacker68,

By now I'm sure you have heard the horrible news about Robbie Hummel. This is the worst news possible for the Boilers and for Hummel. This is quite possibly the best Purdue team ever and I know there are plenty of people who pegged them to be there in the end. It still isn't over though, the dream is still alive.

I do believe you are right, the flow for the team was thrown WAY off because the gameplan was clearly not labeled, when we lose Hummel we will do this or that. So, obviously it took the team time to re-focus and play the type of game which brought out their best skills.

And I always figured you for an older fan, wow was I off!  Anyway

I will take this a definant compliment as a lot of young fans are immature and not worth listening to.

Grizz

P.S. I will be posting a blog later today about the Boilers and Hummel situation. There is no reason to lose faith..... could it be possible the Boilers will play for Hummel and finish the dream? I think it's possible, I think the dream of having back to back championships are more then possible with our Big3, KEEP FAITH, KEEP STRONG, KEEP HOPE!



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:50 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Nice post as always, Grizz - and as well, good bkgrd info on your avatar and 'story', Sean!  I will forgive you your partiality towards the redsox (blech), esp since I now live in the Boston area and, being from NW Indiana, I just can't stand the fan mentality here.  And I always figured you for an older fan, wow was I off!  Anyway...

As I'm sure you probably heard if your windows were open, I was screaming at the end of that game and so elated that our guys, thanks in no small part to Kramer and Grant, were able to pull out the tough win.  Those Gophers really did prove to be a formidable opponent, but if, and only if, Hummel hadn't been hurt, I think the outcome would have been much more so in our favor.  The team was in sync, lighting it up and playing smartly.  When Robbie went down, I had a sick feeling, and I think the team did too - it was reflected in their play for the next 25 mins.  Over 10mins w/o scoring a basket, or even a free throw??  That's very un-Boiler-like... I posted elsewhere right after the game (and sadly it doesn't show up under the comments associated with the game, what's with that?!?!) that Bade just isn't the one to put on the stage at this time.  Foolish fouls, no true sense of focus, and maybe a small lack of teamwork for now..  I cringed every time I saw him head back out there.

I think one thing that's being missed in some of the commentary, however, is that even though we lost our star, Hummel, after the first 7-1/2 minutes, he isn't our only star.  As a result, JJ, Kramer, Grant, up-and-coming Hart, and Moore all stepped up and performed as they needed to, albeit a little late in the game, sheesh!  To watch a 14pt lead evaporate and become a 9pt deficit can be disheartening, along with The Injury on their minds, but Painter was able to get them to re-focus and play tough and hang in there until the very end.  And just like OSU, Kramer was able to pressure the offense and prevent a game-winning shot for the other team.

No matter what the outcome of The Injury, I believe that Hummel is done until the Big Dance.  No need to exacerbate a healing knee/ankle.  Let it get better, and condition it back in time for 18/19 March.  That's 3wks of healing.  Sure, it would great to sweep MSU, and it's possible still - tho much more of a challenge - but so long as we win against IU and PSU, we enter the B10 tourny as a top seed, and should at least get a tie for regular season champs.  The Committee will certainly note any stumble we MIGHT have along the way due to The Injury, so our seeding in the Big Dance shouldn't be in jeopardy too much.  But there's so much more to consider, and that is the status of Robbie Hummel's leg.  All positive thoughts should be with him and the team.  It's going to be a rough several days if not weeks ahead, but keep it positive.  Think good thoughts.  And picture a great outcome for our Boilers..

buzz

BOILER UP!!!



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 4:16 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

I would be very surprised if Robbie is ready to play on Saturday.  If he is "iffy" at all, I think Matt sits him on the bench and lets him heal up before throwing him into another regular season game.  He actually may be out until the Big 10 tourney or the NCAA tourney... we will know more by tomorrow.  I do think the Boilers can beat the Spartys w/o Hummel, but it will take a total team effort to do so.  Having 2 or 3 days to prepare for the game (w/o Hummel in the mix) should help. 

You are definitely right about Bade.  I haven't been impressed with the kid all year long and tonight did nothing to change that opinion.  As you said, he's just not ready to contribute at thhis level yet.  I don't know what happened to Barlow.  I think he returned at the end of the game, so hopefully he will be ready to go on Saturday.  It's going to be a tight race right up until the final games in the Big 10, but this one tonight was a big win!


Hey TTPDX,

At this point I would be surprised if Hummel plays before the Big10 tourney. Most important is to be back for the BigDance. He may be a little rusty, but it won't matter because of his presence. I think the Boilers could win agaisnt Sparty, everyone forgets we still have two bonafide stars in JJ and Moore. It will be a lot tougher with out Hummel, but I garuntee he will be on the sideline cheering on his buddies.

I think Bade will be good, but he is very raw at the moment and needs a heck of a lot more practice time and experience. I think he will gain a lot of this with Hummel out, and it will allow him to progress at a faster rate just like Barlow did when Ljack got hurt.

Barlow actually twisted his ankle, and had to go get it worked out on the sideline. He looked good when he returned with that killer fast break dunk. I do believe our other players will play at a higher level, it just needs to be put in the game plan.

Hey Grizz- I meant to ask you about your avatar.  Interesting mix of Oakland A's, Phil. Eagles and of course Purdue.  Just curious how that came about?

I guess I've got a similar mix with the Cleveland Indians, Indpls. Colts and Purdue.  Where do you call home now?  Cheers!

Hahaha, I'm surprised you are the first to ask this. At least all of your teams are centralized around Indiana, where as mine literally stretch from coast to coast. It would be one expensive vacation to go watch everyone of them play that's for sure, lol.

I actually call Indiana home. I am going to turn 21 on March 18th, and until a couple of months ago I lived my entire life in Columbus. I live just a little further south now, but still in Indiana. A quick note is I hate bandwagon jumpers, and going with the crowd. Well, in Columbus 90% of the population are IU fans, so since about age 4 I have been cheering on the black and gold for all college sports. In my mind there is no other program, and Drew Brees is the man.... not to mention "The Big Dog" Robinson is the my fav NBA player. As for the Oakland A's it was kind of a fate thing really. My dad is a huge baseball nut, and the year I was born was the last year the A's have won the World Series. I like to think I was suppose to become a fan of them, lol. I am also partial to the redsox, and this can be easily contributed to exposure from my dad. The Eagles are much easier to explain. First and foremost I became a fan when Brian Dawkins became part of the team. There has never been a player I have liked more then him, other then Chris Kramer. Something about players who play with passion adn heart grab my attention.

One thing is for sure, I have never been labeled as a bandwagon jumper because I have went through the many bad years and good years with all three of these teams without fail.

Thanks for asking, hopefully this suffices.

Boiler-Up, and prayers for Hummel, I'm off for the night!

Sean a.k.a. Grizz




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:42 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Another amazing stat lost in all the commentary about how "Purdue is done!", etc... : 19 assists on 24 baskets!

Purdue won this game because they played as a team.  Just as they won the other 23.

If I was Moore, Kramer, Johnson, Grant, Jackson, Barlow and the others I'd be playing with a chip on my shoulder given all the doubters that a Purdue squad praise for being the best "team" in the nation would so suddenly be perceived as "done" because their "star" player was injured.

I'm scratching my head over that.

You better believe Purdue isn't done this year! All we have to do is adjust accordingly. The only reason it was as tough as it was in this game, was because you can't plan on a force like Hummel getting hurt. Like Farve4Ever said, anyother team in a road environment would have curled up and lost.

There is no doubt Hummel makes us better, but if we can survive without him till at least the second round of the NCAA tourny, and pray he comes back 100% we will make the run we all expect.

As for the chip, I bet your right when it comes to some of the role players. I don't think JJ or Moore will, but Barlow/Kramer/Grant/Hart all will.

It is going to be fun watching Purdue work through this, Boiler-up!

Grizz



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:37 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Purdue was only a 2.5 point favorite in this game.  Winning by 1 is no shame, however that happened.

The dream is still alive.

Hey DanielK,

Thanks for the actual spread, I had a feeling it was pretty low. I was very scared of this game coming in. This was a true definition of a trap game if Purdue had ever had one this year. Coming off to HUGE wins agaisnt Illinois and Ohio State with Michigan State waiting around the corner. Howver, after the first 12 minutes I was feeling real good, until the storm hit with Hummel! Remember also that Michigan State only one by 1 point here @ The Barn very similar to the way Purdue won, with the exception they still had all of their big dogs for the entire game. This is also the same place the Gophers just roller-shocked the Badgers by almost 20 points.

This was a quality win.

In fact, I forgot to mention this Purdue squad is the first to ever win on the road @ OSU, MSU, ILL, IU, and MINN in the same season!!! We have also won at IOWA this year. What's amazing is those 5 road wins are continues, 5 in a row. We could very well make it 6 in a row if we win our last road game at Penn State.

Grizz



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:33 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Another amazing stat lost in all the commentary about how "Purdue is done!", etc... : 19 assists on 24 baskets!

Purdue won this game because they played as a team.  Just as they won the other 23.

If I was Moore, Kramer, Johnson, Grant, Jackson, Barlow and the others I'd be playing with a chip on my shoulder given all the doubters that a Purdue squad praise for being the best "team" in the nation would so suddenly be perceived as "done" because their "star" player was injured.

I'm scratching my head over that.



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:24 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Nice post Grizz, this was an awesome win for a team after they lost a star, this is the kinda win a championship team has to have when bad things happen.  Matt is going to have to coach harder now if Robbie is out for a couple games, tweak the rotation and figure out a way to win when he has to go smaller.

You are dead on LCB, the way we lost the lear and came back even without third wheel was huge for our ego and team confidence. It showed if everyone steps up and plays the role they have to play we can win.

It speaks volumes about a team that can come from behind and win a close game on the road like that. Most teams would fall apart if their top star went out in the middle of the game. Not Purdue. This is a testament to their toughness and to Matt Painter for keeping the guys confident. While it wasn't perfect, it was still a great win.

On a side note, I'm not a Purdue fan but I am definitely supporting my good friend Mark Wohlford as his magical ride on the Purdue basketball team is coming to a close. Hopefully he'll be able to contribute in one way or another once the NCAA Tournament rolls around.

I agree, and I think most of the credit belongs with Painter refocusing his team after everything was slipping away. True Bobby Knight style.... not too mention after a foolish foul by Bade he ripped a new one in him during the timeout.

And I hope Mark gets a chance to shine at some point like he was earlier in the season. It is cool to have a senior on the squad which went to our highschools.

Grizz




Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:13 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Purdue was only a 2.5 point favorite in this game.  Winning by 1 is no shame, however that happened.

The dream is still alive.



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:03 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Hey Grizz- I meant to ask you about your avatar.  Interesting mix of Oakland A's, Phil. Eagles and of course Purdue.  Just curious how that came about?

I guess I've got a similar mix with the Cleveland Indians, Indpls. Colts and Purdue.  Where do you call home now?  Cheers!

Mike



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:59 am
 

Purdue VS Minnesota 2/24/2010

Great review of the game Grizz.  I also thought the stars of the game for Purdue were Kramer and KG.  What pressure shots Grant hit at the end of the game... the rainbow 3 and the go ahead jumper with 7.7 seconds left- big time shots for sure!  Kramer supplied his usual tough defense and even stepped up the offense once Hummel went out and the team had trouble scoring.  Great leadership from the seniors on this gritty team.

I would be very surprised if Robbie is ready to play on Saturday.  If he is "iffy" at all, I think Matt sits him on the bench and lets him heal up before throwing him into another regular season game.  He actually may be out until the Big 10 tourney or the NCAA tourney... we will know more by tomorrow.  I do think the Boilers can beat the Spartys w/o Hummel, but it will take a total team effort to do so.  Having 2 or 3 days to prepare for the game (w/o Hummel in the mix) should help. 

You are definitely right about Bade.  I haven't been impressed with the kid all year long and tonight did nothing to change that opinion.  As you said, he's just not ready to contribute at thhis level yet.  I don't know what happened to Barlow.  I think he returned at the end of the game, so hopefully he will be ready to go on Saturday.  It's going to be a tight race right up until the final games in the Big 10, but this one tonight was a big win!

GO BOILERS!!! 


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