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Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 1:16 am
 

First I want to say congrats to Michigan State for winning this game. You guys won, and should have. The most astounding number to me was the rebounding difference, and this was in part because Michigan State went harder for them, but also because of some lucky bounces. I also have to give a lot of credit to State’s defense which was physical and tight-nosed all day long.

Objectively, many Boiler fans will say “IF” Hummel played we would have won. I’m not going to say it, nor do I actually believe that. Today was solely the inability to make any shots on offense. Quite seriously, can someone PLEASE remove the sewer lid from the Boilermaker’s basket? This was the worst shooting performance of the year at least visually. Moore and Johnson combined for a less then inspiring 7 of 27 shooting. Let’s think about that number for a minute shall we? These numbers had absolutely nothing to do with Hummel playing or not playing. Over half of the shots Moore missed in this game where either the type of in the lane floaters, or ridiculous spinning in and out three pointers. Did any one else’s heart break on the last two 3 pointers he attempted which went 90% of the way in and rolled out? I know I did, I was just simply lost for words. Even JJ couldn’t hit his typical pull up jumper at the end when we trailed 48-44, a shot he has been consistent at since the word go. Also, where’s Keaton Grant? It’s kind of like where’s Waldo, but finding Grant is a tad more important for the Boilers. He only took 3 shots, only 3. He hit 2 of them and his stroke was looking good. This was his time to take more shots, we needed him and he decided not to be aggressive. And, this is a plead straight to Lewis Jackson, please SHOOT the ball. I know this kid can hit shots when he has his feet set and with room to shoot, but he simply wouldn’t shoot the ball or drive with it. The few times he decided to attack the defense off the dribble other guys where open because of the double team…we must have more of this. Also, I have to stress the Boilers need to fight harder for rebounds, and I will admit there were many NON-calls in favor of Michigan State for going over the back, but the refs where allowing both teams to physically play and unfortunately it played more to the advantage of MSU for the boards.

Now, I have ripped my team enough, and despite the negativity there where positives. The first one I have to state is about P. Bade. I have been on this kid the last few weeks, but he actually impressed me today. Forget his stat line which shows almost nothing, but this kid played smarter today. He wasn’t committing the stupid fouls like he was in the past and did a fairly good job of feeling in for JJ when he sat in the first half. I also feel horrible for Barlow who multiple times tried to pick the Boilers off the ground by driving to the rim and got hammered with out a call. Welcome to the Big10 kid! Another HUGE positive and the only reason we lost by as low as nine was our DEFENSE!!! It was spectacular and this was even with being out-sized all game long. Let’s face it when Kramer who is 6 foot 3 and guarding MSU’s power forward with at least the height of 6 foot 9 there is a size advantage. Even with this MSU could never pull the lead to double digits because as a team Purdue forced 22 turnovers. We also held them to 2 of 9 from down-town and 40% overall from the field. Considering we got out rebounded 44 to 16, a margin of 28! This is a sign we are still a force to reckon with. Any other team in the nation who would be out rebounded by this margin would get blown out of the water… If I remember correctly this is exactly what happened to Villanova last night. Turnovers are also a positive for us as we only committed 12 the entire game. The Player of the Game for the Boilers was non-other then Chris Kramer. He pretty much led our team in scoring basically 11 while JJ had 11 and Moore somehow ended with 12, led them with effort, and led them with heart. There was nothing else this kid could have done, and I bet you he will have about 50 bruises come this time tomorrow.

We have two games coming up which the Boilers have to win, and quite frankly should win. Today’s game came at a horrible time because of the loss of Hummel, but I have to reiterate the loss of Hummel did not destroy us in this game. When the shots don’t fall, they just don’t fall. Keep in mind we shot 15-50, only 30% from the field and got out rebounded by 28, BUT still only lost by 9 points against a top 15 team in Michigan State. Many people including Purdue fans will say this proves Purdue can’t win without Hummel, the season is done, or blah blah blah. It’s not the case; in this game the numbers tell the story. Luck was clearly not on the side of the Boilers and we left TOO many open shots out of the basket to win this game. Hummel or no Hummel this was a loss, and a loss is all it was.

I hope for the life of me the players and Painter realize we should have won this game and it fires us up to finish the regular season. I still see a good run in the tournament and at this point I have no reason to believe with Purdue’s ball-hawking defense, grit, heart, and experience a trip to the sweet-16 is out of the question with a possible run further.

HOLD THE PHONE In the midst of everything I forgot to mention one all important accomplishment by Chris Kramer. He has now become the ALL-TIME leading steal man for this program. Considering Purdue has prided its-self on defense through-out its history this is an amazing accomplishment for Kramer and I am happy he was the one to do it.

Boiler-Up!

Grizz

Comments

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2010 1:48 am
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Well, hopefully you'll be wearing nothing but OLD GOLD AND BLACK clothing, Grizz!

As for the game, I've posted to your original thread, and won't say much more than it was just a flat disappointment, and I think DanielK and a couple others have pointed out why - it's because our defense was solid, and thus kept this game's outcome in question until about the last 2 mins...  But with all the shots we attempted, you're right - it felt like the invisible lid was over the basket - nothing seemed to fall our way.  And our 'Cuse friend also had a good point.  Bad play from one team can throw a good team outta sync and take a good game and spiral it into a mess.  And yes, I did my fair share of yelling, cursing, and moments of sheer disbelief and jaw-gaping silence, sigh... We had friends over for dinner that evening, and they were amazed I had so much interest and spirit in this - or any - game!  You'd think they'd know better...!

If anything, we have two 'easier' games coming up, but far from easy games.  Focus and drive for the boards have to be the factors to utilize to win out the season.  What better chance to get the team's focus in line than these last two games.  I'm hopeful as ever - but I will be realistic:  advancing to the Sweet 16 will be great.  Anything beyond that will be Fate smiling upon us with.  Here's to Fate - and Focus!

Hey Bbacker,

You know you are the second person to bust my chops about saying Gold and Black, lol. My best girl-friend who attends IUPUI pointed this out when I let it slip with using the word OLD.... So thanks to her and you I will make sure from now on the word OLD is used before every gold, LMAO. Either way I will be there in all Purdue gear, except for shoes, underwear, and socks. Ah, maybe just shoes, lol. I even bought an iron-on patch for my black shorts which is the "P" logo.

I was right there with you.... yelling, smacking the table, and especially a loss of words. On Moore's two 3's which rolled around and out, I couldn't even breath.

You are right we have two MUCH easier games coming up and we have to gain some sort of flame to lead us into tourney time for the BIG-MO!

Grizz....... Go BLACK and "OLD" GOLD, lol



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Well, hopefully you'll be wearing nothing but OLD GOLD AND BLACK clothing, Grizz!

As always, a great post here...  And yes, for the past couple weeks, prior the The Injury, I have been melancholy about Kramer's upcoming departure.  Congrats to Chris - he helps to rename the steals award to the Cardinal-Kramer Award!  He is a beast and a gentleman.  He will truly be missed.

As for the game, I've posted to your original thread, and won't say much more than it was just a flat disappointment, and I think DanielK and a couple others have pointed out why - it's because our defense was solid, and thus kept this game's outcome in question until about the last 2 mins...  But with all the shots we attempted, you're right - it felt like the invisible lid was over the basket - nothing seemed to fall our way.  And our 'Cuse friend also had a good point.  Bad play from one team can throw a good team outta sync and take a good game and spiral it into a mess.  And yes, I did my fair share of yelling, cursing, and moments of sheer disbelief and jaw-gaping silence, sigh... We had friends over for dinner that evening, and they were amazed I had so much interest and spirit in this - or any - game!  You'd think they'd know better...!

If anything, we have two 'easier' games coming up, but far from easy games.  Focus and drive for the boards have to be the factors to utilize to win out the season.  What better chance to get the team's focus in line than these last two games.  I'm hopeful as ever - but I will be realistic:  advancing to the Sweet 16 will be great.  Anything beyond that will be Fate smiling upon us with.  Here's to Fate - and Focus!

BOILER UP!



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 8:00 am
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Hey P9939,

It's been a little while. Thanks for the compliments and I hope you do keep tabs on the blogs, and I would love to get regulars. I swear the blogs will reach beyond Purdue sooner or later. Especially since I am getting the hang of it.

BTW, Kramer is still the man. And, if Purdue does fail to reach it's ultimate goals this year the true sad part will be losing Kramer before next year when we will be just as good as we are this year if not better. I hope he comes back for football, any position would be great. I think it would be just natural he plays defense, lol, but we'll see.

Grizz

P.S. If anyone plans on being at the Big10 Tourney on Friday March 12th let me know, and look for me. I will be there (hopefully all 4 games) wearing nothing but BLACK AND GOLD!!!



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 7:52 am
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Grizz, I know it's off topic, but I'm still sick about Westbrook leaving -- it was obvious the Eagles missed him when he was hurt, and that this year was a lost year, but he's been the go-to guy for the last 6 years -- it reminds me of when Tampa Bay got rid of Warrick Dunn -- too soon, and he had a ton of good years left.  Same goes for Westbrook....somebody's gonna be very glad to pick him up.... I hope it's the Broncos -- wherever it is, he's staying on my keeper-league team until I see he's REALLY done....
peace

Hey OrangeD,

I have honestly come to expect the Eagles to release players like this. I was sick when I first heard the news as he was always a Philly favorite, but I really like McCoy and Weaver in our backfield. I honestly think if Reid stuck with the run a little more we would be better off. I also think in what will be McCoy's 2nd year he will be much more effective in the screen game and everydown back.

To be quite honest with you I was more sick last year when Dawkins was released. I thought for sure he had a good 2 or 3 years left in him and I wanted him to finish in Philly for his career. It would be fitting for Westbrook to go there, why not, lol. As for keepers I had Westy but I had to drop him half way through the season last year because of my TE position injury woes and strength of RB's.

By the way, I have actually become quite a fan of the Broncos this last year. Being such a Purdue fan and Dawkins fan I have to favorite players on the squad with Orton and the all mighty hitter himself.

If you would like to compare keepers and talk some fantasy let me know. I will create a seperate blog specifically for it.

Grizz




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 7:38 am
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Hey LC,

I feel your frustration about this game. It was almost like a mental block the Boilers couldn't overcome. Hopefully it's just because Painter didn't have enough time to get the kids to..... in a way and it's horrible to say... forget about Hummel. I also agree with what you said this team is far from dead because of the other tangibles they bring to the table. As for the officiating I LOVED the fact they allowed both teams to play without ticky tack fouls, but there were certainly times they let it go to far.

You know what though LC, sometimes when you play a team like that who can't handle the ball it just turns the whole game to crap -- everything is out of sync and it's impossible to get your own offensive rhythm going, etc -- I live in the south, and get to watch some pretty sloppy basketball up close sometimes, and it's amazing how often one team decides to have a bad game and the other team just gets sucked into the vortex of futility and can even end up losing...

Hey OrangeD,

It's odd but you are exactly right. In my mind it's a lack of discipline on the team that allows it to affect them. I guess this is what disappoints me the most about Purdue's play because normally they dictate the tempo, but not today.

I wish I had gotten to see the game so that I could've seen just how well Purdue performed. Instead, I was watching the USA vs Canada men's hockey game. Anyway, I must say that the final score of the Purdue/MSU game impressed me. I never expected Purdue to win this game in the first place. Heck, I never even expected them to be in the game. Sean, from what I read of your blog here I see that Purdue played one of its worst games of the year. However, the fact that Purdue only lost by 9 is pretty amazing. Without the foundation of the team (in my opinion), Purdue lost to a potential Final Four team by only 9. That says a lot right there. Like I said, I didn't get to watch the game but it looked like their defense really played well considering they only gave up 53 points. Kudos to Purdue.

Hey Billy, I heard thay hockey game was actually great to watch. I recorded it and plan on watching it later today.

Obviously my blog might be a little biased, but I think I bashed on Purdue pretty good after this game.... so hopefully it buys me credibility with other team fans. Anyways, I have watched over 20 of Purdue's games this season and it was by far their worst performance outside of the NW game.... which was the only other game they were pounded on the boards. It's also amazing how everyone not a Purdue fan expected MSU to blow us out, and yet some say this performance proved them right and the others say it proved them wrong. College basketball is truly an odd ball game.

Boiler-Up!

Grizz




Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2010 12:43 am
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Great blog Grizz!  I replied to your "This isn't Hummel" thread a little bit ago, where I basically said everything in response to this, so check it out there.  I'm going to try and stay up to date with your blogs... you write some good stuff.

On a side note, I created my first thread the other day, but have only had a couple people reply.  Give it a look and I would love to hear your opinion.



P.S. How about our boy Kramer today!



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2010 11:23 pm
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

I wish I had gotten to see the game so that I could've seen just how well Purdue performed. Instead, I was watching the USA vs Canada men's hockey game. Anyway, I must say that the final score of the Purdue/MSU game impressed me. I never expected Purdue to win this game in the first place. Heck, I never even expected them to be in the game. Sean, from what I read of your blog here I see that Purdue played one of its worst games of the year. However, the fact that Purdue only lost by 9 is pretty amazing. Without the foundation of the team (in my opinion), Purdue lost to a potential Final Four team by only 9. That says a lot right there. Like I said, I didn't get to watch the game but it looked like their defense really played well considering they only gave up 53 points. Kudos to Purdue.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2010 10:32 pm
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

Grizz, I know it's off topic, but I'm still sick about Westbrook leaving -- it was obvious the Eagles missed him when he was hurt, and that this year was a lost year, but he's been the go-to guy for the last 6 years -- it reminds me of when Tampa Bay got rid of Warrick Dunn -- too soon, and he had a ton of good years left.  Same goes for Westbrook....somebody's gonna be very glad to pick him up.... I hope it's the Broncos -- wherever it is, he's staying on my keeper-league team until I see he's REALLY done....
peace



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

You know what though LC, sometimes when you play a team like that who can't handle the ball it just turns the whole game to crap -- everything is out of sync and it's impossible to get your own offensive rhythm going, etc -- I live in the south, and get to watch some pretty sloppy basketball up close sometimes, and it's amazing how often one team decides to have a bad game and the other team just gets sucked into the vortex of futility and can even end up losing...



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:33 pm
 

Purdue VS Michigan State 2/28/2010

You know the sad thing is, this game was ours to win, Michigan State turned the ball over what, 21 times.  At one point they turned the ball over 5 times in a row on possessions and we could not score.  Coming into this game we said collectively the team had to pick up the loss of Hummels 16 points, that means that Moore and Johnson cannot decide to have the most ineffective game all season.  Hey, Jackson, at least make them think you might shoot the ball at some point.  And it sure would have been nice on the few times they decided to drive the lane they could have gotten a foul call in there somewhere, between the hammerings.  And while I am talking about the officials, since when is it ok to go over the top of a guys back, land on his back, and not get a foul called, that was the ultimate bad call, but don't get me wrong, the officiating did not cost us this game, a lack of offense cost us this game.  I still think we can win the last 2, and get things righted, yes we lost, but I saw a team that can still play awesome defense and guys will get back on track on offense.  Come on Boilers, yes we missed a golden opportunity, although, I do not think even with a win they would have given us #1 in the nation, Syracuse deserves that right now.  Congrats Cuse, hope you can stay there.


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