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Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Posted on: March 3, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Hello faithful readers, I am going to try something kind of different. On every game so far I have waited till the end to write the recap, but tonight I will write a first half recap and a second half recap with a final summary.

First Half: As always I will start with the opposition. IU hasn’t looked real sharp in terms of focus as Purdue has already forced double digit turnovers. However, they are starting to knock down some big shots including some pretty good long range shooting which has kept them as close as they are. There defense on JJ has also been real tight and when he gets it with his back to the basket they are double teaming every time. This is something Painter has to realize and get JJ to dish it quicker.

As for our Boilers there is a lot of good things to talk about so far here on senior night. Let’s start with the seniors Kramer and Grant. Grant still needs to be more aggressive tonight and the rest of the way, he has already knocked down a contested fade away 2 pointer. Kramer has been fantastic and is really stepping up with 9 first half points. He had the nice put in off the ally-oop and a beautiful fast break layup. I still think he needs to shoot the wide open 3’s when he has them; twice he either drove and passed it or just passed it and both times ended in a loose ball. Speaking of finally shooting, how about Lewis Jackson popping a wide open three. I have no problem when he takes a wide open set shot, but the second one he attempted wasn’t needed. Moore is rebounding off a horrible shooting performance against MSU knocking down some good range shots. He missed a couple wide open ones, but you can’t hit them all. The basket interference off of Barlow’s miss that Moore put back was BOGUS as the ball was clearly outside of the rim. Barlow has to work on his free-throws, it was painful to even watch. It was good to see other players stepping up and stretching the defense out, like Hart’s three pointer did. I also have to give props to Bade who is catching lots of flack right now. His second foul which put him on the bench was a horrible call as the smaller IU guard had a fistful of jersey and was pulling him on the offensive rebound; BLOWN CALL! Our defense was also amazing as it continues to be as we turned 10 turnovers into 13 points. We also crashed the boards which was key. One final note as the second half has started, Purdue continues to impress me on their intangibles, hustle, and basketball IQ all the ingredients we need to make our run in the both upcoming tournaments.

Second Half & Conclusion: I will say this for IU they are definitely going in the right direction. They were never in this ball game after the first couple of minutes, but I think Coach Crean has this program coming back and is only a couple years off. A plus for tonight’s game include their slight rebounding margin and the fact they were very resilient and never let Purdue stretch it to 30+ point margin.

SENIOR NIGHT, is a great night for the Boilers. And, I hope this game gets us back on our “train” tracks. The second half was as impressive as the first and it was lead by our ball-hawking defense. This team has increased its defense since Hummel went down, almost from the word go. How great was it that Kramer lead this team tonight. I have been screaming for him to step up all season long even before Hummel went down. Now I know it was Indiana but this was a rivalry game and team we only beat by 3 earlier this year with Hummel. Kramer drops a season high 18, a number of steals and forced turnovers, and the most important stat to me a team leading 6 assists. In my mind the Boilers were too selfish against MSU and forced the offense, today they finally utilized the pass and found some great looks. I also like that we pushed the tempo more then we normally do, as we became more of a transition team tonight. Moore rebounds great from a horrible MSU game and drops 21, and I think this was key because after losing a good friend in Hummel to injury a lot of pressure was squarely on his shoulders and he finally knocked that monkey off. I also liked that JJ showed some grit tonight. He was doubled most all night like against MSU, but instead of letting it get to his head he hung in their and contributed 14 points and numerous trips to the free throw line. I think if he and Moore would have played with this composure against MSU the results would have been different. I think we all knew Kramer would step up and help JJ and Moore, but non of us knew who else would step up. I think this game shows what the other players have to do for us to remain successful the rest of the way. Lewis Jackson dropped a season high 9 including his first 3 of the season and first free throws of the season. Grant only ended with 5, but he was far more assertive in the second half shooting when he had good looks. Hart, Bade, and Barlow all contributed a basket or two and played what I thought should be their roles. Any night where those three or Jackson can contribute an unexpected point total will be a great night for the Boilers. I think Kramer will continue to average around 13 points and 5 assists from here on out which is a pretty good third wheel to JJ and Moore.

I think Purdue finally had a chance to adjust to losing Hummel, and the MSU game just came upon them too quickly after it. The shooting improved from something like 15 of 50 against MSU to 24 of 49, 48% tonight. Rebounding is still a problem area as we were out done 33 to 24, but it was encouraging to see our smallest guy on the floor Ljack fighting for boards. It shows the heart and effort we were missing in the MSU game. As I already mentioned the passing was extremely better as we had 16 assists on 24 made baskets. And, a key stat for JJ and the Boilers were the 6 blocks in tonight’s game. I’m not sure if anyone noticed but we had ZERO blocks against MSU which I believe is the only game this year we didn’t have a block. I am extremely happy the maintenance crew removed those invisible plastic lids allowing Purdue to make some baskets. The last concerning stat to me was the free-throw shooting only 21 of 31. I know JJ missed most of those but this is 10 points we left out there and can’t afford against greater opponents.

If Purdue can go on to win @ Penn State we will earn our 22-nd Big Ten title splitting it with Ohio State, and lock up the #2 seed in the Big10 tourney.

Also wanted to say what a class-act Coach Painter is for getting Mark Wolford in the game at the end on senior night. I watched the OSU and Illinois game last night and there was at least one senior who didn't get on the court. Obviously my POG (player of the game) on senior night is Chris Kramer. At this point you know why, and while Moore led us in scoring Kramer led this team tonight. And, how about his call out at the end of the game.... "Never thought this night would come.... 4 years later here we are 40 minutes away from a Big10 title.....and if we win EVERYONE better be at the air-port when we get back!" Did I forget to mention this 2010 class of Wolford, Grant, and Kramer is now the most winning class of all time with 99 and counting. I am glad to see all three go out with a home win!

*TIE-BREAKING RULES: I do have a question for anyone who knows better then I. This is in regards to the tie breaker rules for Big10 seedings. (I will post a link to the rules after I finish typing) If I understand the rules right the rule says you compare head to head records and if this is even you look at the best record common in-conference team and compare each teams head to head against them. If this is correct then I understand why Ohio State gets the #1 seed regardless if Purdue ties them. This is so because MSU would be the highest common opponent and Purdue is 1-1 while OSU is 1-0 against them giving the edge to OSU (it sucks I know). This would also mean we own the tie breaker against MSU if it ends as a tie because after having an even head to head record we compare what was done against Ohio State where Purdue is 1-1 and MSU is 0-1.

Where I am confused or at least wondering is the situation with Wisconsin. If Purdue where to lose against Penn State and Wisconsin where to win tonight against Iowa and then pull the Upset @ Illinois we would be tied on our records. I think this would give Purdue the tie breaker for what I would assume to be the 3 seed with MSU getting the 2. If I have figured this correct it works this way because both Purdue and Wisconsin are 1-1 against OSU and MSU, HOWEVER Purdue is 2-0 against Illinois and the best Wisconsin can be is 1-1. PLEASE tell me if I am wrong and if you can explain it better I would be more then happy to read it, THANKS!

Here is the link:

http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-bask
bl/spec-rel/100606aae.html

Boiler-Up!!!

Grizz

Comments

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 8:10 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hey 9939,

I hope Kramer doesn't play football, because I am hoping he will get picked up by a NBA team. To bad you won't be there buddy, I would have looked for you.

Grizz



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 1:51 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Grizz,

Sorry for being a little late on this, but it has been a busy week.  I did find time to watch the game though... nothing gets in the way of Boilermaker Basketball!

As for the game itself... I too was very pleased and impressed with (not to mention happy for) Kramer.  He is stepping up when he is needed most.  It's just so odd to see Kramer out there scoring like that.  I agree with your assesment of Johnson.  He is getting doubled up more and more.  He needs to realize that when this happens, to dump the ball off much sooner.  I know he CAN hit some of those longer jumpers, but he is getting to the point now that he is forcing some of them and doing it way too much.  I was also very happy to see Moore rebound after the tough MSU game.

The one place I am going to have to disagree with you on is Bade.  I know I may sound like a lot of other fans, but he has got to wake up.  Now I know in the instance you specifically mentioned, the IU guy had a fist full of his jersey, but he still has a very bad habit of this "over the back" crap and cheap meaningless fouls.  In my personal opinion, I would rather sacrifice his size for not putting the other team at the foul line.  I would almost like to see Byrd in more than Bade.

Wow... senior night.  I too felt the same way as Chris... "I never thought this night would come."  As I have told you a hundred times, Kramer is my all time favorite Boilermaker.  As a guy, its hard to admit this, but I too found myself getting a tad choked up when he came off the floor for the last time.  Somebody earlier posed about Kramer coming back for football (and you and I have talked about this Grizz).  I watched an "interview" (if you want to call it that - lol) with Kramer and he said that he will not be playing football for Purdue.  Too bad... I would have loved to seen him knocking Pryor's (QB for OSU) head off!  That "interview" can be seen here:


I would love to go to the Big Ten Tournament.  Conseco Fieldhouse is a great place and not very far for me, but like you Grizz, money is the issue.  I went to the Wooden game back in December (Purdue vs Ball State) at Conseco and had seats right at center court 20 rows up.  They were AWESOME seats... best seats I have ever had for a sporting event.




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:12 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hahaha, LC, I figured you would like that video after what you were talking about.

Yea I love this environemtn too, but you are right there are some trolls out there that I would like to take behind the wood-shed, lol.

LMAO, my dad is a smoker so our chances of running into each other are decent, lol. I hope to be sitting in section 5 through 12 some where.... still haven't bought the tickets yet but I will let you know.

Grizz



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Haha, LC I hear you man. I think it to because as long as you judge a person based on what they say then you can be preceived differently then what your friends in the world consider you. You made me think of this video as soon as I read your post:




(It's hilarious!!!)

I have no idea which section is the Purdue section, but I am hoping to be sitting any where but the OSU section (can't stand the O-HI-O chant...long story) and would be happy to sit in the midst of all green or orange to just stand out in my black, LMAO!!!

You are dead on about being a student. I have many years left to go, and I'm thinking about attending Purdue for my PhD in psychology. I still have a lot of research to do on schools to go to
Ok, I am not a big fan of country music, but if more songs were like that, that song is hysterical, and you are right fits so perfect with the whole online thing going on with there boards.  I mean sure a lot of people would think it overly dweebey to be posting out here, but I enjoy the sports talk back and forth, the ribbing, if it doesn't get too nasty, and just the general love everyone has for their teams.  Its what the term FANATIC is all about.  Section 108 is where I will be, look me up, usually at half time of each game we go out on the smoking decks on the second level and hang out with a bunch of us and talk about the games.  So hope to see you there.





Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 8:31 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

I kinda like the whole nome de plume, makes me feel all cool and stuff (now I sound like the computer geek I have always been) to have people call me LC, and to call you Griz, and the other guys.  Not sure where my seats are yet this year, we are usually in the second level, awesome seats, unless the Purdue Section is stuck in behind the baskets, this rotating sections in arena thing can really blow from year to year.  I to will post where I am sitting, maybe Spartypants will be at the games and look me up, I would love to meet that dude also.  I assume the lack o cash is due to your being a student?  I absolutely loved my 4 years in West Lafayette, got me a wife from WL while I was there, lots of family still down there, so i spend a lot of time there.  By the way, real name Brian.

Haha, LC I hear you man. I think it to because as long as you judge a person based on what they say then you can be preceived differently then what your friends in the world consider you. You made me think of this video as soon as I read your post:




(It's hilarious!!!)

I have no idea which section is the Purdue section, but I am hoping to be sitting any where but the OSU section (can't stand the O-HI-O chant...long story) and would be happy to sit in the midst of all green or orange to just stand out in my black, LMAO!!!

You are dead on about being a student. I have many years left to go, and I'm thinking about attending Purdue for my PhD in psychology. I still have a lot of research to do on schools to go to.

Talk soon......BTW I hope Penn State can finsih the upset here @ MSU

Boiler-Up!

Grizz



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

I kinda like the whole nome de plume, makes me feel all cool and stuff (now I sound like the computer geek I have always been) to have people call me LC, and to call you Griz, and the other guys.  Not sure where my seats are yet this year, we are usually in the second level, awesome seats, unless the Purdue Section is stuck in behind the baskets, this rotating sections in arena thing can really blow from year to year.  I to will post where I am sitting, maybe Spartypants will be at the games and look me up, I would love to meet that dude also.  I assume the lack o cash is due to your being a student?  I absolutely loved my 4 years in West Lafayette, got me a wife from WL while I was there, lots of family still down there, so i spend a lot of time there.  By the way, real name Brian.



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:20 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Dude don't worry about when they play get tickets to the whole thing, I have not missed a big 10 tournament since they started, I believe this is year 13 maybe 12, not sure.  I have never regretted the 4 days of games yet, although, I must say other than year 1 and last year we have not gone to the Sunday games, we have always been able to get too much money for the tickets to not sell them.  I am a basketball junkie and nothing beats 3 days of 9 basketball games in the big 10.  If anyone has the chance go to the tournament, the whole tournament its a great time.

Hey LC,

The only way to get to all 4 days and sessions is to have the needed cash, lol. To say the least I don't have it. I am lucky to even be going this year. My dad and best friend are paying my way since My 21st birthday is March 18th. The plan right now is to get some great seats for session 3 and head up about 6 hours early to see if we can find a scalper who we can get some cheaps seats off of for session 2. If we fail the 3 of us will be at Buffalo Wild Wings for about 4 hours watching the games and waiting for our time to get to our seats. I'm also holding back at the moment as I would love to go to the FINAL FOUR this year in Indy.

Anyways, so since I know you will be there you ought to look me up. Throw a paper wad at me or something, lol. Once I get my tickets I will let you know where I'm sitting.

By the way, most people know by now but my name is Sean.

Grizz



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:11 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hey TTPDX,

I think your point about Hummel is dead on, and it will hurt our free-throw % from here on out. But, I think Grant, Kramer, JJ, and Moore will be our main shooters from the stripe anyways and besides JJ having an off night and missing 5, the other 5 misses came from Barlow and Ljack. Kramer I think missed one, but he more then made up for it. Hopefully in a close game Grant, Kramer, or even Moore gets the ball as I am not sure I would be comfortable with JJ or anyone else when it comes to the game being on the line.

Penn State will be a great test especially since it's on the road, but I think our defense will lead us to a victory.

Grizz



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:02 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hey Boilerbacker,

Thanks for the compliments, I'm glad I'm getting better at the recap. I can honestly say I never had a worried feeling during this game. I'm not sure why either as it was close early and IU wouldn't just go away, but I had a peaceful calm. It was actually really nice as I needed a less stressful game after the past 10 days. You are right IU might not be what one considers formiddable, BUT this is the same team that we only beat by 3 with Robbie Hummel.

Rebounding and Free-throws are still KEY and in my opinion no one deserves a pass more a missed free-throw or block-out. You can't help when someone goes over the back and no call is made, but free-throws have to be it. I play ball as much as I can and I am no where as talented as anyone on Purdue's squad but I shoot an 82% clip at the line and I kick myself all the time for missing the other 18%

I did notice Duke and Kstate fall tonight, but at this point the rankings mean very little. Starting next week the Conference Tournies will start and people will forget who is #1 and #20.

I have a feeling next weeks game will be just as emotional for the players and fans as we are going for that 22nd Big10 title.

Boiler-Up!

Grizz



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 12:18 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hey Grizz, good thoughts on tonights game as usual.  It was fun and relaxing (for a change) to watch the Boilers tonight.  IU was obviously overmatched, but Purdue and all its fans were overdue for a "laugher", and I was very pleased the Seniors were able to go out a winner. 

Your comments about Chris Kramer were right on.  He definitely put the team on his back tonight (as he tried to do against the Spartys) and his unrelenting toughness and grit were a pleasure to watch.  This guy's a winner and I wish him all the best of luck whatever he ends up doing after his Purdue BB career (football anyone?).  Was also great to see Lewis Jackson come to life offensively a little more.  He seems to be rounding into playing shape from his long layoff, and the team will need all the offense it can get from him in upcoming games.  Grant seemed kind of quiet tonight, but his offense really wasn't needed in this one.

You also pointed out something tonight that I noticed in the MSU game, that this team does not shoot the ball as well from the foul line as it did prior to Robbie going down.  Taking Hummel's 80-90% FT shooting out of the lineup has really brought the overall percentage down.  I only hope it doesn't eventually result in a close tourney loss that would have otherwise been a win.  Nobody in the starting 5 is a particularly bad foul shooter, but taking Hummel out of the equation dilutes the percentage significantly.  That was one area that the Boilers almost always enjoyed a distinct advantage over their opponents in the past, and now that advantage appears to be gone.  Of course the rebounding seems to have also suffered (not unexpectedly) w/o Hummel, but I think our tough defense can hopefully overcome that disadvantage.

All and all I feel much better about this teams chances in the Big 10 and NCAA Tourneys after tonights games.  I'm still a little depressed about losing Hummel for the year, but everyone has to step up and soldier on.  The game against Penn State this weekend will be a real test to see how far this team has come since the season ending injury to RH. 

 


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