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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: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 12:07 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

I believe that will also set us up for a rematch with the Spartans on Saturday if the wins for each pans out, maybe a chance to exact some revenge from Sunday.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 12:03 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hello ALL,

      
;    A solid win for the readjusting Boilers (the increased field goals originating from fast transitions are encouraging).  As to the tie-breaker rules and their application to forseeable scenarios, Krivo's explanation is on point (looked at it myself just to be sure): MSU loss or a PURDUE victory secures a #2 seed for PURDUE.  BOILER UP!



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 12:03 am
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Oh, and again, not that it matters much - but how about both Duke and KState losing tonight?  Interesting....

And yeah, it was an emotional night, Grizz - I felt a litlte tug as well as Kramer left the court for the last time.  Grant and Wohlford will also be missed - a great trio that has MUCH more basketball to come!

BOILER UP!



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 12:00 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.



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Stellar recap, Grizz - I almost felt like I was reliving the game!  I have to say (having watched it on a tape delay by about 90mins), I was afraid of Grant's fumbling the ball on that first fast-break.  I really thought it would be a sign of a rough 40mins to come.  But alas, it was worth a chuckle, a shrug, and then back to busniess.  And business it was...  As I just posted myself, IU may not have been a formidable opponent, but no team can really just be discarded, esp when it's a long-time rival.

It was good to see Bade getting some work out there, it's what he needs more of - experience will make him grow.  He hit his free throws with good form, welcome to see.  This game and the next are perfect opportunities to do so.  And yeah, he was robbed on that cheap 2nd foul.  In fact, I think the zebras had a few questionable calls but for the most part, it was a well-called game.  In my comments, I did not note the coverage on JJ, so that explains why he didn't get more than the 14 he posted... but I was a little disappointed by his FTs, as well as Barlow's...  you need to make those, period.  JJ gets a pass, tho, with his monster blocks!

Again, another good game coming up.  Not a gimme, by a long shot, but another 40mins to continue to finesse our New Offense to match our Strong Defense.  Oh, and to work on those boards - REBOUND!!

BOILER UP!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:53 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Oops.  I see I said Illinois when I meant Wisconsin at one point and vice versa at another.  I think my point is clear though.



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:46 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Hey Krivo,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for confirming my thoughts. When I read through the rules I was pretty sure this was how it would work, and I briefly stated this above. However, with you pretty much repeating what I said in a more written out fashion I feel 100% comfortable with the understanding of the tie-breaking rules.

I'm off to buy those tickets now, yipee! Again, thanks Kirvo!

Grizz



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:38 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Oh and to your other point, yes, Purdue is locked into the night session on Friday of the BTT.



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:36 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

Purdue wins the tiebreaker over Wisconsin because Wisconsin lost to Illinois, even if they beat them this weekend.  I apologize if someone else already commented, but I know this stuff pretty well so I just wanted to get it out.
If teams are tied, 2 or 3 or more, you first take the head-to-head records.  Let's just talk about Purdue and Wisconsin, assuming Purdue loses to Penn State and Illinois wins.  For the sake of argument assume Michigan State wins out but it actually is irrelevant as I'll explain soon.  Purdue and Wisconsin split 1-1.  Then you take each team's record against the top team(s) in the standings.  If OSU and MSU are tied for 1st, you take PU's and UW's records against the both of them together.  In this case it's easy because both Purdue and Wisconsin split with both MSU and OSU.  2-2 each.  So then you go to the next team in the standings (not counting themselves of course).  That's Illinois.  Purdue went 2-0 against Illinois.  Wisconsin, with a win this weekend in the hypo, goes 1-1 against Wisconsin.  Ergo, Purdue beats Wisconsin in a tiebreaker in that scenario.
Now bring Michigan State into it, if they lose a game.  All three tied at 13-5.  Each team was 1-1 against each other, for 2-2 total.  So then you take all 3 to the next tiebreaker, which is record against OSU.  Purdue 1-1.  Wisconsin 1-1.  MSU 0-1.  MSU out of tiebreaker, 4th seed.  Then you take Purdue and Wisconsin to the next step, which again is their respective record against Illinois.  Same result as above.  
Therefore, Purdue will be the 2 seed with either a win over Penn State or a Michigan State loss in one of their remaining games.  Wisconsin is of no consequence to Purdue now for BTT seedings.
Hope this helps.



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:19 pm
 

Purdue VS IU 03/03/2010

As always a nice post Grizz, sorry I do not understand the tie breaker rules any better than you do.  This was a good game to get back on track, as I told someone after the MSU game we needed this IU game to be before the MSU game so that this team could find a new rythm before having to play a team like MSU, now just beat Penn State and on the the tourney

Oh and in case someone missed it, win number 100 might be the most important win of that 4 years, it will be for the first big 10 championship in a long time.

Hey LC,

No biggie on the tie-breaker. I think I understand it as I explained it, but I would love for some one who knows better to either confirm what I said or set me straight. I am desperately trying to get floor seats to the session Purdue will be playing in for the Big10 tourney and if what I said is dead on I know Purdue will play their first game in session #3 regardless of what happens later this week.

I also agree having IU before MSU would have been better. I knew the first game after only a couple of days was going to be ugly, but we played well enough in that game to easily beat IU. That's just the way the schedule crumbles.

And, BTW I was trying to say your final statement about win #100 since it is such a big deal. I hope.... I HOPE.... we can win that ball game because how great would it be for the foundation of our team to win both the Big10 tourney and Big10 season title in the years they play here. Who knows if we do this, we also might be able to add our first ever NCAA title. If not this year (still have faith) then certainly next year.

Thanks for your response,

Grizz



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