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Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 4:22 pm
 
I had Purdue ranked third in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

Then Robbie Hummel tore his ACL.

Then I dropped the Boilermakers into the 20s. And I never returned them to the top 10 -- not even when they started 15-1, mostly because they had, at the time, zero quality wins. Also worth noting: I could never get over the loss of Hummel because I've spent a lot of time throughout the past year talking to Matt Painter about Hummel as a player and a person, and I know how much that coach values that player. Thus, I couldn't help but put a premium on Hummel, too. But in properly valuing Hummel I made the mistake of inadvertently undervaluing Painter, and that's a mistake that was highlighted with Wednesday's 70-62 win over Wisconsin and again during Sunday's 76-63 victory over Ohio State.

Consider this my mea culpa.

I was wrong about what's possible for the Boilermakers.

I was wrong because -- though I've always properly loved E'Twaun Moore -- I misjudged how good JaJuan Johnson would be this season and underestimated what Painter could do with a roster robbed of its perceived most important player. After Hummel's injury, I figured the Boilermakers would finish fifth in the Big Ten. But after Sunday's win over Ohio State, they're 22-5 overall, 11-3 in the Big Ten and second in the league standings.

Purdue couldn't finish fifth now if it lost each of its remaining games.

So, yeah, I was wrong.

The Boilermakers would've been great with Hummel.

Everybody knew that.

But what I've learned this week is that they're pretty darn good without him, too -- perhaps Final Four good.
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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

I honestly think that ohio state should stay at number two. Look at who they've lost to. Wisconsin at wisconsin newsflash everyone loses there. and purdue at purdue. play both those games on neutral courts and ohio state wins 9 out of 10 times. does it mean purdue and wisconsin are bad? no. They just play far better at home. The buckeyes lost their two games in places all teams go to lose. They should stay number two.



Since: Apr 4, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again




Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again


Come on people, lets keep it real.  All three teams, Purdue, Ohio State and Wisconsin are very good basketball teams, and almost impossible to beat in their respective buildings. All three will be in the big dance and I wouldn't be surprised to see two or maybe all three make the sweet 16.  Past that point, anything is possible as evidenced by Butler last year.  Whichever team gets hot (and yes, a little lucky) might go on to the final four.  I would give Purdue the edge just because of their tenacious defense and great coaching (Painter is twice the coach Gene Keady ever was), but that Sulliger kid with the Buckeyes is a beast in the paint.  Anything can happen, and it usually does. 

Look for the Buckeyes to win the league championship, but any one of 6 teams could certainly challenge for the Big Ten Tourney Championship.  BOILER UP!!!!!!!!


Finland_Lenny
Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:38 pm
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Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Good post and well said!  Unfortunately, we Buckeye fans are use to the hatred, so it comes as no surprise!  Good game today!



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Congrats to Purdue on a well played game, or at least to Moore anyway!  As far as Final Four, that maybe a stretch.  Waht can you really read into the Boilers win on Sunday?  Ohio State, Wisconsin and Purdue are all undefeated at home, so as impressive as the last to wins were against Wisconisin and OSU, the same could be said for Wisconsin and OSU, right?



Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

joe-d, based on your comments I'm guessing you must be a Hoosier fan.  Too bad Crean has not been able to turn around IU the way Painter has turned around Purdue.  What do you mean by "until they actually win in the tournament..."?  Last time I checked, Purdue has six wins in the NCAA tournament in the last four years.  IU?  A whopping one.  Good luck in the...  the...  is IU going to a post-season tourney this year? 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

ohio st  is a second round bracket buster!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Ohio State is certainly not overrated.  But they're also probably not a Final 4 team in my book.  I look for a Sweet 16 or Elite 8 exit like last season.



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Painter teaches defense and appears unflappable, despite sticky going.  His team seems to respond somehow, call it mental toughness or whatever, but Johnson and Moore are plenty good players over all.  Both are going to get another look by pro scouts.  Ohio State is better on paper, but playing away is not so easy. 


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