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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: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:40 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

What is you people's problem?  The only people who complain about OSU being overrated are the people who didn't watch the Buckeyes play for the last couple years. B10 people knew this team was going to be stacked even after losing Evan Turner. They are very good and Purdue is damn-near impossible to beat at Mackey. It was a great win for Purdue and probably an expected/explainable loss for Buckeye fans. It's not hard to lose to really good teams in their building.  I still respect and recognize you Buck fans. Go Boilers!!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:36 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

You are on drugs.  PURDON'T will lose again in the sweet 16.  These guys are and always have been a "good try" team and that is all.  Until they actually win in the tournament you can't sell me on them ..... at all.  C'mon.... it's Turdue.  They never win... and never willl..

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:07 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Ohio State is overrated???
They have 2 losses, both very close losses, both to ranked teams, both on the road, both their opponents had a player get really hot and play unbelievable.
No other team in the nation can say that.  The Ohio State University is thee most complete team in college and I believe, when on a neutral court, will be able to take anyone.
How did Purdue perform when they were at Ohio State???  They got blown out by 23 points. 
Fact of the matter is...Ohio State is a legitimate contendor for the national title...not overrated.

Go Bucks!

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:03 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Are you drunk?  "Ohio State is overrated."  If Ohio State is overrated, so is every team in the country.  They could make a case for being the #1 overall team in the tournament right now even with the Purdue loss.  They only have two losses, both of which have come to ranked teams on the road.  Duke's two losses have come to unranked teams, Pitt has three losses (two to unranked teams and two at home), Kansas has two losses (one at home, the other to an unranked team by 20) and Texas has four losses (two to unranked teams).  So you tell me who's overrated?  I guess with username 'elway07' you're looking to drown the sorrows of your beloved 4-12 Broncos.

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:55 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Matt Painter has done an absolutely spectacular coaching job with his 2010-11 Boilermaker squad.  Of course, it didn't hurt today that E'Twaun Moore had a career day, but Painter's use of his bench was outstanding.  Getting production from Kelsey Barlow and Travis Carroll was important to the teams win vs. the Buckeye's.

Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:45 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

I like how every time someone beats Ohio St some writer gets on the net and post an article about how that team is legit. Hey news flash Ohio St is overrated.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:41 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

@wiscgc Since when do you play road games in the NCAA Tournament? Purdue isn't Wisconsin anyway, who absolutely cannot play on the road and are a completely different team. They brought games to the final seconds against Minnesota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin on the road. A couple good looks go down, and they make one stop in Wisconsin, they're 3-0 instead of 0-3 in those games. So goes the breaks sometimes.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:39 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

I agree that Purdue is a "perhaps" a Final Four team. I was impressed with the way they played today. That said, the way teams look this year, there are "perhaps" 30 teams capable of making the Final Four.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:26 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

I appreciate what Parrish said. You however an idiot....he didn't say a Final Four LOCK he said "perhaps"......If you look at Purdue's road losses, with the exception of the OSU game (they no body could have beat them shooting that well), Purdue has had a chance to win EVERY single one of them. Arguing with you is obviously a moot point, but lets just see how it plays out....maybe you can post an "apology" like Parrish for underestimating the Boilers.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:18 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Parrish, are you serious? Thinking Purdue is a Final Four candidate? Just in case you didn't know, they won't be playing every game at Mackey Arena during the tournament, they actually have some games on the road where they have already lost 5 times this year. OSU is the only Big Ten team that has shown it has the mettle to win on the road in tough games, they are the Big Ten's only hope for the Final Four. If Purdue had Hummel, they also would be in that category, but they are not. And Wisconsin will be lucky to make the Sweet Sixteen (I can admit that even as a Badger fan).

Stop smoking that stuff, it's rotting your brain.

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