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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: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 5:02 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Parrish was not the only one to drop Purdue after losing Hummel, but he's the only one so far that has manned up to underestimating them.  Both of these teams played tough today and will be difficult match-ups for most teams in the tournament.  I think the top of the Big Ten is as good as the Big East or Big Twelve - who would have thought that after the miserable year Michigan State has had!

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:49 pm

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

We can't always be right, but can be honest.  Thanks for the write up.  go boilers

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