Purdue did their part in contributing to the Big Ten's effort in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this week downing #25 Virginia 61-59 in Mackey Arena last night. The Boilers were down 57-53 with less than two minutes remaining, but quickly took a two point lead with consecutive 3's from Chris Lutz and David Teague. Virginia then tied the game at 59 on 2 free throws setting the stage for Tarrance Crump's game winner, knocking down an 8 foot runner with less than a second remaining. Here's a great amateur video of the game winner taken from the stands.
''He's our best ball handler, the quickest player we have,'' Painter said. ''He does the best job breaking people down. ... If he goes fast, he causes teams to get in a bind on ball screens. They hedged and he saw a seam and made the shot.''
Last season's struggles seem like a distant memory with Purdue knocking off 3 solid opponents already this season. Purdue beat Oklahoma and DePaul in Maui, and the ranked Cavaliers in Mackey. That's more quality wins right there than they've had the last 3 years combined. Despite Purdue's win, the Big Ten fell to the ACC in the Challenge for the 8th year in a row. 8th year in a row! Overall, the ACC won 8 games to the Big Ten's 3. This trend will be reversed in the years to come with the influx of talent coming into the Big Ten next year. Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, and Ohio State all have top 10 caliber recruiting classes coming in for 2007.