If only Purdue never had to leave the friendly confines of Mackey Arena. After a disappointing loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last weekend, Purdue gladly returned to West Lafayette to face Bruce Weber's Illini.
Purdue defeated the Fighting Illini 64-47 in wire to wire dominating fashion. Feeding off the energy of the home crowd and a sold out Mackey, Purdue jumped out to a 24-4 lead and never looked back. Illinois got within 10 at one point in the second half, but then David Teague took over and carried the Boilers to a 17 point win.
Teague poured in 28 points on 10-17 shooting and also grabbed 9 boards. His 28 points was a career high and he no doubt enjoyed that his performance was against the coach (Bruce Weber) that nearly recruited him to Southern Illinois. Landry chipped in with 17 points and Chris Kramer added an emphatic dunk at the end of the game for good measure.
It is maddening how different this team is at home compared to on the road. The prime example is how Purdue defeated Michigan 67-53 at Mackey Arena, and then a mere 5 days later lost 71-55 to the very same team at Crisler Arena. Purdue now sits at 14-7 (3-4 in the Big Ten) and will look to stay undefeated at Keady Court when they host the Ohio State Buckeyes Wednesday night.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Matt Painter's Boilers were blown out last night by the Hoosiers of Indiana 85-58 and it wasn't even competitive. Stats here and pics here. Purdue was down 34-22 at half and it got much uglier in the second half as they were down by 30 at one point. It was Purdue's most lopsided loss to the Hoosiers since a 106-65 beat down in Bloomington in 1992, a game Matt Painter played in for the Boilers.
After such a promising start to the season where Purdue beat Oklahoma and DePaul in Maui and was on the brink of cracking the top 25 after beating previously unbeaten Missouri, it appears as though Purdue is going backwards. They are having scary problems with perimeter defense as Purdue's last three opponents are shooting 60 percent (18-of-30) from beyond the arc. The biggest thing missing from last night's effort was hustle on defense, an area that is most important to Matt Painter and essential for his undersized team to be successful.
An emerging storyline from last night's rivalry game is the apparent bad blood developing between Coach Painter and Coach Sampson. IU's Earl Calloway apparently had some words for Painter after knocking down a three, and Painter told him to stick it up his crimson and cream ass. Also, the handshake between Painter and Sampson at the end of the game wasn't the most cozy encounter. Coach Painter, who is very close with Illinois coach Bruce Weber, no doubt feels the same way as the rest of the Big Ten coaches about Sampson and the way he handled the Eric Gordon situation. Let's just say that it will be very interesting to see what happens in Mackey Arena on Valentine's Day.