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.