Saturday, January 27, 2007

Purdue Stays Perfect At Home

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.