Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's Payback Time

Matt Painter and his Boilers will certainly be looking for some revenge tomorrow night when they host their rivals to the south. Couple that with the fact that Purdue absolutely needs this game to get an invite to the big dance, and you have all the makings of a heated rivalry game.

When Purdue was blown out at Assembly Hall earlier this season, IU guard Earl Calloway gave Coach Painter some trash talk after burying a three. Much was made about this, and the fact that Sampson did nothing to discipline his player. As much as Painter says its not a big deal, by the looks of the following David Teague quote, it certainly is.
"Calloway was a little disrespectful down there in Bloomington, and we haven't forgotten about that," said Teague, when asked if he hopes the Purdue student section picks up on it. "All you can do is take it out on the court and try to prove who the best team is and who has the most character and the most class. Trash talk among players, that's part of the game. Sometimes, it's even fun. But when you cross the line and talk trash to a coach, there's no reason for that and no place for that, no matter what the situation is. It's the ultimate sign of disrespect."
Purdue HAS to get to 20 regular season wins if they hope to make the NCAA tournament. They would get there by winning at Northwestern and holding serve at home against IU, Northwestern, & Minnesota. That would put the Boilers at 20-10 (9-7) and in prime position for a dance ticket. The first step is to get some revenge against the hated Hoosiers and their dirty coach tomorrow night at Mackey, as Landry certainly doesn't want to go winless against the Hoosiers for his career.