Heading into Saturday afternoon’s game with the Hoosiers, most Purdue fans just wanted the game to be competitive and pull out a win in the 201st meeting between the in-state rivals. However, in front of over 14,000 fans, Purdue did not do that. Instead, they completely dominated and dismantled a Hoosier team that is headed for a complete dumpster fire of a season. Purdue dominated in almost every facet of the game, at one point not letting the Hoosiers score for nearly fifteen minutes.
Purdue was led by fifth-year senior transfer Sterling Carter, who put on a show for the Mackey crowd. Carter finished with 19 points including five from three-point range. The brothers Johnson of Terone and Ronnie scored 14 and 16, respectively. A surprise to me was that A.J. Hammons was a non-factor in the game. After picking up two early fouls, Hammons was out of commission.
Purdue played Matt Painter type basketball Saturday. They shot 76% from the line, 55% from three point range and 48% from the field. They also held Indiana to 32% from the field. This was all done while also out-rebounding the Hoosiers. Purdue’s defense had Indiana so out of sorts that Indiana was scoreless from the field from 8:05 of the first half until 13:08 of the second half. The only Indiana player that did any damage was Yogi Ferrell with 27 points.
The turning point of the game was with 8 seconds left of the first half. Ferrell missed a three pointer that Basil Smotherman rebounded and drove down the floor to get fouled with 1.9 seconds left. Basil made the first, then missed the second. At that point, the rebound was batted back to Smotherman as he charged to the hoop, laying it in before the halftime horn sounded. This momentum carried to the second half where Cater scored 10 straight to push the game wide open. At the end of the day, the Boilers sent Indiana home with an 82-64 bashing, reminding the Hoosiers that they might have won 4 straight, but Purdue stills OWNS to series 113-88
|Piggy-back rides! Photo courtesy of J&C|
This was the team I thought Purdue had the chance to be all year - better late than never I suppose. I’m hoping that this team has a taste for how Painter wants to play basketball and the success that comes with it. It’s no time for a letdown for our Boilermakers - they play 5 of the top 6 B1G teams during their last 5 games. Time to make a push towards to end of the season, and it all starts with an angry Michigan State team coming to town, who recently lost to Nebraska. Right now Boilermaker fans we cheer the beat down of the Hoosiers and look forward to Sparty.
|He seems upset, was legitimately worried he was going to have a stroke|