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@SkekTek That's a fun, creative thought...Coach Painter to Tennessee for Zo + $1mil (for CMP's buyout)? Maybe throw in a 2016 second round pick?
NBA draft humor? *taps mic* Anyone?
1 week, 4 days ago on RIP season: Purdue loses at Nebraska, 76-57
@Wilson06 I see where you're coming from with those frustrations, but that box out was an issue of communication. If Davis is convinced he's immediately sprinting up the floor, he has to let TJ know. Likewise, TJ should know that he should always default to the shooter. That complete lack of communication is on both RayD and TJ.
@PurdueMatt Re: 1) Yep, I was trying to say that Peck knows the Purdue/IU history, while there's no reason for Carter to understand it.
Re: 2) He's stepped right into a captain's position, has been our most active wing player during Big Ten season (along with Smotherman), has stepped into a starting role, and has been the catalyst for 3 of our 5 Big Ten wins. He also has this signature performance in the IU game, which is always the biggest game of the year and (unfortunately) looks to be the peak of this otherwise-underwhelming year.
What I was trying to say was that this 'journeyman' student athlete finally has a program to call home...and it's the place he only spent 9 months. That's how powerful a great performance against IU can be in the memories of Purdue fans.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on This is how a West Coast transfer cements himself in Purdue history
@SpankyJ Re: RJ -- indecisiveness with the ball, impatience as a play is developing (especially on high screen and rolls), apparently-mediocre basketball IQ (taking those damn long two pointers), and, when he does decide to attack the basket, putting on blinders and rarely glancing at his often-open teammates. The frustrating part is that RJ can be a brilliant playmaker, and has Jason Williams-lite ability to dazzle in the open floor. RJ just has to be a little smarter and a little more patient, especially when he's running the offense.
For those of you who have no idea who J Will aka White Chocolate is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ggcQ58K-g
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Triple OT Fun in W. La La leads to VICTORY!!!
@SpankyJ Completely agree with your assessments of Minny (definitely looked better after getting Hollins back), Purdue's effort in the 3rd OT, TJ's improving defense, Hammons, Kid Stephens, Peck, and Davis. Good, concise summaries there.
But...a few disagreements. That Simpson jumper was huge, but it was a terrible shot. Like, horrendous. I think he was actively trying to give me an aneurysm by flaring out to the perimeter after setting a cross screen. He has such skill in the post, and with his streaky jumper he doesn't need to hang out a step inside the arc (especially in crunch time).
RJ's numbers were surprisingly great, but his work as a 'floor general' needs to improve. I didn't think he had as great of a game as his numbers suggest (aside from his rebounding efforts, which were great).
Speaking of our point guard situation, Bryson has been very mediocre during Big Ten season. Lots of garbage time stats, with the rest of his playing time filled with turnovers. Today might have been his best defensive game during conference play, but he's got a lot of work to do offensively.
Please...just no more long two pointers. That's all I ask.
@BoilerVision '10-'11 wasn't a debacle at all, and it's slightly revisionist history to think so. The end of season loss at Iowa (and the subsequent losses to MSU and VCU) make that season seem worse than a very successful run, when we finished second in the Big Ten. We absolutely left some potential on the table, but that VCU scheme is clearly special.
'11-'12 fulfilled every reasonable expectation you could possibly have for a team which lost two legitimate All-Americans and brought no impact recruits (the recruiting part is absolutely the coaching staff's fault, as I've said for a while now). Nobody expected that team to bring the eventual runner-up Kansas team as close to elimination as they got, but Rob, Lew, and Ryne did.
'12-'13 was a complete reboot, with zero true experienced leaders on the squad (again, the lack of prior recruiting is on CMP and his staff). But, even then, last year's B10 was the strongest in a solid decade and Purdue still finished with a respectable 8-10 conference record (nonconference killed us last year).
This year is when problems begin, but like I said above...which players have separated themselves? Who has given the coaching staff a reason to trust them? Hammons (most of the time), Peck (sometimes)...and...umm...maybe the inexperienced Smotherman? The inconsistent Davis or Carter? Definitely not the boom-or-bust RJ or Scott. And not the inefficient TJ or one-dimensional (and out of shape) Simpson. The players have to separate themselves sooner or later.
1 month ago on Player apathy takes over as Purdue falls at Penn State, 79-68
@PurdueMatt Not meant to be confrontational, but what would your 8 man rotation be? Currently, we're giving PT to Hammons, RJ, TJ, Smotherman, Davis, Stephens, Scott, Peck, Carter, Simpson, and Carroll (and Toyra, recently). Out of those 11 (take Toyra out), who are you going to cut? Who has separated themselves? It's easy to say that Painter should trim his lineup, but it's tough to be sure of who to cut.
@hoffdaddy83 aah i forgot about it...pretty much assume it was groggy AJ.
1 month, 1 week ago on One good half isn't enough: Purdue falls to Wisconsin 72-58
@zlionsfan Time to get SportVU in Mackey, methinks.
@zlionsfan Those transition numbers are really interesting...early in the season, we were feasting off of steals or long offensive rebounds leading to fast breaks. Since that bad Christmas stretch, I've noticed a huge reduction in the number of possessions they've pushed the ball, and an increase in fast break turnovers or point-blank misses.
@FaisalAlKhalidi Thanks for the kind words!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Video Breakdown: Self-Flagellation -- Grading the final 17 possessions of the Purdue-Penn State comeback win
@BoilerBloodline SwatKing Abdul Jabar is so incomprehensibly amazing. Like, "I want to tattoo it to my naval like 2Pac's Thug Life" amazing. I wish I could give you a trophy for this.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monster Hammons and the Boilers best Illinois, 66-58
@boilerfan1234 Yeah I saw that, but it seems to lack some oomph. I do enjoy ham puns, though.
@thoover60 Thanks for the kind words! Hopefully they do a good job for people who might have missed a game or two, or someone who wants a refresher. My (new) twitter handle is @aneeshswamy.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Video Breakdown: Holiday Edition
@Boiler77 Thanks, I really appreciate the kind words.
I think that our views on hand-check fouls are clouded by 1) that awful OK State game and 2) how Matt Painter teaches (or, used to teach) perimeter defense. Refs usually place an emphasis on rule changes early in the season. As we get deeper into the year, I'm sure both our coaching staff and the refs will get used to the new rules. The last two games have been much better. And I'm sure Wisconsin and MSU fans have similar complains.
The bunched sets are definitely something I've noticed these last two years. Hammons is Painter's first potentially dominant post center, so this year I've noticed we're running a lot fewer motion sets than the Moore/Hummel/JJ days. Our scheme now revolves around the post man attracting double teams, which create driving lanes or open perimeter looks. But proper spacing is a huuuuge part of this strategy, and Ronnie/Terone/Simpson often fall into the "just stand there while someone else has the ball" mentality.
3 months ago on Video Breakdowns: Old Spice Classic (with a slice of optimism)
Thanks so much for this article. I'm a die-hard Pacers fan, putting myself through grad school at Purdue (1 hour north of Indy) and for the last two years I have scraped enough money to get a mini-package for Pacers games (11 home games a year). Ticket package, gas to drive down, and dinner for two. It really makes me sick to hear the same excuses (recession, bad team, hangover from the Brawl/Reggie's retirement, blah blah blah)...I never heard that BS while my Colts lost 14 straight games to sold out stadiums. The team is a fast-paced, young, energetic and highly talented bunch. They are all very high-character guys. They are winning. The brawl was 8 years ago, Reggie retired 7 years ago. It's time the city got over who the Pacers were, and love the group they are. Because if they don't...I know Seattle/Kansas City/Louisville would kill for a pro basketball team. The players on the team are disappointed in the city and the fans, and they should be. I sure am.
1 year, 11 months ago on An Open Letter to Indianapolis