Penn State—Purdue Preview
One last go in the regular season. We’ll get to what this season could have been later, but right now we’ve got to go through the motions one more time before we get to the Big Ten Tournament. In case you haven’t been paying attention, as in, living under a Big Ten rock, Purdue is playing without their star Robbie Hummel for the rest of the season. That being said, while Hummel might get the most national attention, he is really only one of many players on the Boilermakers team that can play ball. Hummel’s absence will help the Lion’s chances, but they will have their hands plenty full with the likes of E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson.
Beating Purdue isn’t difficult to figure out, just hard to execute. Purdue plays physical, sound defensive basketball. While their offense isn’t too shabby with the inside-outside combo of Johnson, Moore and Hummel, they make their money (so to speak) playing defense.
So how do you beat a defensively sound team? Share the ball, be patient, and do your best to take high percentage shots.It is pretty much basketball 101, but sometimes this team needs to remember to just stick to the basics. As much as Penn State will need Talor to do his usual thing, he’ll need to be sure not to rely on his one bad habit of confusing taking over the game with taking bad shots.
Scoring distribution will be key, if Penn State is able to get scoring from 4-6 players like they have in their wins in later part of the Big Ten season, they will have a good chance to win. Purdue isn’t going to amaze you with their offense, so guys like Jeff Brooks will be critical to keeping the game close. If they can score with relative efficiency they’ll have a chance to pull his one out. I feel like I’m channeling my inner John Madden stating the obvious on this post.
Have no fear though. If Penn State loses, we can rest well knowing that we aren’t as cool as this guy.