IUFLA Posted February 1 Report Share Posted February 1 (edited) When: Saturday, February 4th 4:00 pm EST Where: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana TV: ESPN Purdue comes to town as the #1 team in the nation at 21-1 (10-1 in Big Ten Play, but they do have a game tonight vs Penn State in West Lafayette). Matt Painter is in his 18th year for the Bolier (405-193 .677) Led by National and Big 10 PoY candidate Zach Edey. Edey gets the ball inside 8 feet from the hoop, you can pretty much count it. Not flashy at all, just workman-like and efficient. Their freshmen guards, Fletcher Loyer and Braeden Smith have been pleasant surprises for them. Loyer shoots the 3 at a 36% clip, while Smith shoots it at a lower volume, but a 42% success rate. Both will dribble drive on you too if they see a lane. No one else shoots the 3 over 34%. Caleb Furst (7 ppg) and defensive specialist Ethan Morton round out the starting 5. They Boilers are also pretty deep, with 9 players in double digit minutes per game. Brandon Newman, Mason Gillis, Trey Kaufman-Renn and transfer David Jenkins at his 4th school ( South Dakota State, UNLV, Utah) are a good bench. Only Edey, Loyer, and Smith average 30 MPG. Tough matchup for us, but I think we have a good chance here. At home, and you know this will probably be the most raucous crowd of the year. Edey's a tough cover, but I think Trayce can step up and match him. I think Fletcher Loyer is made for Trey Galloway, and we'll see how Smith deals with a bigger, more physical freshman PG in JHS. Morton and Kopp are kinda mirror images of each other on the defensive end though Kopp is a much more reliable shooter from the arc. Race will cover Furst. Edey will probably get his. He is a good passer out of the double team, and will find the open shooters. We have to check him off of the offensive boards and not let him get putbacks. Purdue as a team is #1 in the conference in offensive rebounds. And we cannot let guys like Furst, Gillis, Newman or Jenkins kill us by getting clean looks from deep. None are deadly from 3, but they can hit them. And we MUST keep them off the offensive boards. They also foul the least of any team in the Big 10...Or so they say . #1 in ORtg, and #4 in DRtg. We have our work cut out for us, but I think just like last year, it'll be a battle to the end. Go Hoosiers! Edited February 1 by IUFLA 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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