Sunday, March 03, 2013

Painter Owns Wisky at the Kohl yet again: 69-56

About midway through the first half, Painter burned two timeouts in an effort to simply stop the bleeding.  Purdue had let Wisconsin's lead grow from three points to eight to double digits...but the timeouts didn't work.  It felt familiar...Purdue's defense wasn't enough; Wisconsin was getting open looks...and Purdue couldn't keep up. Bo's Badger's extended the lead out to 12 and held it right around there for a few minutes until Byrd and TJohn got into their groove and made it interesting.

Our pal James, AKA Panda was made the trip yesterday to Madison as he's in his last semester in God's country...so he wanted to soak up one extra game in person.  He's a good fan.  I can't say I was of the same mind.  My family wanted to go get lunch after church, so I obliged...and figured I'd miss some of the game, but wasn't too bothered by that.  I sat my DVR remotely and listened to Cliz between stops.  For the second time this season, I made a bad decision by not deciding to watch the entire game.

By the time I got to a TV, it was around five minutes into the second half. Purdue had fought back into the game...and nearly had the lead...with Byrd and TJohn's help, Purdue was stunning the 17th ranked Badgers and the Kohl Center crowd.  Byrd hit a few threes...then TJohn got hot and suddenly Purdue was in control.  RonJohn got involved as he facilitated and fed Byrd and his brother...and Marcius became an absolute mother on the glass.  With 10:00 left, Purdue was in the driver's seat with a seven point lead...and they looked like they belonged in the lead.
Winning is fun.
One thing we know is when Byrd is on, Purdue generally plays well...and when TJohn is shooting well, Purdue at least has some offensive flow.  Both happened today, and Purdue looked like a different team than the one that got slugged around by Iowa earlier this week.

With the sub .500 Boilers actually playing basketball, Wisconsin's team got nervous and felt the pressure...so they took quick threes and made few of them.  When Purdue needed rebounds or points, Juniors TJohn and Marcius and Senior Byrd did what upper classmen are supposed to do: delivered.  RayDay also had a few clutch boards.

It wasn't all roses down the stretch though- RonJohn missed four straight free throws before he figured out that it'd be best not to have the ball in his hands in the closing minutes.  And his brother dribbled into the corner against a full court trap and booted it out of bounce.  But it didn't matter.  Purdue won, and did so going away.

Wisconsin needed a victory to stay in the B1G hunt...and Purdue effectively knocked them out of contention (you're welcome, Teflon Tommy as well as the Forehead).  Sadly, Purdue has been relegated to the role of Spoiler...and while I hate the moniker, it surely is applicable, Matty's boys were Spoilermakers this afternoon.

Bo Ryan has lost about 11 games in the last 100 at the Kohl Center...and three of those losses have come by the cold, calculated hand of Matty Painter.  Painter is Wisconsin's kryptonite, at least in Madison.
Fightin' Sandi was a difference maker at Kohl.
Painter continued with the premise of playing the guys who looked like they worked...so Marcius played more minutes, especially down the stretch, than Hammons. He finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Byrd led all scorers with 22 points (tying his season high; Clemson) and added 8 rebounds...TJohn had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ronnie had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists...and only two TOs.  RayDay only had 3 points...but grabbed 7 key rebounds.

Purdue's woes from the free throw line continued- they shot under 65% from the line; better than many games this season...but typically not well-enough to help a team pull an upset on the road in the B1G.

BUT, and this is a big one, Purdue shot the lights out from behind the arc; they went 6-12...or should I say, Byrd went 6-for-9...and the rest of the team went 0-for-3. Regardless of how you slice it, Purdue's shooting from the field won the game...they also shot 45% from the rest of the court.  They also controlled the glass versus the big, mostly-white and red-headed beasts from the tundra of the Northern US.

Purdue shot well, played solid and beat Wisconsin at their game...and in doing so, they kept the faint glimmer of the NIT flickering.  Next up, the Forces of Good play on Wednesday at Mackey versus UM...who, after licking their wounds from the upset of the college basketball season at the hands of lowly Penn State, got a much-needed win v. MSU in Ann Arbor last night. As Keady always said, it's not who you play, but when you play them.

Purdue needs to get back to .500 to play in the NIT.  I'm the first one to say the NIT is really an inconsequential event...but, with Purdue having a bit of a heartbeat and a ton of youth on the roster, the more games they play, the better they'll be next year...and playing in a tournament atmosphere, even the NIT, is never a bad thing for a young team.  Part of me thinks we won't know the importance of this game for a year or so...the other part of me is kinda ready for this season to be over.  That said, I'd love to see Byrd play six or seven more games like this one...and more than that, love seeing my Boilers play team basketball and have a good time while doing it.  Upsetting teams along the way is just a byproduct of doing things the right way.

Choo choo, muthas.

7 comments:

zlionsfan said...

Purdue has wins in Madison against Ryan's Badgers in 2008, 2009, and 2013. Wisconsin was #8 going into the 2008 game; the unranked Badgers lost by a point to #16 Purdue in 2009; and of course we know about these teams.

It's Purdue's biggest win at Wisconsin since a 75-42 thrashing was applied in 1996 ... but for NCAA purposes, it's the biggest win since my junior year, an 84-56 pounding by the team that earned a #1 tournament seed. (They beat Wisconsin 86-62 in West Lafayette that season; the 1995-96 team that vacated their win only played Wisconsin once.)

strawmy57 said...

RayD also stopped Evans in the 2nd half. I have never seen a Wisky team that rattled at any point in any game ever. 3 missed wide open layups, 5 terrible 3s with a couple airballs. 7 2nd half TOs. Super Johnson Bros. got what they wanted far too long. Sandi got around the Co-Big ten leading dhot blocker, twice. Any one of those things happening is surprising. All of the above? Almost impossible.

boilerdowd said...

Agreed, 57...Bo Ryan-coached teams don't do what we saw last night during the B1G season; I think they didn't think Purdue had it in them to play with them and were simply shell-shocked.

ZL; thanks for the fact-checking; I always appreciate that.

zlionsfan said...

Happy to help ... especially when we get to talk about beating Wisconsin. (grrr 2000)

To put this in context ... Ryan's Wisconsin teams were 166-15 at home coming into the season, so 181-18 through Sunday (yeah, 3 home losses in a season - including Virginia?? - is unusual for Wisconsin; 7 of those 18 losses came last season and this season). Purdue and Illinois are the only teams to have won 3 teams in Madison against Ryan; Marquette and Michigan State (twice each) are the only other teams to have beaten him more than once at home. Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Penn State are winless against him in Madison.

Other strange things:
-- Wisconsin has been perfect at home under Ryan three times: 2003-04, 2006-07, and 2010-11. The last time, they were one of three Big Ten teams to go unbeaten at home (Purdue and Ohio State were the others).
-- In 2007-08, Wisconsin beat Purdue by a game for the conference title despite being swept by the Good Guys: they didn't lose to any other Big Ten teams.

PU03 said...

Just once I thought you might sign off with, "Choo(ch) Choo(ch), muthas."

Plang said...

Two people are work are Wisconsin grads. All I had to do was look at them today. They hung their heads in shame.

Hail Purdue, you muthas.

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