There isn't much to take away from this game other than IU is very good and the Boilermakers are not. Purdue will have a good team in the future. The Boilers have a very good coach in Matt Painter and an equally talented team, but they lack maturity and drive.
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the game, we need to look at the injury to Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo appeared to roll his ankle late in the first half. He did not check back into the game, but appeared ready to do so. He came back to the court after a lengthy visit with the trainer, went to a stationary bike for a bit, then sat by the coaches (where players who are about to check in sit), but was never told to return to play.
Oladipo not returning could have been for a number of reasons. It was clear that his services on the court were not needed and the coaching staff kept him out to prevent further injury or the injury is more severe than the team is letting on. I tend to go with the former. His teammates said that he was fine, but Tom Crean was a bit more pessimistic.
Oladipo is officially listed as day-to-day. My gut tells that he plays on Tuesday against Michigan State, but his mobility could be an issue (more on that tomorrow).
Here's what we can take away from the Purdue game:
- Cody Zeller is a silent assassin. He finished with 19 points, but someone watching the game would have never guessed he had so many points. What stood out to me was the two blocks and a steal. While Zeller is a solid defender, you would like to see more from him. He should be averaging two or three blocks per game based on his size alone.
- Will Sheehey is not a silent assassin. He is more of a blunt weapon who beats his opponent about the head. His career-high of 22-points really picked up the slack while Oladipo was out with an injury. He was also solid defensively. If Oladipo can't play on Tuesday, Sheehey is going to have to put in another big performance.
- Jeremy Hollowell if finally starting to develop. Most of his production has been on the defensive end, but if you know anything about basketball then you know that everything starts on defense (just look at Christian Watford). He needs to find his offense, but if he continues to improve it could put IU over the edge in terms of talent and depth.
- Crean has a .500 record as head coach at IU now. Crean now boasts a 78-78 record. It is especially impressive considering that IU won just 16 games in his first two seasons. The fact that Crean achieved a winning record against Purdue (whose fans refer to him as "Clappy the Clown") is just icing on the cake.
Indiana did what is was supposed to do against an inferior opponent: dominate them. The Hoosiers are in the drivers seat of the Big Ten, but have a big test on Tuesday when they head up to East Lansing to face Michigan State.
We'll have a preview of Tuesday's game up tomorrow.
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