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5 keys to Purdue's loss to Indiana

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Boilermakers didn't work, compete after opening minutes

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:49 am

1. Foul trouble

Purdue had just one player that demonstrated the ability to be on the same court as Indiana and that was freshman center A.J. Hammons. However, when he picked up his second foul just 4:01 into the game, the Boilermakers' chances of hanging with the No. 3 Hoosiers diminished considerably.

2. Foul trouble of a different sort

Boilermaker fans were quick to point out the disparate number of free throws shot by the teams (17-4 in favor of Indiana) in the first half. However, that margin wasn't due to questionable officiating, it was due to lackadaisical defense by Purdue. The Boilermaker defenders either couldn't - or wouldn't - get in position to defend properly and continually fouled the Indiana players while in the act of shooting.

3. Lack of heart

Don't take my word on it that many of the Purdue players gave up, take their coach's word. Matt Painter pointed out that freshmen Rapheal Davis and A.J. Hammons and senior Dru Anthrop were the only players that he felt continued to play hard throughout the game. The Boilermakers' allowing Indiana to shoot 57 percent from the floor in the second half is indicative of that.

4. Lack of a four-man

Purdue has employed 6-foot-5 Davis at the power forward position for much of the Big Ten season and it has worked in a lot of cases. However, the Boilermakers had no answer at controlling Indiana's 6-foot-9 Christian Watford. The senior forward hit 5 of his 7 shots and finished with 17 points. Davis was too small and Donnie Hale and Travis Carroll couldn't slow Watford either.

5. Stars shaded

Purdue's top scorers, D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson, were stymied by a tenacious Indiana defense. The two perimeter players entered the game averaging a combined 24 points, but the Hoosiers held the duo to just eight total points on 3 of 10 shooting.