Friday, January 13, 2012
Late for class
The inability to successfully put together a complete game by the Boilers doomed large again.
Before fans could even take off their winter coats, Wisconsin had seemingly won the game. No more than ten minutes into the game Purdue was down eighteen points.
During the non-conference portion of its schedule, Purdue couldn't close out games, blowing big leads to both Xavier and Butler.
But more recently, Purdue has struggled to do the exact opposite. In its 20-point loss to Penn State, Purdue came out lethargic and unprepared. Although they played poorly for the entire game (except for a small run), it lost because of the first ten minutes and how they came out of the gate.
Against Wisconsin it was more of the same. Purdue came out soft and got hit in the mouth.
Not sure who this all falls on. Matt Painter's job is to prepare this team, but it is also the players job to go out and do it. The seniors need to do a better job of getting this team ready to play. The way they can do that is to lead by example. That's what leaders do. Hummel, Smith and Jackson all have to come out with more emotion and hustle to start the game.
It is concerning that this team struggles to start and finish games. That's not a good recipe for winning basketball games.