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December 18, 2012
Its 4-6 record aside, Purdue says it knows it's a good team.
Against Ball State Tuesday night in Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers will have a chance to show they're taking a step toward proving it.
"We have good talent, but I've said we can have a young team, but we can't have an immature team," Coach Matt Painter said, repeating a familiar refrain for an out-of-town reporter this week. "We just have an immature team. A lot of guys just haven't been through it before. But the guys who have been through it haven't played up to their abilities. They haven't given us that consistency that we need. It's really been contagious as a group in terms of just being accountable and carrying out your assignment."
That said, Painter hopes the light can still suddenly come on for his team, as he chalks its issues up more to "discipline" than he does youth.
The first step is limiting turnovers, the greatest the Boilermakers' vulnerabilities thus far in 2012-13.
"We have to start presenting data to the coaching staff so we can make decisions on what we're going to do by just taking care of the basketball and see where it takes us," Painter said. "We've yet to do that. If we can do that, I think we can be a pretty good team."
Freshman Rapheal Davis gave Purdue a lift in its loss to No. 22 Notre Dame Saturday in Indianapolis, scoring 21 second half points.
Painter was asked if Davis might start against Ball State.
"That's really not of any importance to me," Painter said. "I'm just trying to figure out what's best for our team and who's finishing games more than who starts. Just getting consistent play from everybody is the most important thing for me."
(And we're guessing.)
G: Terone Johnson
G: Ronnie Johnson
F: D.J. Byrd
F: Jacob Lawson
C: A.J. Hammons
G: Jesse Berry (6-2, 192, Jr.)
G: Jauwan Scaife (6-2, 204, Sr.)
F: Chris Bond (6-4 195, Jr.)
F: Majok Majok (6-9, 245, Jr.)
C: Zach Fields (6-10, 269, Sr.)
Berry, the Cardinals' leading scorer, is from Lafayette Jeff. He originally signed with Dayton out of high school before landing in Muncie Power forward Majok Majok, a junior college transfer, averages a double-double at 12.9 points and 11.1 boards. the Cardinals will be playing their second game against a Big Ten team, previously losing 101-53 at Indiana. Ball State shoots just 27 percent from three-point range. Weird: Ball State just played the same team two straight games, beating South Dakota in Muncie, then in South Dakota, the two games being a week apart.
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Game time: 7 p.m.
Radio: Purdue Sports Network (95.7 FM locally)
Internet: GoldandBlack.com subscribers can follow along live with our in-game blog, "Game Day Live."
Things to think about
1. Can Rapheal Davis carry over his second-half show from the Notre Dame game, during which he went for 21 points in the game's final 10-and-a-half minutes.
2. Ball State will play big at times. If Purdue has to, will it go small to create matchups that might get its offense going. Majok can't guard Davis or Byrd on the perimeter, the same way they'd have a hard time guarding him around the basket.
3. Can the Boilermakers get back to their rebounding dominance against a physically imposing pair of big men? Ball State's interior tandem obviously isn't as good as what Notre Dame had, but at least it's big.
4. Will Donnie Hale play after sitting out the ND game with a leg injury? If he does play, how much?
GoldandBlack.com Prediction: Stock comment: Purdue badly needs a win. Provided it rebounds well and can avoid more prolonged runs of offensive futility, it should leave no doubt in this one.
Purdue 70, Ball State 58
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