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January 30, 2013

Slammed







Listen: Coach Matt Painter | Players A.J. Hammons, Ronnie Johnson and Travis Carroll | Indiana coach Tom Crean

PDF: Purdue-Indiana Box Score

Of all the things Purdue had to do to compete with powerful Indiana Wednesday, the Boilermakers did pretty much none of them.

That, coupled with the fact the Hoosiers are the country's third-ranked team for a reason, led to a loss of historic proportion, a 97-60 final that represented the most one-sided defeat by Purdue ever in West Lafayette, trumping IU's 36-point win in Lambert Fieldhouse in 1954.

Purdue's keys to success against the Hoosiers were many, all of them fairly obvious - whether it was decision-making, rebounding or simply sheer effort - and none them accomplished.

For one thing, the Boilermakers needed to play sound offense and not allow the Hoosiers to feast on transitional opportunities off Purdue turnovers, bad shots or poor decisions.

Indiana scored 97 points - the total was the most Purdue's allowed since it gave up 101 to Kentucky in 1996 and matched Florida State's total from 2005 for the high of the Matt Painter Era - in large part off such Boilermaker miscues, getting into the open floor and leaving Purdue scrambling to catch up.

"They got a lot of points off (our) transition defense, a lot of threes, from people not getting back and finding their man," said point guard Ronnie Johnson, who scored 13 points.

Playing without the composure it needed to in one of its most energized environments of the season, Purdue committed 18 turnovers, matching its second-highest total in a season where turnovers have been a critical worry.

Turnovers and shot selection led directly to the run of nine straight points IU used in the first half to seize a double-digit lead midway through the first.

"When it ends up being 40 points," Painter said, "I don't think it's one sequence that gets you. …You have to give those guys credit. They're a good team and we're not. We play like individuals out there, but also, with that being said, they had a lot to do with it."

Central, though, to the Hoosiers setting the table for a blowout of unprecedented proportion in the modern era was rebounding.

IU gauged Purdue on the offensive glass throughout the first half especially, riding second-chance opportunities to a lead that peaked at 22 just before the halftime buzzer sounded.

"We started to get down on ourselves," center A.J. Hammons said of the first half, "when we should have pulled together."

If there was a sequence where the game completely got away from Purdue, it was this one: As part of the 9-0 Hoosier run that pushed the score to 27-17, Remy Abell scored off an offensive rebound and Will Sheehey dunked after a Ronnie Johnson turnover.

Finally, IU missed a three but rebounded it. The ball found its way to Victor Oladipo in the left corner. He was so open he had a couple seconds to think about it before shooting - and making - the triple that gave Indiana its first double-digit lead. Shortly thereafter, Jordan Hulls made a three after another offensive rebound.

Purdue was outrebounded 39-29. Indiana was credited with 24 "second-chance" points.

"Pretty much they scored off every offensive rebound they got, second and third chances," Ronnie Johnson said. "We have to find a way to get those rebounds and go the other way."

Hammons scored a Purdue season-high 30 points, 21 of them after halftime, and blocked five shots. When he was lost to the bench to his second foul before the under-16 media timeout had even arrived, it looked like a game-changing loss for the Boilermakers, though when all was said and done, it might have only been the difference between getting blown out and getting blown out by a record margin.

In a head-to-head meeting with Indiana All-America big man Cody Zeller, Hammons scored his 30 points in just 28 minutes, making 10-of-14 shots, including a bunch of highlight-reel-worthy dunks.

Zeller had his say in the outcome, though, with 19 points and 11 boards, the big man being the high scorer among five Hoosiers who cracked double-figures. Victor Oladipo scored 17, as did Christian Watford.

Oladipo, the Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Year-in-waiting, made jump shots and seemed to score at will working the baseline, but impacted the game with far more than his scoring.

Purdue leading scorers Terone Johnson and D.J. Byrd combined to score just eight points and attempt merely 10 shots, each of them finishing matching their point totals of four apiece with their turnover totals.

"They just got into them," Painter said. "I thought Oladipo was great. He just didn't an unbelievable job getting into us and not letting our guys do what they wanted to do. And instead of moving the basketball and trying to be patient, we tried to do it all ourselves. In that first half, our guards were just constantly trying to make too many individual plays. We had to be patient and move the ball but they were very good defensively."

After leading by 22 at the halftime, Indiana shot 57 percent and connected on 7-of-10 three-pointers to push its lead into previously uncharted territory on Purdue's home floor.

"We're not competing," Painter said. "A lot of things can go against you, but you have to fight. Rapheal Davis continued to play hard tonight. A.J. Hammons continued to play hard. Dru Anthrop. That's probably about it.

"Outside of that, our guys didn't compete and part of competing is being able to think the game. You have to be tough but you also have to be smart and we have to do a better job with that combination."




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