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Purdue coach worries about what could have happened

When Wisconsin's Joe Krabbenhoft leveled freshman Lewis Jackson with his now-infamous open-court screen Tuesday night in Madison, Matt Painter's view of the play was obstructed.
And so, immediately after the game, the Purdue coach's reaction was merely to gently admonish his team for not calling the screen out, so that Jackson would have known what was coming.
While pressuring the ball around midcourt, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Jackson was blind-sided, knocked hard to the floor by the 6-7, 220-pound Krabbenhoft, who replays clearly showed throw a forearm into the Boilermaker guard.
Though replays showed an official with his eyes fixed directly on the play from the near sideline, no foul was called; Jackson was slow to get up and left the game shortly thereafter. He did return later.
"He got a good shot on me," Jackson said after the game. "It's the Big Ten. You have to expect that kind of thing."
Painter, upon further review, though, would hope not.
After reviewing the play, the Purdue coach expressed concern over the egregious foul and what came of it, or rather, what didn't come of it.
"After seeing it," Painter said Thursday, "that was easily a foul. There was no question it should have been a foul. That's an easy statement to make.
"It bothers me when there's no foul called and one of our guys gets his bell rung and could have been seriously hurt. It was an obvious foul. And the official was on top of it. ... If he's out of position and misses it, that's one thing. But when you're in position and staring right at it, and you miss something like that, that's a concern, because you don't want it to happen to the next guy down the line."
"My concern is what could have happened there."
Painter said he always worries about his team's vulnerability to open-court screens because of how the Boilermakers pressure opposing ball-handlers end to end.
"They absolutely have to be 100-percent legal with the way we pressure the basketball," Painter said. "That was a foul. They were on top of it and it didn't get called. It has to get called. Hopefully, the next time, it does, because he could have gotten hurt."
When asked if Purdue would present a complaint to the Big Ten, or to Wisconsin, Painter quickly responded, "I'm not going to get into all that."
"You're asking me to comment on things that have to be handled by other people," Painter said. "It's not my place."
Despite the play, Painter said his opinion of Krabbenhoft, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick who was honored in 2006 for his commitment to community service, hasn't changed for the worse.
"One play doesn't define a guy," Painter said. "The whole body of work defines who you are."
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