ScoopTalk: Because it’s Indiana-Purdue

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  • Geoff #1

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 11:23 PM EDT

    This is as good a place to say it as any… I can’t stand Archie Goodwin.

    May be my least favorite college player ever. Unaccomplished player on a mediocre team who mean mugs and gesticulates after every basket he makes regardless of its importance or difficulty.

    Plus he plays on Kentucky.

  • KevinK #2

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:04 AM EDT

    Nice analysis guys. Thanks.

    Indiana surely knows the best team doesn’t always win. Hope we r intense tonight. I expect a great game. This is probably the biggest game of the year for the boilers?

    Who do they have that can guard VO? Nada.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Punjab #3

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 8:19 AM EDT

    Sitting at work last night, I realized that this feels like the most anticlimactic, least anticipated IU-Purdue game I can remember. Can anybody else ever recall a time when we referred to a matchup with the Boilers as a potential “trap game?” I’m sure our neighbors up in Lafayette don’t see it that way.

  • Florida Hoosier Girl #4

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 3:15 PM EDT

    So worried that the Hoosiers will overlook P.U.! Had a nightmare last night that they did and they lost. Hope they are not looking past them!

  • Bart295 #5

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:07 PM EDT

    Some comments of Painter stating the obvious…except for the power forward comment…not sure what he has been smoking!!!

    Painter said that Zeller, who averages 16 points and 8.1 rebounds a game, is more of a power forward, while Hammons is a true low-post player.

    “It’s different,” Painter said. “There’s got to be some adjustments for A.J. playing against a guy like Cody, because Cody can do so many things. A.J. can learn from Cody Zeller to stay on an even keel, play hard and play to your strengths.”

    While this will be the first Purdue-IU game for at least four Boilermakers, Painter hasn’t focused on the rivalry element in preparations.

    “We really don’t talk about it much,” Painter said. “We’re trying to focus on the differences in terms of playing Indiana vs. other opponents. Indiana is a high-octane offensive team. They can put a lot of points on the board, so it’s very important that you try your best to keep them out of transition and keep them off the glass and not allow them to drive the ball or get the ball inside whenever they want.

    “When they get the ball in the sweet spot, their scorers are very, very good. For us, it’s our guys keeping their poise.”

    Purdue’s Terone Johnson expects to see lots of Oladipo tonight.

    “He is really athletic,” said Terone Johnson, who expects to be guarded by Oladipo. “Not only that, he plays hard for 40 minutes. That’s something we do here at Purdue. It’s something you have to respect.”

    Painter has lots of respect for Oladipo.

    “He is a very good player who affects the game at both ends of the court,” Painter said. “He is a great defensive player and a great offensive rebounder. He has put in a lot of time on his game.

    “He has shot the ball well from 3. He does a lot of the little things and brings a lot of energy. He is a valuable piece to what they do.”

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