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Christian Watford and Derek Elston watch the end of Indiana’s 74-55 loss to Purdue on Wednesday. David Snodgress | Herald-Times
Indiana simply could not keep pace with a Purdue team amped by a senior night celebration for its energy source Chris Kramer, and lost 74-55 Thursday night.
Mackey Arena was loud and the Boilermakers, still dealing with the loss of star player Robbie Hummel to an ACL tear, were poised.
The Hoosiers, who have lost 11 in a row, too often were tissue-thin on defense. That, combined with streaky shooting and an inability to score from the paint, made it an untenable match up.
Indiana coach Tom Crean summed up the situation quite succinctly in his post-game press conference.
“We’re a soft basketball team right now,” he said.
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Indiana guard Jordan Hulls dives for a loose ball and, in the process, into the first row of fans. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
It seems to us based on some very unscientific surveying that as much as you may all hate Purdue, you’ve developed some begrudging respect for the Boilermakers based on the way they play. They are still the enemy, but they’re unselfish, and they play offense and defense the way you like to see it and the way a guy who used to wear a red sweater all the time used to coach it. The same could be said for Butler, and as much as it kills you to have that much respect for a team that not long ago was one of the weak stepsisters of the state, you sort of wish Indiana played like the Bulldogs do.
We’d like to get a better idea as to whether this is actually true, and if it is, we’d like to attempt to do a story on it. Feel free to write your opinions on the blog (please be civil) and if you’d be comfortable about speaking about it on the record (using your real name, of course) for a story, or know anyone who would, send me an e-mail at [email protected] with contact information.
Maybe we’re totally off-base with this, but we think it would be an interesting topic of discussion. Let’s see where it goes.
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