With simply over 4:00 to play in the second half WVU had reduce the lengthy-standing Purdue lead right down to single digits, as little as 4 truly, and the lead continued to seesaw up a number of factors right here and there. WVU had the ball with the shot clock winding down, however driving to the lane towards Zach Edey is not a straightforward factor. Edey put his lengthy arms up and blocked it. Braden Smith, a real freshman I’d remind you, went after the free ball and swatted it in direction of the alternative finish of the courtroom. With the shot clock winding down Fletcher Loyer gave chase however could not save the ball in time. Instead it went out of bounds off Purdue. West Virginia would have only one second remaining on the shot clock and must take out the ball from beneath the Purdue basket. They wouldn’t be capable to rating.
I harp on this possession as a result of it is so emblematic of the way in which that Purdue will play this 12 months. So a lot hustle. Purdue noticed three completely different gamers make hustle performs right here that resulted in a shot clock violation and Purdue possession. It was lovely. The Purdue crowd in Portland, Oregon on the Phil Knight Legacy event gave the staff a standing ovation after this instance of hustle play. I will not say this is able to solely be proud of Purdue followers but it surely actually is a staple of Purdue fandom to understand this kind of soiled work and hustle play.
John Wooden Memorial Player of the Game (JWMPOTG): I attempt to give this out for each sport wrap I write which with Casey over at Boiler Upload is perhaps extra this season. Expect to get a big dose of Zach Edey right here. Even when his pictures do not at all times look good he nonetheless dominates the sport. He was a pressure on protection altering pictures and blocking the aforementioned shot. Overall Edey continued his stellar play by ending with 24 factors and 12 rebounds to associate with going 10-12 on the free throw line. What a sport by the massive man. He continues to fulfill each problem Painter is throwing at him. Honorable point out goes to Mason Gillis for his regular hustle and his 2-3 capturing from deep.
We all knew this West Virginia staff would give Purdue issues, they usually did. A younger Purdue staff that depends on two freshman guards was probably going to commit lots of turnovers towards a gifted and quick WVU squad. Purdue did in reality flip it over 18 instances however what may shock you is that the 2 beginning freshman guards dedicated simply three of these. The JWMPOTG had six. Committing 18 turnovers wasn’t the one drawback Purdue had that stored WVU in this sport. Purdue additionally allowed 15 offensive rebounds. These two stats mixed have been sufficient to stop Purdue from pulling away.
Purdue’s lead hovered round 10 factors for a lot of the sport with a number of probabilities to place the sport out of attain falling quick on account of turnovers or offensive rebounds by the Mountaineers. It was an ideal check for a younger squad. Mike Tyson as soon as stated that everybody had a plan till they acquired punched in the mouth and whereas it isn’t essentially the most elegant expression it is actually true. Purdue acquired punched in the mouth (metaphorically talking) a pair instances in this sport however at all times discovered a solution to soak up the blow, whether or not that be by way of a Mason Gillis three, a Zach Edey bucket, or a hustle play on protection and punch again. The lead might need dropped to 4 in the second half but it surely by no means really felt like Purdue had let something slip away. There was a way, not less than to me, that Purdue would reply.
That to me is crucial factor to return out of this sport. Sure it was good to see a Brandon Newman hit some pictures and certain it was good to see Caleb Furst and TKR have good video games as nicely, however finally this staff’s response is what (*68*) bear in mind.
Couple extra issues price noting right here and because it’s late we’re gonna do it quick. First, Braden Smith goes to be an issue for lots of opponents and also you noticed that tonight as Stevenson dedicated a silly flagrant 1 out of frustration that gave Purdue two pictures (Smith made them each) and the ball at a time when WVU desperately wanted stops. Second, Purdue took care of enterprise on the free throw line going 24-28. Chef’s kiss. Finally, the three level capturing was a lot improved at 8-17.
Purdue now awaits the winner of the Gonzaga vs. Portland State sport that might be beginning momentarily. Programming be aware right here that this sport will tip-off at 11:30 PM japanese time if issues are exactly on time. If you have adopted faculty basketball you already know that is not very probably so count on an 11:45 or perhaps even midnight begin time. Buckle up of us that is all only a preparation for UCLA and USC becoming a member of the convention.