By CLIFF BRUNT
Ok, Purdue just made a jump.
This isn’t just a young team with potential anymore.
The Boilermakers are good.
Purdue methodically dismantled West Virginia 79-52 on Saturday in a blowout so complete that even coach Matt Painter was surprised.
We know Purdue is going to defend. But even with limited offensive production from Ronnie Johnson and A.J. Hammons, the Boilermakers lit up the scoreboard. D.J. Byrd has found his shot again, dropping 17 points and making 4 of 6 3s. Rapheal Davis scored 16 points in 26 minutes Anthony Johnson has stopped forcing things, scoring 12 points without a turnover. The Boilermakers shot 49 percent and made 8 of 11 3-pointers. This Purdue offensive efficiency is something that bears watching.
Once again, there were no freebies in the paint — the Boilermakers held the Mountaineers to 29 percent shooting. Hammons scored just four points, but his imprint was all over West Virginia’s offensive troubles. He blocked three shots, giving him 14 in the past three games.
Now, the Boilermakers are on a three-game win streak.
Nobody is talking about the Boilermakers, and that’s good. Most of the name teams in the conference have a big-time scorer. Purdue has something just as good — it stops people from scoring. The Boilermakers will be a tough team to beat.
Here is the link to Cliff Brunt’s AP story: Purdue 79, West Virginia 52.
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