Bordeaux He went to the Barn on Thursday night and played his most complete defensive game of the season. The massed Bordeaux defense rallied to fight back Minnesota The defense dropped to a season low at 39 points.
While Purdue’s offense didn’t set the world on fire, scoring just 61 points, the defense came to play, improving their Kienbaum defensive rating from 29th in the nation to 17th.
It’s always fun looking back, but even more so after a great win on the road in the Big Ten. Here are three points from Purdue’s win last night.
Braden Smith flirts with a triple-double
Braden Smith Arguably his most complete match of the season, he finished with 19, 7 and 7. Smith has flirted several times this year with triple-doubles, and at some point he will have one or more under his belt.
Last night Smith saw the court well, whether on a fast break or in the middle of the field, he ran the offense to perfection. While Zack Eddy He’s the most dominant player in college basketball right now, and I think it’s time to acknowledge that Braden Smith It may be a big reason for some of his successes.
Will Smith is the best true guard since then Chris Kramer? I’m starting to lean in like that – but he’s a better scorer than Kramer, so far.
Purdue defense stifles the Gophers
Going into last night’s game against Minnesota, Purdue is ranked 29th in defense according to the Kinbaum. After holding the Gophers to just 39 points, they jumped 12 spots to 17th.
On a personal level, Purdue’s defense is more than computer-generated analytics. Purdue has allowed 70 points twice this season, the highest total any team has ever scored against them. While they ranked 17th on KenPom, they only allowed 60.1 PPG, good for 13th in the nation.
A big reason to improve? Zack Eddy It is a real statue in the middle. He plays 30+ minutes per game and doesn’t miss anymore, giving Purdue a real edge guard again.
Brandon Newman provides a spark off the bench
Brandon Newman He was a bit of a slump offensively, while he was struggling at this end of the field he was much better in defence, probably our best defender off the bench.
Last night, Newman scored 8 points off the bench, and went 2-for-3 from deep. If this young man Bordeaux The team wants to advance far into March, they’re going to need it Brandon Newman And Ethan Morton For both to find their shot – especially Newman off the bench.
There were some missed calls last night, as usual, Newman got robbed several times on his drive to the basket, and his eight points should have been 10 or more.
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