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Jackson out indefinitely

Purdue was stellar in the first half on offense and defense in its 89-64 rout of Cal State Northridge Friday to open the season.

But that performance wasn't what the chatter was about after Matt Painter's press conference.

Sophomore point guard Lewis Jackson wasn't at Friday's game, perhaps not surprising because he was serving the last of a three-game suspension for violation team and NCAA rules.

But that wasn't why Jackson was absent.

Painter said Jackson injured his foot during Thursday's practice and is out indefinitely. Painter said Jackson definitely will not play at the Paradise Jam tournament next week in the Virgin Islands.

Jackson had a doctor's appointment in Indianapolis Friday.

With Keaton Grant, a seasoned player who made his 71st start Friday, playing point guard in Jackson's place, Purdue may not seem to miss much.

Grant does a good job defending, locking up the opposing point guard for 94 feet, and also is good in transition pushing the ball.

But don't forget -- it was a freshman Jackson who supplanted Grant in the starting lineup last season because Jackson has certain talents no one else on the roster offers.

Jackson has another gear of quickness and can create his own shot by getting to the rim. He also can be a pest on defense.

Freshman Kelsey Barlow, who is the back-up point guard now, will be a great player, and the reason he didn't redshirt was because Painter likes Barlow's athleticism and ability to handle the ball. But he's still a freshman and will need some time to blossom.

We'll see if he gets it -- or if Jackson is out for an extended time, forcing Barlow to grow up in a hurry.

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