This is how Chris Kramer and his Purdue teammates figured it'd be.
Bumping, grabbing, blocking and some chippy play.
It's Big Ten basketball the rest of the way now.
"Rugged, physical defense," Kramer said after Purdue's 79-60 victory over Minnesota. "Minnesota is a very good defensive team. They bumped us off our cuts. They were very physical."
Purdue gave it back, per usual, too.
The physical play came to near blows late in the game.
Robbie Hummel and Minnesota's Lawrence Westbrook were wrestling over a rebound and had words. Keaton Grant came in to pull Hummel away, and Minnesota's Damian Johnson was whistled for a technical foul after the play.
"I thought it should have been a jump ball," Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. "I thought it was just a macho not-going-to-give-up-the-ball kind of thing. That's all I saw."
Hummel wouldn't talk much about the play afterward.
"It was two guys playing hard, competitive juices got flowing there," Hummel said. "It's not a big deal at all."
It appeared as though Westbrook said something to Hummel in the handshake line after the game, but when I asked Hummel about it, he laughed and then said "no, not really."
- Kramer gave me the video camera back after the game, so I will try to get the next "Kramer Chronicles" posted this week.