About an hour before tip, and Purdue and Minnesota are warming up on Keady Court in Mackey Arena.
Expect to see some full-court pressure and half-court trapping by the Gophers tonight.
Purdue worked on handling the pressure during practice Monday, and I haven't seen coach Matt Painter that frustrated this season. (I typically attend about one practice per week.) He was trying to get his players -- mostly the younger guys -- to grasp the principles to beat the pressure. But despite him saying "don't do this, do this," there still were guys who were doing the wrong thing. So Painter let them know.
The last time Purdue faced some pressure was against Alabama, I believe, and the Boilermakers obviously didn't handle that well early on. They had a season-high 17 turnovers in that game. You'd like to think Purdue learned from that, and I'm not sure Minnesota will have the same kind of athletes Bama did either. Still, will be interesting to see how the Boilers respond.
- A victory would make Purdue 14-0, tied for the best start in school history.
- Robbie Hummel is 28 points from reaching 1,000 in his career.
- Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber is making 51 percent of his three-pointers. It'd seem likely that Chris Kramer would draw that assignment, and Kramer is at his best defending players off the ball, fighting through screens and getting a hand in the shooter's face. Should be a fun match-up.