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Painter just "fighting for our guy"

Chris Kramer was standing in almost exactly the same spot.

The last time Purdue played Michigan in Mackey Arena, Wolverines guard Manny Harris swung his elbow and broke Kramer's nose.

Harris didn't play in the rematch in West Lafayette on Saturday, but that didn't keep Michigan from flinging elbows.

And another one nearly clipped Kramer midway through the second half.

Kramer was defending on the left wing in front of Michigan's bench when Laval Lucas-Perry swung his elbow high, forcing Kramer to bob out of the way.

Seconds later, Michigan called a timeout and Kramer walked toward Purdue's huddle motioning to his arm and patting his elbow. That was likely directed to the officials.

Apparently, Kramer also told coach Matt Painter. Painter -- spouting mad -- then appeared to go toward Michigan's bench. He was held back by official Steve Olson, who had his hand on Painter's chest. Painter appeared to be jawing at Michigan assistant coach John Mahoney. Mahoney came over to Painter and appeared to pat him on the back and then walk away.

Painter called it "nothing."

"I was just fighting for our guy, just making sure they're clearing space. We're in legal guarding position. That's our space. So I was just fighting, making sure that was known," Painter said with a laugh.

  • Bob Knight was sitting less than 5 feet away from me on press row Saturday, but I couldn't hear anything he was saying about the game. I heard later Knight was mostly praising the Boilermakers. Gold & Black Illustrated's Doug Griffiths was more specific in this article. Interesting stuff.

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