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Bad time for a bad night

E’Twaun Moore, Keaton Grant and Lewis Jackson missed shots after getting all the way to the rim.

JaJuan Johnson couldn’t connect from the perimeter.

Purdue’s offense looked totally inept Saturday in a 69-42 loss to Minnesota at the Big Ten tournament. And it wasn’t just because shots weren’t falling.

There was little movement at times in the motion offense. Players took ill-advised shots – Painter yelled at Grant at one point, “It’s not a good shot,” after Grant missed. They didn’t seem to share the ball particularly well either.

It was a shocking, ugly performance, and the timing was not good.

This would seem to give the NCAA committee a reason to drop the Boilermakers’ seed. Don’t be shocked if Purdue isn’t a No. 3 seed, considering the quirks and limitations of the bracket. The committee makes its list of top 65 teams, 1-65, and seeds from there. Is Purdue a top 12 team?

Apparently, ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi doesn’t think so. He had Purdue as a No. 4 seed in Spokane, Wash., in a bracket updated at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We didn’t give (the committee) too much to see,” JaJuan Johnson said. “That’s across the board. Everyone on our team could have played better. But it happens sometimes. Hopefully, they still see us as a good team.”

Johnson, like his teammates, couldn’t explain Purdue’s lopsided loss.

Johnson said it “humbled” the team.

But all they know is to forget it and move on.

“I think our team will be really focused going into the tournament,” Johnson said. “That’s always good. Last year, we went through some adversity. This year, we’ve been through some adversity. So it’s nothing that is foreign to us. I think we’ll be ready to bounce back and ready to play.”

Classmate E’Twaun Moore agreed.

“I think we’ll be fine. Everyone needs to keep their head up,” he said. “There’s no time to be down or sad because we lost, even though we did lose by almost 30. We just have to keep going. When I was in high school, we lost a 30-point game one of the last games of the season, and we still won the state championship.”

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