Penn State's Talor Battle may have scored 18 points -- the second-highest total of his career against Purdue -- but he was largely a non-factor on Wednesday.
The No. 11 Boilermakers limited Battle early as he struggled to make shots, and they were able to build a double-digit lead en route to an 83-68 victory.
Battle, who entered the game as the Big Ten's leading scorer averaging 21.3 points, made only 6 of 22 shots.
Purdue primarily used Kelsey Barlow and Lewis Jackson against Battle, but guards Terone Johnson and E'Twaun Moore also spent a couple plays defending Penn State's dynamic scorer.
By my count, two of Battle's baskets came in transition and the other three came with Jackson defending him.
Barlow and Jackson talked before the game how they were excited for the challenge to guard Battle, and Barlow said there's a reason Purdue's tandem has been so successful of late.
"Ever since the Richmond game -- it was just embarrassing after losing and the way their point guard played, scored as many points and did so much for their team -- it was just a horrible feeling," Barlow said on Monday. "We're trying not to get that feeling back."
- Purdue junior Ryne Smith made all five of his three-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points in the victory. Be sure to check back on Friday for the third installment of "Ryne's Revelations," a video feature for the blog. I'll ask Smith about his hot start to Big Ten play.
- We'll also have more from Jackson later this week. He may be playing the best basketball of his career right now, and he finally showed some consistency on his jump shot against Penn State. Jackson has worked tirelessly to improve his perimeter game. He had a career-high 17 points against the Nittany Lions, and several of those came on jump shots.