How many times can Ryne Smith's shooting be the story?
At some point, you'd think opponents would figure out they can't leave Purdue's sharpshooter open.
It hasn't happened yet, though.
Smith made a career-high six three-pointers and scored 18 points in No. 11 Purdue's 75-52 victory over Iowa on Sunday.
Smith has made 18 of 27 three-pointers in four Big Ten games.
When asked how big the basket is looking these days, Smith said, "Big enough for a ball to go through it, I guess."
It's tough to find new ways to ask Smith about his performance. His recent shooting streak is remarkable, and he gives plenty of kudos to his teammates for sharing the ball.
That's certainly been the case -- Lewis Jackson, Kelsey Barlow and D.J. Byrd each had assists on Smith's three-pointers on Sunday.
"I've just been finding openings and getting them to fall, but the team is just doing a great job finding me when I'm open and knowing if I get hot to find me," Smith said.
- I waited for Kelsey Barlow after the game, hoping to ask him about his personal eight-point streak and what his injury was, but he must have sneaked out. At least Smith was able to offer a bit on Barlow's offensive game against the Hawkeyes.
"That was great for him and our team," Smith said. "He was real aggressive, and I think we all need to be that aggressive. We've got a lot of guys who can score, and I think it's really coming out in Big Ten Conference play and hopefully we can keep doing that."
- Travis Carroll was again the first big man off the bench, and he had six rebounds in 16 minutes.
"Every day in practice, I get myself prepared going up JaJuan (Johnson), Pat (Bade) and Sandi (Marcius)," Carroll said. "That's really helped me because it translates to the game."