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Moore back in rhythm?

So maybe we are prone to over-reacting.

Maybe when E'Twaun Moore was going through perhaps the worst shooting slump of his career -- 15 of 57 (26 percent) over four games prior to Penn State on Wednesday -- it really only was an issue for fans and media.

Because when I asked Moore if he felt like he broke out of his slump with a 7-of-15 shooting performance in a victory over the Nittany Lions, he didn't really seem to agree.

"I guess you could say it was something to break out of. I really only had like three games where I really didn't play that well," he said before Thursday's practice. "Two of them I was kind of in foul trouble, too. At Penn State, I was in and out of the game.

"That's why I wasn't really worried too much. I'm going to put the ball in the hole. I'm definitely confident."

Moore realizes that he's set a standard.

He's been consistently great as an offensive player for so long at Purdue that when he struggles, it's a story. Just like it was when Peyton Manning showed his human side during a stretch this season for the Colts.

"Of course, it's not good," Moore said. "But I definitely have to stay confident. There's a lot of basketball to go. I can't get down on myself. I know our team looks forward to me getting back and doing well."

Perhaps it will help that Purdue is in a nice home stretch here. Two of its next three games are at home -- and the team is coming off that home victory against Penn State.

Moore is shooting 50 percent from the field at home, including 42 percent on three-pointers, this season. On the road, he's only making 37 percent of his shots and 35 percent of three-pointers.

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