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Bade gets a break

D.J. Byrd proved it's possible last season: In a rout, someone can emerge.

Patrick Bade could be case study No. 2.

Byrd's gritty performance in Purdue's embarassing loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament last season landed him more playing time in the NCAA tournament.

Bade's five rebounds in eight minutes in an 87-64 loss at Ohio State earlier this week landed him at least one thing: More playing time in Saturday's 73-61 victory over the No. 16 Gophers.

He made it count.

Bade played a career-high 20 minutes and had five rebounds, two points, a steal, assist and block.

"I was just really trying to come in there and have an effect on the game," Bade said.

Before getting eight minutes against Ohio State, Bade had only played seven minutes two Big Ten games this season. And he's not injured.

"It's been a difficult stretch," Bade said. "But the coaches always say to be ready. My number was called, and I was ready to go."

Coach Matt Painter simply said Bade "earned" a chance to play.

JaJuan Johnson, Bade's senior teammate, liked what he saw.

"I'm like a proud father today," Johnson said, drawing laughs from reporters and teammate Lewis Jackson, who joined Johnson in the news conference. "Seeing Pat go out there and represent Franklin Central. I'm really happy with Pat. He did a really good job."

Jackson said players joked with Bade that he had to be physical against Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe, just like he is in practice.

"He just throws his elbows at us in practice," Jackson said. "We told him that's what we need. 'Get down there and fight with him.' "

  • Maybe Jackson's 3-for-4 shooting performance on three-pointers will earn him some respect.

    From officials.

    Jackson has only six three-pointers this season, but three of them, including his first one Saturday, has been double-checked on the monitor courtside.

    Jackson was laughing with official Ed Hightower when play was stopped to review his three-pointer.