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Monday, February 12, 2018 10:20 pm

Monday radio quotables: Painter on Michigan State and Ohio State, bad breaks and Isaac Haas' volume shooting

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Purdue coach Matt Painter joined Larry Clisby for their weekly radio show Monday night. Here are some of the highlights from the discussion. 

Painter on...

Bad breaks against Ohio State and Michigan State: "Yeah obviously you want to put yourself in those positions (to win). It's getting a break, you know at the end of the Michigan game I thought a call of the ball going out of bounds, we get that break. ... A lot of times if you win, people that are on that side of the coin in terms of winning the game, you don't look at it that way, you're like, 'Hey, we played well.' (We) got a lot of breaks there at that end (against Michigan) and I thought in that Ohio State game, we played good defense, Carsen (Edwards)'s got the ball in his hands (before the final play) and (the Buckeyes) make an unbelievable poke at the ball after he gets it, squirts it free, it hits one of our guys' hands, then squirts free, then (Buckeye guard Andrew) Dakich gets it and they call timeout. Then we get another stop, Vince (Edwards) is going to get that basketball and it gets poked again, it kind of gets popped up into the air just a little bit more, throws him off his stride, Keita Bates-Diop's behind him, it's perfect for (Bates-Diop) behind (Edwards), (if) the ball doesn't get poked or hit or whatever happened, Vince is probably getting fouled and we probably close that game out. But those are the breaks of the game and that ball getting hit twice like that and them banking in a 3, which was a huge basket in the game with about a minute to go, those are just some things that went against us. We've been able to close out games and make free throws and make plays and get stops and this (game) it came down to a couple of rebounds and the ball didn't bounce our way and we got some bad breaks. Then the game with Michigan State, we go up two with under a minute, the shot (the Spartans) hit (to tie the game), I'd take that shot any day of the week. (Michigan State's Kenny Goins) averaging 2.5, 3 points, shoots an 18-footer, Vince stops the layup, we kind of bottle (Goins) up, we contest the shot. Then we get the ball to Isaac (Haas), who's having success down on the block. He gets (pushed) out just a little bit, but we get the ball where we need to get it and we just didn't make that play. Then they just win on a pull-up, 25-foot, contested 3. Then after leaving the game, you can hear (Spartan players) talking in the interviews and stuff and they talked about running the play and iso-ing for (Miles Bridges), but they wanted him to drive the ball and he didn't drive the ball, he settled for a 3. Any time you do that and you miss it, guys are always like, 'Hey, they settled,' but when you make it, you're a hero. Miles Bridges is a great player and he made a great shot, so you tip your hat to him, but we were right there, we just gotta be a possession better in both of those games and put ourselves in a little bit better position and learn from it. Our goals are still in front of us."

On why he didn't foul Miles Bridges at the end of the Michigan State game: "That's what I didn't want to do at the end of the game, even though we had a foul to give. We were discussing it and talking about it, but when you get into that situation and you're on the road, in my opinion you make them earn it. Even though I went back and forth on what to do and I was trying to talk to Dakota (Mathias) about possibly fouling (him)."

On adjusting to other teams' styles of play: "One thing you don't want to do is force things and say, 'Okay, here's what we're going to do no matter what you're going to do.' Unless you just have a dominating team and everybody on your team can break somebody down off the dribble and everybody on your team can shoot 3s, everybody on your team can post up, if you have a team of stars that can just do that (you can play any style). But if you have one guy is a jump shooter, one guy is a good shooter and he can play off the bounce and play off a shot fake, another guy is really talented, athletic, can break you down, can shoot, other guy's a versatile 4-man like we have, so we have really good pieces, but it's not something that's overpowering. So we need to execute in the half court, we're one of the top 10 teams in the country in offensive efficiency. I think we're one of two teams that's in the top 10 in offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency, if that holds true after our last game. Michigan State decided they weren't going to double (Isaac Haas), but we still got some good looks at the basket, we were 6 of 19 from 3, which isn't a great number, we normally a little under 10 3s a game, but if they're going to give us that (Haas in the post), that's a pretty high-percentage shot. The one thing that doesn't get going, if you can make 10 3s, obviously you're getting 30 points right there and you make six you're only getting 18. You gotta be able to get (points) from some place else. We weren't able to get it from the free throw line (against Michigan State). That happens on the road. Like when we go to Michigan, they call two fouls on Michigan in the first half. We go to Indiana, they call two or three fouls on them in the first half. I don't know if we ever got in the bonus (against Indiana). We might have gotten in the bonus, but there wasn't a lot of fouls, but you come to expect that on the road, which is kind of part of it. You've just got to be able to play the game, execute, and be able to play off what they give you. Trying to kind of throttle that and play a certain style no matter how they defend you, that doesn't always make sense."

On Isaac Haas shooting 22 times against Michigan State: "(Haas) shoots the third- or fourth-most shots on our team, so he doesn't have the burden of making every play. (Michigan State) chose to defend it a certain way. If they double- and triple-teamed him, like Iowa, like Wisconsin did the first time, it really made it hard on him. He shot one shot in the Iowa game and he shot four shots in the Wisconsin game. I don't dictate that as a head coach. Iowa and Wisconsin dictated that. Well Michigan State dictated this one. With that, you have to understand, in retrospect, people look at things, you're going to be critical of what happened. He shot 55 percent from the field (against Michigan State). He shoots 60 percent overall. Those are both good percentages. He had two shots he got off balance out of 22. He took 20 good shots. As a coach, sometimes it always doesn't go in, but he still shot 55 percent in the game. But what it looks like is like, 'Whoa, man, that's the only thing you're doing,' so you want to balance during the game, but simple is still the best. So like in the Iowa game (on Jan. 20), we make 20 3s. That'd be like me saying to my guys after our 12th 3, 'Hey guys let's stop shooting 3s because Isaac needs to get the basketball.' No, he doesn't need to get the basketball. They're stopping him down low, they're holding a low guy, they're knocking out the post, and we got wide-open jumpers and we're nailing them so we're gonna keep doing it. Vince Edwards has gotten into some rhythms where he's hitting 3s, driving the basketball, playing in the post. We'll go to Vince Edwards then. We got a lot of weapons and this game, (Michigan State) decided to (guard Haas one-on-one). You have to understand, we go up two under a minute, they miss a jump shot there at the end, it would change this narrative. In reality, you have to play percentage basketball and you have to make quality decisions. We can do a lot of different things. When they take everything away and they say, 'We're going to let you play one-on-one' and I got a guy who's third in the league in field goal percentage, we're going to go to him."

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