BKB Pregame Intel: Purdue Boilermakers

No more Gene Keady, last year's Assistant Head Coach, Matt Painter, is now at the controls of the Boilermakers, but things aren't going as well as the Purdue fans would have hoped. Not only is there a new head coach, Matt Painter, but there will be 3 "new" starters and a bunch of Chicago guys on the floor for Purdue as they head to Evanston to face the Northwestern Wildcats at home...

It was supposed to be an easy transition.
Official PhotoFormer Purdue Coach Gene Keady hired his successor as an assistant to east the transition, and the new coach Matt Painter. Painter was left with several decent starters and recruited a hot point guard, Tarrance Crump.

But a couple of injuries, and a traffic accident took 3 of the expected starters off the roster, leaving Purdue with a youth movement that changed the whole picture in Lafayette. The young "kids," expected to contribute off the bench, are having to play for the Boilermakers...
"That's the only thing that absolutely can get you ready for the Big Ten season. You have to play as much as possible, which we have in the non-conference season."-- Nate Minnoy [Boilerstation]

"Our freshmen have gotten a lot of experience. Now, we have to come ready to go right away. I want to carry out my defensive assignment just like coach Painter wants me to do. Whatever it takes for my team to win." --Marcus Green
Injuries and other issues
have taken 3 starters off the Boilermaker roster so far this year. Carl Landry was injured after playing 5 games [and leading Purdue in scoring], David Teague suffered an ACL injury, and Tarrance Crump - the top prospect in Purdue's #1 recruiting class was suspended after a hit and run traffic accident..
The end result of all this?

Official Photo The Purdue Boilermakers have a possession problem. Purdue is averaging over 20 turnovers in their 5 losses so far this year, but the issue seems to be hard to fix. They say they know what they have to do;
"We have to limit turnovers against the press," said PG Bryant Dillon, [left - Boilerstation 1/1] 4 turnovers. "We hadn't been playing against a press the last couple of games, and Memphis had fresh bodies pressing us the whole game. They have a lot of athletes."
but the Boilerstation's roundball writer, Jeff Washburn, leads his last column on the Boilers this way;
... understanding that quick fix for its turnover woes may be beyond this Purdue basketball team's capabilities. [the Bolilerstation]
Washburn also pointed out that the 2 Purdue Point Guards have 61 turnovers so far this year. Maybe the return of Marcus White over the break will help Purdue, but his game skills have to be a little rusty.

Hmmm, wonder if NU will press a bit?
There's word filtering from Lafayette,
That Purdue did spend a lot of time over the holiday working on a half court offense. It must be working a bit, the as the Purdue media guys point out, the Freshmen account for 58% of the Boilermaker scoring so far this year, and 77% of the 3 pointers but they still gave up 90 points to Memphis last week.
Official PhotoThe Boilermakers' freshman starters are guard Nate Minnoy, guard Chris Lutz and forward Marcus Green. but there is also some senior presence on the team - seniors Matt Kiefer [left - at center] and Bryant Dillon [guard] have played a few Big 10 games - this year they combine for 14.6 ppg, and 9.3 rpg

Painter is still worried about how his "kids" will play...
"Basketball is a game of spurts, and you have to limit those," Painter said. [Boilerstation]"Experienced teams limit those spurts. A timeout settles them down. We are not at that point. Halftime has to stop spurts for us. That comes with time."
Then there's worry about the freshmen wearing down as league play progresses - Painter is confident that Lutz, Spates and Green will be OK, but they're worried about  6-3 270 lb freshman guard/forward Nate Minnoy -
We've tried to cut his minutes to get more productivity," Painter said. "With the addition of Marcus White, and with Gary Ware playing better, that allows Nate to play 25-to-28 minutes, which is a perfect number for him right now."
They try to take care of Minnoy - he's shooting 54.9%, averaging 12 ppg, and is the only Boiler to start all 11 games.
The Chicago connection:
Purdue has four players on its roster who attended high school in Chicago. Nate Minnoy, Marcus Green, Marcus White and Gordon Watt are all from the Windy City. Additionally, Tarrance Crump lived in Chicago before moving to Alabama.

For what its worth, the Cats haven't done well against teams with a lot of Chicago kids over the years...
And one last thing:
Purdue's last win in a Big Ten opener was an 82-68 win over Northwestern on Jan. 11, 2003.

Coach Roy's Purple Reign 'Cat'egories:

The Big Gun #4 Chris Lutz+
12.1 ppg 2.5 rpg
Deadeye Dick #31 Nate Minnoy
54.9% shooting
The Bomber Lutz
28 of 72 from the arc
Off the Boards #42 Matt Kiefer
5.9 rebounds a game
Charity Stripe #20 Marcus Green
90% free throw shooter
Super Sub #23 Marcus White
14+ minutes
Pickpocket Minnoy*
12 - 2 others have 10*
Helping Hands Minnoy**
26 Assists**
Mr. Defense Kiefer
13 Blocks/29 def rebounds
10 Steals
Carl Landry [now injured] is Purdue's leading scorer with 15.2 ppg,
+  Lutz has scored in double figures the last 5 games.
* Chris Lutz and Matt Kiefer have 10 steals each
** Bryant Dillon has 25 Assists

Expected Starters 


PPG RPG
Forward
#31 Nate Minnoy [6-3 Fr]
#20 Marcus Green [6-4 Fr]
12.0
5.7
5.7
2.8
Center
#42 Matt Kiefer [6-10 Sr]
10.0
5.9
Guard
#5 Bryant Dillon [6-6 Sr]
#4 Chris Lutz [6-2 Fr]
4.6
12.1
3.4
2.5

Totals: 44.4
20.3

Notes: Dillon is the point guard [25 assists/29 turnovers], Purdue scores 69.2 points per game, 1/3 of their points are scored by the subs.

Off the Bench
[Have Played in most games, or Avging 9+ mins]:
 


Minutes PPG RPG
Forward #23 Marcus White [6-8 Jr]
#33 Gary Ware [6-9 Sr]
#32 Matt Carroll [6-8 Sr]
14.0
12.2
5.7
6.0
3.8
1.0
4.7
2.8
1.1
Center




Guard #11 Korey Spates [6-0 Fr]
#3 Chris Hartley [6-4 Jr]
27.2
11.4
10.2
1.5
2.6
1.2

Totals: 14.1
22.5
12.6

Notes: Carroll is expected to get more minutes now that Landry is out. Hartley is a walk-on.

Challenges for the Wildcats:
  • Force Turnovers - the Boilers average 19 and a half in non-conference play.
  • Get a couple of nice runs going - the Boiler's coaches worry about their young guys stopping other team's runs during a game. In their blowouts, the teams got on a long run.
  • Remember our record - the Cats' have won 4 of the last 5 games with Purdue, and we are at home.
  • Don't let up when they substitute - PU's backup guys score 1/3 of the Boiler points. They're also the upper class guys who have been here before.

Game Starts at 6 PM - Wildcat Time

Television: None

Radio: WGN, with Dave Eanet and Dave Kaplan
NUSports
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Gametracker: NU Sports

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