Purple Reign Pre-Game Intel Report

Its the return of<b> Keady Ball </b>to Welsh Ryan, as Purdue's top Senior <b>Willie Deane</b> brings the <b>Boilermakers</b> up from Lafayette to face the <b>Wildcats</b> Wednesday night.

So here come Gene Keady, Willie Deane, Kenneth Lowe and company, into our house to try for another road win.
The Boilermakers are tied with Michigan for the Big 10 lead with a 15-5 overall, 7-2 in the Big 10, record. Their two conference losses were at Illinois [Jan 22] and at Minnesota last Saturday.

Purdue is trying to avoid their 2nd loss in three games to the Wildcats, they are playing for their best conference start [8-2] since 1998 and a shot at sole posession of 1st place in the Big 10. Coach Gene Keady has put this one on the line...
This is a must-win game for us if we are going to get into the NCAAs and make a run for a championship. - [Big 10 Teleconference]
The Boilermakers have forced 16.7 turnovers per game through 20 games this season. Purdue has forced more than 20 turnovers in five games this season.

All of this is part of what's called Keadyball - Purdue's Coach's agressive style of defensive play.

But the system broke down against Minnesota as the Purdue gave up 90 points to the Golden Gophers. Freshman Guard David Teague has it figured out...
We have to come out and play hard, get back to our kind of defense and get back to the basics. We need to take more pride in our defense. [Purdue Exponent]

Adding to that defense lately has been 6-11 Junior Center Ivan Kartelo [PU Photo right] - Sociology Major, former Notre Damer, and widebody from Split, Croatia
Ivan has been struggling a little, and his confidence has not been that good. But we're going to keep working him as a starter and keep encouraging him. He does some little things that have helped the team's defense. [Gene Keady - Purdue Sports]]
He's been worried about fouling and fighting the effects of an elbow injury, but stepped up against Wisconsin with 6 points and 9 rebounds. Against NU last time he had 3 points.

Then there's 6-2 Soph Guard Brandon McNight [Exponent Photo - Tim Orendorff - left]
"Since I was little, I've wanted to be [Michael] Jordan," said McKnight. [Exponent]
He's a big part of the group that helps Keadyball work...
He's one of the best defensive players on our team, said Purdue Forward Chris Booker [Exponent]. He picks up the ball and puts a lot of pressure on the other team's point guards, so he always gives us a good lift for the whole game.
The Last Time the Boilermakers and the Cats met...
The Wildcats turned the ball over 16 times - allowing Purdue 31 points off the turnovers. Purdue shot 78% from the free throw line and 53% from the floor to beat the Cats easily at home.

NU did go on a 9-1 run, but Purdue still held on to a 38-30 lead at the half. The Cats got the game within 4 points with 6:02 left, but 11 straight Boilermaker freethrows made the game look like a blowout, as both T.J. Parker and Winston Blake fouled out.

But figure all signals are off Tonight:
We have respect for them. Before they defeated Indiana, I told many people that they were going to beat someone up there that no one expects them to. They are a well coached team with a very good system. You have to be ready to play them [Keady-Big 10 Teleconference]
The Coach
You'd have to call him the "Dean of the Big 10 Coaches," Gene Keady has been at the helm of the Boilermakers for 23 years. He's Purdue's all time winningest coach, and 2nd in wins in the conference.

He's from Larned, Kansas - and Kansas State, Class of '58, which means he was done with his playing days several years before most of his players were born!

He's got 484 wins at Lafayette and 522 overall.

Keady is known for developing talent, and a brand of defense oriented play everyone else calls Keadyball.
The Big Gun [s]
Nothing new here: #0 6-1 Senior Guard Willie Deane [left] with his 17.7 points a game [17 last week] and 5.2 rebounds a game is the man to stop for the Boilers.

Off the Boards:  Nothing new here either - 6-3 Forward Kenneth Lowe [right] is still averaging 6.1 rebounds a game - mostly at the defensive end. Mr. Deane helps out with a 5.2 per game average too.

From the Arc: Deane takes the most 3s [32-95], but for average its #2 6-5 Freshman Guard David Teague who is hitting 3 pointers at a .412 [28-68] clip.
The Starters
Gene Keady has used the same starting lineup though the Big 10 Season so far...
  • Forward: #20 Kenneth Lowe [6-3 Junior 11.6/2.8], #31 Chris Booker [6-10 Junior 10.8/6.1]
  • Center: #5 Ivan Kartelo [6-11 Junior 3.1/2.9]
  • Guards: #0 Willie Deane [6-1 Senior 17.7/5.2], #10 PG Brandon McKnight [6-2 Soph 4.9/2.0]
If you add it up the Boilers get 63% of their 75.5 ppg [48.1] from their starting 5, the rest comes from the bench. Against NU last time, the starters had 58 of the 82 points scored - 70% of the scoring.
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