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Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 4:22 pm
 
I had Purdue ranked third in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

Then Robbie Hummel tore his ACL.

Then I dropped the Boilermakers into the 20s. And I never returned them to the top 10 -- not even when they started 15-1, mostly because they had, at the time, zero quality wins. Also worth noting: I could never get over the loss of Hummel because I've spent a lot of time throughout the past year talking to Matt Painter about Hummel as a player and a person, and I know how much that coach values that player. Thus, I couldn't help but put a premium on Hummel, too. But in properly valuing Hummel I made the mistake of inadvertently undervaluing Painter, and that's a mistake that was highlighted with Wednesday's 70-62 win over Wisconsin and again during Sunday's 76-63 victory over Ohio State.

Consider this my mea culpa.

I was wrong about what's possible for the Boilermakers.

I was wrong because -- though I've always properly loved E'Twaun Moore -- I misjudged how good JaJuan Johnson would be this season and underestimated what Painter could do with a roster robbed of its perceived most important player. After Hummel's injury, I figured the Boilermakers would finish fifth in the Big Ten. But after Sunday's win over Ohio State, they're 22-5 overall, 11-3 in the Big Ten and second in the league standings.

Purdue couldn't finish fifth now if it lost each of its remaining games.

So, yeah, I was wrong.

The Boilermakers would've been great with Hummel.

Everybody knew that.

But what I've learned this week is that they're pretty darn good without him, too -- perhaps Final Four good.
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Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:32 pm
 

I told you so, Gary...

After the tournament in Orlando, Gary, I pointed out three things to you --that Notre Dame, Purdue and Wisconsin were all better teams than you were giving them credit for.  (How could you forget about JaJuan Johnson, though; OMG, Gary!?)  In the case of Wisconsin: You place them in your Top-25, to begin the season, simply because you promised that to us last year?  Yet, after they lose one game, you drop them out?  You really dropped the ball on that one, because your forgot about your own, underlying reason for making the statement about Bo Ryan to begin with?   That is one of those gut things that you have to stick with. 



Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

Your right PITT does have 3 losses. Notre Dame, Tennessse, & St. Johns.

St. Johns is ranked now! And should have been earlier. Considering they have beaten a ton of heavily ranked teams.

ND RPI=10
St. Johns RPI=12
Tenn RPI=36

Nebraska who just beat TEXAS...RPI 62!

Pitt should still be in the top 5 considering the amount top 25 rpi wins (6). There in sole possesion of first place in the deepest conference in the country.

To all the ACC Duke lovers out there. YOUR TEAM IS OVERRATED!

St. Johns blew you out! They needed an last second out bounds layup to beat us on one of worst played games of the year.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

News flash to you.  Wisconsin is 14-0 at Kohl and Purdue is now 15-0 at Mackey.  I'll take the Buckeyes on a neutral court in the tournament all day long.  March is coming.  Let's play..

Another news flash... if you believe OSU is going to win the National Championship....you may have not seen them play.They tend to play down to their competition...which does not bode well come tourney time.  I have my reservations with regard to Matta as a coach and that will be the difference in the tourney.  OSU has the talent...but not the coaching IMO.That said, they should go further than Wisconsin or Purdue, but I do not see a final four for OSU.



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

lold when you had SDSU first. literally lold at ur little ranking you have there. 



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:49 am
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

News flash to you.  Wisconsin is 14-0 at Kohl and Purdue is now 15-0 at Mackey.  I'll take the Buckeyes on a neutral court in the tournament all day long.  March is coming.  Let's play..


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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:51 am
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Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:45 am
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

So using your LOGIC(LORD)   THIS IS HOW YOU RANK TEAMS

IF #1  IS PLAYING #2  and #2 wins by 2 points  then #1
STAYS #1  cause they LOST to a ranked team..ah ok GARY
if that is your logic then i'm LOST

A LOSS IS A LOSS no matter to WHO

IF YOU LOSE 2 games IN ONE WEEK YOU CANNOT BE #1  CANNOT BE

 

1  SDSU    2.  DUKE   3.  BYU

ah GARY  SDDU AND BYU PLAY THIS WEEK SO NO MATTR WHO WINS OR LOSSES
THEY STAY RANKED THE SAME     I dont think so cause they are not big10 nor bigeast
teams only those teams get your BIASED RANKINGS  IT"S OK GARY  TIME WILL TELL

DO YOU KNOW WHO WON LAST 2 NATIONAL TITLES  (DOUBT IT)
IT WAS THE  ACC
who 3 years ago evy1 said was not the best conf
last year  sameo  not best conf  yet they won it all for the 2 nd time in 2 years

what's your excuse this time GARY when acc makes in 3 in a ROW
you still going to rank ohio state #1 cause they lost to a ranked team?  LOL

 




Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:45 am
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

So using your LOGIC(LORD)   THIS IS HOW YOU RANK TEAMS

IF #1  IS PLAYING #2  and #2 wins by 2 points  then #1
STAYS #1  cause they LOST to a ranked team..ah ok GARY
if that is your logic then i'm LOST

A LOSS IS A LOSS no matter to WHO

IF YOU LOSE 2 games IN ONE WEEK YOU CANNOT BE #1  CANNOT BE

 

1  SDSU    2.  DUKE   3.  BYU

ah GARY  SDDU AND BYU PLAY THIS WEEK SO NO MATTR WHO WINS OR LOSSES
THEY STAY RANKED THE SAME     I dont think so cause they are not big10 nor bigeast
teams only those teams get your BIASED RANKINGS  IT"S OK GARY  TIME WILL TELL

DO YOU KNOW WHO WON LAST 2 NATIONAL TITLES  (DOUBT IT)
IT WAS THE  ACC
who 3 years ago evy1 said was not the best conf
last year  sameo  not best conf  yet they won it all for the 2 nd time in 2 years

what's your excuse this time GARY when acc makes in 3 in a ROW
you still going to rank ohio state #1 cause they lost to a ranked team?  LOL

 




Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:24 am
 

Doubt what's possible with Painter? Never again

YOU THINK PURDUE AT 15-1  was BAD
PITTSBURG SAMEO  RIGGED SCHEDULE PLAYING PATTSIES
YET YOU PULL PURDUE DOWN AND PITT UP   LOOK AT PITTS 1ST 16 GAMES OK





IT SHOULD BE

NO TEAM RANKED #1 OR #2 HAS NEVER LOST 2 IN A WEEK
AND STAY #1 OR #2  EXCEPT IN YOUR POLLS GARY.

WHAT GIVES?  WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU THINKING?

OHIO STATE LOST 2  DONT MATTER WHO THEY LOST   two
KANSAS LOST BY 20  joke
TEXAS LOST TO WHO WOW  ANOTHER JOKE



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