January 31, 2010

PSU Visits Purdue, Time To PLAY FROM THE F***ING HEART

What do Bill Hicks and Talor Battle share in common? Not reaching their deserved level of success.

So, the Fighting DeChellises take their winless Big Ten record into West Lafayette today, where they will look to do the improbable and beat a Purdue team that may have found their groove again. To be honest, I don't even know why I'm bothering to write up a preview since there's a better chance of you contracting koala herpes than PSU does winning this game. However, as one of 50 PSU basketball fans out there I feel obligated to do my civic duty, so as the late, great, Bill Hicks would say (and I'm paraphrasing): Excuse me, while I plaster on a fake smile and plow through this shit one more time.

After inexplicably dropping three straight games following a 14-0 start to the season, Purdue has since tallied off three straight wins and will in all likelihood, add a fourth straight today. That is, unless Ed DeChellis can devise a scheme that helps contain E'Twaun Moore (17.6 ppg), Robbie Hummel (15.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg), and JaJuan Johnson (14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg). Oh, and don't forget pesky role player Chris Kramer, and his artistic ball-swiping abilities.

It's also imperative that PSU keeps up their recent trend of having two players not named Talor Battle pitch in with double-digit scoring. Purdue is usually known for their stingy defense, but this little quip from Purdue blogger Hammer and Rails gives one a sliver of hope:
We have had a habit recently of giving up 20+ points to an unexpected source. Jordan Taylor, Keaton Nankivil, Demetri McCamey, Zack Novak, and Jason Bohannon have had career nights against us of late. Who will it be in this game? Will it be Tim Frazier, who is shooting 43% from 3-point range but only averages 5.7 points per game? It is disturbing that we have been known for our perimeter defense, while teams are shooting a Big Ten best 37.2% from long range against us.
So, there you have it, folks. PSU needs to launch about 50 threes today and hope they connect on say, 20. Maybe then, they'll only lose by two or three points. Really, all you can hope for at this stage in the season is that the team plays above their heads again like they did at Wisconsin a week ago, and perhaps figures out a way to hang on this time around...

That's it, I'm done. Time to do something more productive with my life.

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