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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Purdue Boilermakers Basketball Recap

Iowa 67, Purdue 65

 

The Purdue Boilermakers had a lot to gain on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. They threw it away in very short order.

Iowa Hawkeyes Apparel The Boilermakers don’t have the kinds of problems many other college basketball teams are facing. Coach Matt Painter’s team has overachieved this season and will gain a very high seed in the NCAA Tournament. There hasn’t been much to complain about for the lads from West Lafayette, Indiana, but after a surprising loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, they might have encountered the kind of moment that will challenge them to develop a level of resilience they haven’t yet been asked to display in 2011.

Purdue, make no mistake, is a very resilient team to begin with. The Boilermakers have overcome the loss of injured star Robbie Hummel to reach second place in the Big Ten Conference. They’ve beaten Ohio State, the top team in their back yard. They’ve answered the bell at virtually every step along the path this season and have found both the physical and tactical resources needed to rise to the upper tier of college basketball.

 

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Now, though, Purdue will have to stare down a different kind of test, a mental maze that an upset loss can introduce to a locker room. Purdue so regularly maxes out, so one wonders how this team will change (if at all) following a game in which it so clearly fell short.

The thing that has to irritate Painter and his coaching staff in the immediate aftermath of this loss to Iowa is that the Boilers, despite owning more power and strength near the tin, plainly flinched against the Hawkeyes. Iowa won the rebounding war by a shocking 47-32 margin, 12-10 on the offensive glass. Purdue turned into a chuck-and-duck team, hoisting 25 3-pointers and making only five of them. The Boilermakers discarded their blue-collar identity and tried to get by on quick jacks without working for close-in attempts. Purdue played right into the hands of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, whose players spilled the proverbial tank on Senior Day in Iowa City. The game was close throughout the second half, but when push came to shove, it was the Hawkeyes who surged to the forefront, getting a ballsy jumper by Bryce Cartwright with 33 seconds left for a 65-61 lead. After Purdue’s Lewis Jackson hit a layup with 13 seconds left to pull the Boilers within two again, Iowa’s Matt Gatens nailed two foul shots to seal the game with seven ticks left on the clock. Iowa had out-toughed and out-fought Purdue, beating the Boilers at their own game. Purdue had a No. 1 seed within its reach entering this contest, but now that dream is on life support. The Boilermakers didn’t quite ruin their season with this loss, but they do need to regain a winning aura and a confident mindset before the NCAA Tournament begins.

 

 

By Matthew Zemek
BigTen-fans.com Staff Writer

 

 

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