BOILER UP

Sunday afternoon Purdue beat Michigan State 77-61 in West Lafayette.

MSU has not won in Mackey Arena since 2014.

Purdue is now 21-1 and ranked #1 in the nation. MSU is 14-8.

Zach Edey of Purdue, who happens to be the best center in the nation and should win player-of-the-year was unstoppable.

Thirteen days ago he had 32 points and 17 rebounds in a win in East Lansing

Yesterday he had 38 (career high) and 13.

Spartans had no answer for him.

Jay Wright was the analyst for CBS – he did a very good job. The two-time NCAA champion had a few good gems when talking about the game; one that stood out was “listen and know you have to improve.”

Gold.

Spiro,the play-by-play guy talks way too much, like most PBP guys. Allow the color analyst to break it down.

Remember Purdue lost to Saint Peter’s last year in the Sweet 16 and they had Jaden Ivey.

Boilermakers were unranked this pre-season.

Wait, what?

Matt Painter is a heck of a coach. He starts two freshmen in his backcourt. You don’t see that often.

Fletcher Loyer, one of those first year players reminds me of Luke Kennard.

Love the sign in Mackey, “Defense lives here.”

Another gem from Wright: “Catch it up, keep it up,” when talking about a big man catching the ball.

Have a positive day…

ONE MORE

On Saturday I watched a lot of basketball on television. College and pro games all over the place. Some good play, some not so good. But it’s all good. You know if you have ever played or coached, good and bad comes and goes throughout the course of the game.

One thing that is certain, when you play basketball, you better be selfless. It’s all about playing the right way.

Last night watching Knicks-Nets there were two possessions that stood out for me. The Knicks were down 10, six and change to go in the game. Julius Randle on the break, pushed it up and hit Quentin Grimes on the left wing. Soon as he caught the ball, he jacked up a long 3. Standing in the left corner was his wide-open teammate Immanuel Quickley. Grimes missed the shot, luckily for him Randle grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back up for two. Quickley looked mad.

The Nets, with three minutes to go, up 3, in their half-court offense, Kyrie Irving went to the left corner with the ball, kicked it cross court to an open Joe Harris who, instead of jacking up a 3, hit his teammate Seth Curry wide open in the right corner for a knock-down 3.

Would love to be sitting in the Knicks and Nets film session this morning hearing what they have to say about these two plays.

Hit the open man. Share the ball. Be a selfless teammate.

YOU HAVE TO CARE

“It’s attention to detail and focus.  It’s everything.  I tried to come out here with some energy, but we still end up doing the same thing.  It’s everybody. It ain’t just one person.  We all gotta take the challenge and start guarding. Gotta be about the care factor. We’ve got to care about stopping somebody. You should get mad if they keep scoring.”

-Dorian Finney Smith

THE ART OF BEING A GREAT TEAMMATE

“When you assist your teammates, you celebrate it. I love feeding them and getting them buckets. I like seeing them score the ball. Just keep doing that and having that mindset to have everybody else involved before themselves makes it better.”

-Jaden Ivey

Always be a great teammate

THERE’S NO NEED TO FEAR

“I talk to my guys about – if you’re going to be good, you’ve got to have a superpower. Maybe it’s defense, shooting, rebounding…hopefully it’s multiple things if you’re really good. And I think our superpower is our camaraderie and our togetherness.”

-Brad Brownell

NEXT PLAY

“Your performance can’t be based on how you’re playing offensively and we all have a little bit of that. If I miss free throws or I miss a jump shot or I missed the layup, all of a sudden you’re not with us now. It can’t be that way. That’s not this game. You’re gonna miss more shots than you make. You’re gonna make some turnovers.”

-John CaliparI

Miss a shot, so what.

Sprint back on defense and play lock-down defense.

Move on. Concentrate on the next possession.