Nothing new here, but this really stuck out while I was watching Purdue vs. Wake tonight. Wake came out very physical and aggressive, but Purdue had the horses to fight back.
Purdue’s center J. Johnson had 21 points and 9 rebounds. PF R. Hummel had 11 points and 11 rebounds. PSU has nobody who can compete underneath like that.
Battle is as good as anybody in the B10 and that’s saying something with kids like M. Thompson (NW), Moore (Pur), Harris (UM), K. Lucas (MSU), and E. Turner (OSU). Frazier is young and will get schooled this year but he has a lot of potential. PSU is competitive with their guards.
Unfortunately PSU has very little to compete with down low. Jones & Brooks are not at the level of the top tier guys. Without good rebounding it is difficult to get the transition game going (not a good sign when your PG is your leading rebounder). Lack of a big defensive enforcer also puts a lot of pressure on the guards because they have to drop down to double team. That makes PSU vulnerable to the kick out 3 pointer.
Edwards has a powerful build so maybe he can develop. Borovnjak is PSU’s other hope, but it looks like he’ll need some time to get stronger.