The Bird Level
Indiana State Sycamores (1-0) vs. #7 Purdue Boilermakers (1-0)
Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, IN
Friday, November 12th, 2021
8:30pm EST Tip
Cant disagree with this one bit. Purdue is talented, experienced and big. And Mackie is not an easy place to go in and win at.I just want to come out of this game healthy and make it respectable… Going on the road and beating a really good Purdue team with our roster that just all played together for the first time - not going to happen. It’s just not. Play hard - keep it respectable and move on. That’s where I’m at with it.
The name of the game this year will be improvement. While there were areas of weakness on Tuesday, overall I came away way more impressed than I was disappointed. If we can come out against Purdue and I can see a point of emphasis on those weak areas that were exposed on Tuesday; then I'll be happy. Not saying the results will show improvement (PU is a top 10 team for crying out loud) but if there is conscious effort to fix those areas I'll chalk it up as a "W".
One area of the game where we will struggle mightily is down low. Between the 7'4" Edey and 6'10" Williamson (who killed us last year) we have absolutely no counter for that unless Tucker is just a defensive stopper that we don't know about yet.
It’ll be interesting how we approach their size. I would agree that Tucker needs to play quite a bit, but maybe us playing small ball will throw Purdue out of rhythm. We’ll see.Tucker only played six minutes Tuesday. He's gotta play more than that, unless he doesn't work hard or do what they want. We really need him out there.