December 6, 2006

Five questions on Boilermaker hoops

Missouri's major success has come in forcing teams to play at its tempo. What speed does Purdue want to play at and can they handle an up and down streetball type of game?

Purdue can play either way - halfcourt or full - probably equally well.

It can handle an up-tempo type of game, as it's pretty deep and talented on the perimeter now, and its post men aren't traditional plodders can get up the floor pretty comfortably.

Point guard Tarrance Crump is as fast and quick a player as you'll see out there. He blew up against DePaul in the Maui Invitational, scoring 20 in a highly paced game. He really has the potential to change the tempo of a game in an instant.

Purdue pressures the ball full-court and looks to get out in transition whenever possible, with its aggressive defense often sparking its transition offense.

It has done a good job this season, I think, dictating the pace of games.

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