Purdue basketball team had an unsatisfactory Senior Day losing 71-68 in overtime to Rutgers, dropped it to a sub 500 league play to end the season, which may have eliminated it from NCAA Tournament contention. This wasn’t like any grinder type basketball game that neither team could score in,” head coach Matt Painter said. The game saw a lot of action through free throws all the way through the match up, being able to acquire to the free-throw line and convert was huge,” Painter said in a statement.
Both Purdue basketball team (16-15, 9-11 Big Ten) and Rutgers (20-11, 11-9) made use of the free throws to tie the game or take the lead. The Boilermakers sank 81% of free throws while Rutgers made 57%. It was the free throw from a sophomore guard Eric Hunter Jr. which sent the game into overtime, but he missed the second free throw that might have secured them a win.
Purdue basketball team The Boilermakers established a lead early in the first half that the Scarlet Knights quickly chased and surpassed. The Knights were able to hold on to that lead for most of the half, despite many attempts from the Boilers to close the gap. A jumper from Rutgers and a missed buzzer-beater from senior forward Evan Boudreaux sealed Purdue’s fate in overtime. Purdue was able to pull slightly ahead after a dunk from Matt Haarms a junior center when he propelled the team forward. Then the lead changed once again. Neither team was ever able to maintain a substantial lead, and that lead changed 11 times in the game.
Purdue’s defense struggled to block Rutgers from both inside and outside of the paint. The Scarlet Knights ended the game with a field-goal percentage of 44%. Purdue basketball team0 ended the game at 34%. The Boilers spent the first half of the game getting out-rebounded. In the second half, they found more rebounds but were still unable to get more than the Knights. Purdue ended the game with 39 rebounds compared to Rutgers 42. Hunter said in a statement that it is a pretty big chance to miss out on when it’s closing up the regular season,”.
When asked at the end of his press availability on Saturday afternoon about whether the Purdue basketball team had to win the Big Ten Tournament to earn an at-large NCAA Tournament bid, Painter’s answer was simple he straightforwardly said yes. Then he was asked if he thought his team was capable of winning he said: “If we win four in a row we can.”So, the tournament that starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday for Purdue, may dictate how fans evaluate this season’s success or lack thereof. The game got off to a quick start after Sasha Stefanovic a sophomore guard sank a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the game. The Purdue basketball team continued their effort to make 3-pointers throughout the half but were able to find opportunities to attempt such shots. Purdue struggled to outrebound its opponent with only 13 rebounds to Rutger’s 23.