Purdue 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Purdue Boilermakers - Big Ten (21-11, 9-7)
Seed: #9 - Midwest Region
Big Wins: 1/27 Illinois (64-47), 2/7 Michigan State (62-38), 2/15 Indiana (81-68)
Bad Losses: 12/28 at Indiana State (70-89), 1/3 at Minnesota (59-65), 2/21 at Iowa (59-78)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2003, Second Round loss to Texas
Coach: Matt Painter (0-1 in 1 NCAA appearance)
Probable Purdue Starters:
David Teague, Senior, Guard, 14.3 ppg, 2.0 apg, 5.1 rpg
Chris Kramer, Freshman, Guard, 6.6 ppg, 2.5 apg
Keaton Grant, Freshman, Guard, 4.5 ppg, 1.9 apg
Gordon Watt, Sophomore, Forward, 7.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Carl Landry, Senior, Forward, 18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Purdue:
Tarrance Crump, Junior, Guard, 5.6 ppg, 1.9 apg
Chris Lutz, Sophomore, Guard, 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg
Marcus Green, Sophomore, Guard, 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Carl Landry leads Purdue with 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. The 6-7 senior is an extremely effective scorer and will step out and hit the mid-range jumper. Shooting 72.3% from the charity helps out the Boilermakers immensely, especially since Landry goes to the line 8.3 times per game. The only player to win three consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week awards does have a bad side though. Landry can become too perimeter orientated against a shot blocking opponent and he has a habit of turning the ball over at inopportune times.
The Boilermakers only have two consistent scoring threats, but Landry and David Teague are good ones. Teague is a great outside shooter, but can get to the basket as well. However, it is his defensive skills that make him such a valuable piece of Coach Matt Painter’s puzzle. Point guard Tarrance Crump lost his starting job the day the non-conference season ended, but the junior will display some nice moves on his way to the basket and will dish to one of his teammates or occasionally finish the job himself.
Why Purdue Can Disappoint:
With Landry on the floor, Purdue should be a good rebounding team, but they are not. Despite leading the team in rebounds, Landry has been somewhat disappointing on the glass and it is not because somebody else is picking off his rebounds. Gordon Watt is undersized to play the four and the bench is non-existent as far as big men go.
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Who To Watch:
The backcourt has some depth and Chris Kramer, Chris Lutz, Keaton Grant and Marcus Green will all share minutes. Kramer, a 6-3 freshman, has become a surprisingly good scorer and a decent rebounder out of the backcourt. The sharpshooting Lutz is good for a long ball or two per game. Grant may not have helped out as much as hoped during his freshman campaign, but can be the third scorer for the Boilermakers…just not on a consistent basis. Green lacks the consistency as well, but is a great athlete and a good rebounder.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.9 (150th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.0 (53, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.2 (72, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.4 (104, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.3 (188, 9)
Rebound Margin: 1.1 (140, 8)
Assists Per Game: 13.8 (145, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.2 (144, 8)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Arizona
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