Purdue Basketball: Robbie Hummel Once Again Saves Purdue: Free Throws Hurt

James EvensCorrespondent INovember 17, 2011

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: Robbie Hummel #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers celebrates a basket against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Championship game of the Pre-Season NIT tournament on November 28, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Purdue basketball was once again saved by Robbie Hummel, who made a game-winning three pointer, in a 91-90 win against a tough Iona squad.

This was the type of game that Purdue fans are not used to. It was more reminiscent of an NBA game and was fast-paced, back and forth. 

With Iona running the court, Purdue had a tough time stopping them, and it was only late in the game when they seemed to have their defense figured out.

Hummel led the Boilermakers with 24 points, including 4-9 from beyond the arc. Hummel was the lifeblood of the team in this one, slicing and dicing his way through defenders and playing great defensively. 

What this game showed the most though, was the crack in the armor of this Purdue squad. 

Purdue is struggling with fundamentals, which generally is not a problem for a Matt Painter-led team, but seems to be an issue right now.

The Boilermakers were only 11-20 from the free throw line, including two huge misses towards the end of regulation that could have cost them the game.

Also, rebounding was an issue. Although the offensive rebounding was decent in the first half, Purdue still did not win the rebound battle, which is something that needs to happen for the Boilermakers to be successful.

Overall, this team is still building and still trying to find its identity.

Look for Purdue to struggle towards the beginning of the season and continue to find out who they are, but when they do, watch out. 

This team really does have some serious talent, and if they can get their chemistry down, along with some post play, they could be really dangerous come March.