Purdue Basketball: Matt Painter's Boilermakers Need To Get Back to Basics

James EvensCorrespondent INovember 22, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20:  Lewis Jackson #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers drives against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia Commonwealth won 94-76 in regulation.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Purdue Boilermakers made it to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game—barely. They won their first two games by a combined nine points, before losing to Alabama by nine.

They also won a close game at home against High Point, which scared a lot of Boilermakers fans. 

The fact of the matter is that Purdue needs to get back to the basics, and what made them Purdue.

The days of having JaJuan Johnson on the post to bail the Boilermakers out is over. Sandi Marcious, Jacob Lawson and Travis Carroll just aren't ready yet to make that kind of production.

Taking high-percentage shots is going to be important for the Boilermakers to succeed this season.

Terone Johnson is a big offender on this one. Although he is developing into a great player, some of the shots he takes are just mind boggling. 

Purdue is shooting 44 percent from the floor this season, a number that needs to go up in order for the Boilermakers to succeed.

It seems as though this team lives and dies by the three-point ball this year.

For the three-point shot to carry the team, however, you need a distraction in the post, something Purdue has yet to come by and will get killed for come Big Ten season.

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Terone Johnson #0 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots against the St. Peter's Peacocks in the first half during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
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It was good for this team to play a team like Alabama early. Bama is a strong defensive team something Purdue needs to get used to. 

Not only does Purdue need to get back to the fundamentals offensively, but defensively as well. 

Against fast-paced teams, Purdue is lacking, but against a more fundamental old-school basketball team they are okay.

It's time for Purdue to work on their transition defense and get back to what they do so well.

There is a reason that the Paint Crew has a sign that says Defense Lives Here. 

For this Purdue team to succeed, they will need to play strong defense and defend against running teams, the talent is there, but the chemistry is not yet.

Surely Painter will get this team to midseason form, but right now, it's not looking promising for Purdue as this team looks mediocre at best.

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