Purdue-Tennessee: Paradise Jam Final in 140 Characters or Less

Tim CarySenior Analyst INovember 24, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 15:  (L-R) E'Twaun Moore #33 and JaJuan Johnson #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers sit next to the scorer's table as they wait to enter the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the final of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I love covering sports on Twitter.  What I don't love quite as much?  Losing followers right and left because I send out hundreds of tweets in a two-hour time span.

With that predicament in mind, I'm taking a different approach for tonight's Top-10 showdown between Purdue and Tennessee in the Paradise Jam final.  I'll be providing instant analysis and commentary in tweet-sized nuggets, but I'll post them all at once instead of flooding my Twitter timeline with every last thought.

(Warning: this is coming from my Purdue-fan perspective.  Hopefully Volunteer supporters can appreciate it nonetheless.)

(Warning No. 2: I didn't put much score information in.  Purdue led 42-41 at halftime and won 73-72...but there's not a lot of room for scoreboard mentions in Twitter-sized updates!)

(Warning No. 3: all times listed are number of minutes remaining in that half.)


19:30    Keaton Grant, please throw outlet passes to your own team.  Thank you.

19:00    JaJuan Johnson, please make your free throws.  Thank you.

18:45    Tennessee tries a back-cut; if executed properly,  it’s a good way to loosen up Purdue’s defense.

18:30    How long before anyone makes a field goal?  Halftime?

18:15    Or not.  Tennessee leads 2-1 on a way-too-easy layup.

17:15    Tyler Smith just posterized Chris Kramer.  You can find that on YouTube tomorrow.

16:45    JaJuan Johnson with the rebound and the putback.  Purdue & rebounding don’t always go together.

16:30    Kelsey Barlow just checked in.  Kelsey Barlow just traveled.  Come back, LewJack.

16:00    Purdue’s five guys deep. Barlow, Bade, Smith, & Byrd can help, but not yet. Not consistently.

15:30    Hummel pump fake and mid-range floater.  Good sign: his offense has been streaky at best this year.

15:00    Another turnover.  Good thing Boilers are forcing some, because they’re giving the ball away almost every trip.

14:45    Kelsey Barlow with the “and-one” move off glass!  From redshirt candidate to sixth man in a week.

14:30    And here’s the press.  Purdue’s struggled against pressure the last few years.

14:00    Wow – Barlow to JJ for the 3-on-2 alley-oop. That’s how you break a press, highlight-style.

13:30    Mark Wohlford has checked in.  09-10 Wohlford = 08-09 Bobby Riddell? Discuss.

13:00    Purdue playing well and only leading 12-11.  This scares me.

12:55    Then again, I’m pretty much scared of everything.

12:50    Johnson just got his second foul. Big problem for a not-so-deep-especially-in-post team.

12:45    Back-to-back triples for the Vols.  

11:45    And now fellow front-line man Bade has two fouls.  Five-guard lineup, here we come…

11:40    Another turnover. Purdue’s getting into the holiday giving spirit a bit early, if you ask me.

11:25    Three fouls on Bade.  Oh boy.  Has he even been out there three minutes yet? 

11:10    12-ft jumpers in lane for E’Twaun Moore = layups for everyone else.  Easy.

10:30    Horrible foul call on UT alley-oop. Kramer took charge to no avail, Grant called for swipe up top.

10:00    Jumpers for E’Twaun Moore=lay… oh wait, we said that already.  Still true.

9:45    Barlow misses the front end.  Free throws in practice tomorrow, Coach?

9:10    E’Twaun Moore from 22 feet = amazing.  He’s keeping Purdue in it single-handedly.

9:00    Pressure still giving Purdue problems, even just trying to inbound.   How many timeouts do we get?

8:45    Tennessee just got their 107th three-point play of the game.  Or something like that.

8:20    Patrick Bade from 17 ft = probably should have passed to E’Twaun Moore.

8:00    Ryne Smith looks like he’s learned floor burns from Chris Kramer.  I like it.

7:00    Which number will be higher? Tonight’s fouls or costume changes at last night’s AMAs? Discuss.

6:45    Robbie Hummel for three!   It’s about time.  Or would that be “It’s about stinking time”?

6:30    Memo to Ryne Smith.  Please don’t foul three-point shooters. You’re a three-point shooter: you should know this.

6:30    And there’s the FIRST five-second call against Purdue. Notice I didn’t say “ONLY”.

6:00    Good press break for Purdue, finished with a layup. More of that, please?

4:40    Hummel and Moore have missed makeable jumpers the last two trips. When they’re not scoring, Purdue’s in trouble.

4:00    Whew, finally a break.  End-to-end action, Purdue down 4.  Considering foul trouble, not too bad.

3:20    Scoring from Chris Kramer.  Purdue fans define this as “a nice bonus”.

2:30     Frantic doesn’t begin to describe the pace at this point.

2:20    E’Twaun Moore just took a ten-foot baseline pull-up while only five feet from the rim.  Oops.

1:15    Hummel rediscovers his shooting stroke, at least momentarily.   Will it last?

1:00    My wife just said, “Somebody play some defense”. I concur wholeheartedly.
00:15    The Boilers listened to my wife.  Shot-clock violation, Tennessee.  Thanks, wife.

00:00    E’Twaun Moore beats the buzzer and gives Purdue a one-point lead.  I like this.

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Halftime: Purdue 42, Tennessee 41


18:30    Giving up four quick points to start the half – not what I (or Painter, I’m guessing) had in mind.

18:15    Letting E’Twaun Moore shoot as often as he wants – exactly what I have in mind. Good from downtown!

17:45    Every time JJ takes a deep jumper, I cringe.  Unless he makes it, like just now.

17:21    It took Johnson exactly 159 seconds of second-half action to pick up foul number three.  Joy.

16:45    Mark Wohlford just made an off-balance 25-foot three-pointer. Never thought I’d type that sentence.

16:30    Too many layups for the Volunteers.  I’m ticked.  Guessing Painter is too.

16:25    In case you can’t tell, I’m like many fans in that I prefer to speak for the coach at all times.

16:00    Bad DJ Byrd: don’t give up a rebound so easily.  Good DJ Byrd: draw a charge seconds later.

15:45    Chris Kramer, you can miss those layups against Cal-State Northridge.  Not tonight.

15:30    Chris Kramer, all is forgiven. The floor burns leader just slid 30 feet and made a steal in the process! Highlight-reel!

14:45    Hummel swishes a three-pointer.  When his shot is on, the ball doesn’t even touch the rim.

14:30    Barlow’s floater swatted aside.  I could almost hear the defender say, “Don’t bring that soft stuff.”

14:00    Vols back on top, 53-52. Has there been a larger lead than 1 point in this back-and-forth game?

13:30    Tennessee’s Williams with a one-handed tip slam.  Highlight dunk #2 of the evening for the Vols.

13:00    Freshman=inconsistency.  Barlow’s D last trip down was horrible. This time? Picture-perfect.

12:15    Johnson with the one-handed jam!  I know what my computer desktop image will be tomorrow.

11:45     While the frosh aren’t ready yet, if Purdue makes a deep run in March, Painter will get a bunch of credit for throwing them to the wolves.

11:15    Barlow gets tangled up with a Volunteers player and tempers flare briefly.  Calm down, gentlemen.

11:05    And that was the worst inbounds pass of all-time. PURDUE hit UT on the dead run to their basket.  Ouch.

11:00    Another wasted timeout because of the Tennessee pressure. Hope Painter didn’t plan to use those later.

10:45    Hummel making a concerted effort to post up more.  Sadly, he’s still undersized against athletic Vol forwards.

10:35    And proving my genius, Hummel scores easily on block (albeit vs. a guard). I’ll shut up now.

10:15    Tennessee player falls down.  Purdue called for a foul (despite lack of contact).  Make-up call coming.

10:05    Make-up call.  That didn’t take long.

9:45    Barlow strong offensive board, then promptly dribbles ball out of bounds. The best of times, the worst of times…

9:30    Four fouls now for Johnson.  If Purdue’s bench is going to grow up quick, now’s the time.

 8:30    Kramer doing the little things.  Great rotation after Bade got beat, caused traveling whistle.

8:25    CK won’t show up in the stats for that, but it’s just as valuable as the steals he’s famous for.

8:00    Boilers down 59-58.  Offense running through Moore & Hummel every trip.  Still.

7:55    Just realized I’m wearing my Big Ten tourney champs T-shirt.  Good karma?

7:53    Just kidding…I don’t believe in karma.

7:50    Former Purdue football great Drew Brees just showed up on MNF halftime.  If only I believed in karma…

7:20    Moore 20 pts + Hummel 19 points + rest of team 23 points.  See why depth is concern?

6:20    E’Twaun Moore just ran an entire offensive possession by himself. Just like my PlayStation.

6:15    E’Twaun dribbled one way, then the other, cleared everybody out, and stuck a pull-up J with the clock dwindling.

5:50    Big drive from Vols to stop bleeding, cut lead to 3. Athletic teams can get to rim vs. Purdue.

5:20    EASY lay-in for Tyler Smith.  Did I mention that athletic teams can get to rim vs. Purdue?

4:45    5-pt lead for Purdue right back to 1, but Kramer hits huge 15-footer off dish from Moore.

4:00    Patrick Bade just drew his fourth foul.

3:55    And UT’s Williams misses the front end of a one-and-one.  Great foul, Bade.

3:35    JJ with the turnaround! Nice to have him back on the floor!

3:25    JJ with his fifth foul!  It was nice to have him back on the floor for that one trip!

3:15    In all seriousness, this is where I’m concerned about 09-10 Boilers. Getting Marcius back from injury will help.

3:15    My semi-prophetic tweet from pre-game: “Rebounding’s key. Also foul trouble. Boilers basically 5- deep.”
3:10    Wow, Moore drawing double-team 30 ft. from hoop as soon as he touches it.  That’s respect.

3:05    Begging the obvious question, can Hummel and company make the Vols pay?

3:00    Purdue up five.   Can their trademark defense close the deal?

2:25    Hummel dribbles the ball off his foot, dives on it, and Painter calls timeout.

2:25    Bruce Pearl is kindly asking the referee if Purdue had possession when Painter called time.

2:25    When I say kindly, I mean “quite animated and screaming at the top of his lungs”.

2:15    Purdue just missed three wide-open layups, one by Moore and two tips by Bade.  That sequence may come back to haunt them.

2:15    Admit to a great deal of amusement that Bruce Pearl is the one complaining about calls.  Whistles killed the Boilers early on.

2:03    And Pearl’s constant complaining pays off with an instant foul against Kramer.  Groan.

2:00    Two-minute warning.  Four-point game.  Where’s E’Twaun?

1:45    There he is.  Clear-out coming.

1:30    Hummel just missed a wide-open 15-footer.  All-Americans make that shot.

1:15    And Chism answers.  The lead is cut in half.

1:00    Purdue 72, Tennessee 70.  Here we go.

00:50    Kramer rejected from behind by Chism! Incredible defense.

00:40    Vols miss a wide-open three.  That would have put them on top. So close…

00:32    Hummel at the foul line, and he misses the first.  Bad time for that, in my humble opinion.

00:32    Bruce Pearl just called his second consecutive timeout: trying to ice the kicker, apparently.

00:32    Matt Painter is fired up in the huddle.  The Boilers have struggled in elite non-conference games lately.

00:32    After last year’s blowout loss to Duke and heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma, the Boilers have pointed to this game.

00:32    Hummel makes the second.  Three-point game.

00:17    Volunteers cut it to one on the drive by Bobby Maze.

00:17    Barlow at the line for Purdue.  Pressure situation for the freshman.

00:17    And he missed them both.

00:05    Chism misses the wide-open three off a botched defensive assignment!  Can’t get a better look than that!

00:02    Scramble for the rebound, and the Boilers corral it!  What a finish!

00:00    You’ll hear about this win during the seeding process in March.  Guaranteed.

00:00    Let’s get that trophy on the plane.

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