12/27/2021 Boilermaker Water Cooler Chat: Calm Before the Storm Edition

Rants, ravings, and somewhat sensical opinions following the wild, wacky, and wide-wide world of Purdue sports.

This time of year, things begin to slow down a bit. As the sports calendar gets sparse, focus shifts from the the daily grind to the holiday schedule.

Spending time with Big Ten Network fades to spending time with your extended family. Chips and beer on the couch are traded for dinners and cake with your loved ones. Daydreams of Final Fours are traded for visions of sugar plums…

What I am saying is simple, this time of year is not about sports. This time of year is about catching your breath, amongst the hubbub of the holiday rush. This time of year is for perspective not about double-doubles. This time of year is about a glass of wine in a dimly lit room, as your Christmas tree glows in the corner.

While there has been much more important happenings going on this week, that is not what brings you here. You’re here to talk Boiler Sports-things and, there was a smattering of that.

The Game:

Purdue took on, and swiftly defeated Carson Cunningham’s Incarnate Word 79-59, in a game which was much more lopsided than the final score indicated. Purdue was firmly in control, and Coach Painter toyed with the lineups, as to not embarrass the former Purdue great’s team.

Photo: Mark Elsner

Zach Edey led the way with 13 points, in a game which he could have scored 100. Every touch seemed like a good look and nobody had the ability to stop him. Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams, and Mason Gillis all scored in double digits, as Thopson and Stefanovic each added 8, leading to a balanced scoring output.

Overall this was a very balanced game, which leant itself to a relatively frustration free game. The only real frustrations came from the cringeworthy flopping spectacle that Incarnate Word performed every time they were touched. All of that aside, the game was a laugher, as it should have been.

What Went Well:

  • Lionel Ritchie would be proud…: Because this game was easy like Sunday morning. Anytime Purdue wins soundly without heartburn, is a good day in my books.
  • Double em Up: Purdue won the rebound total 46-23. That is a recipe for success.
  • Efficiency: Trevion Williams 12 points on 7 shots is an efficient output. This is the type of performance which we have grown to expect and love.

Opportunities for Improvement:

  • Tie em up: The turnover battle between the two games was a dead even 11 on each side. Not the type of performance that a powerhouse Purdue team should be garnering.
  • 8 of 15: From the free throw line will get Purdue beaten in March. Keep that in mind.

Big Man on Campus:

Mason Gillis has gotten his feet underneath him at this point of the year. He is making the hustle and custodial plays needed to bring a spark to this team. Oh, Gillis also gave an Incarnate Word player such a viciously ferocious look, that the player literally hit the ground.

Hell, the officials nearly called a flagrant foul on it. That’s how badass this look was. Only after replay showed that Gillis didn’t even touch him, did the officials try to save face by calling a double technical.

Either way, that is the grit that Purdue needs. Love the Intensity!

A Look Ahead:

The Boilermaker Basketball team continues to wind the rest of the year out with another home game against the Nicholls State Colonels on Thursday 12/29. Nicholls is a relatively strong program, nearly beating Wisconsin this year. After that, its B1G only games going forward!

The Football team has its long awaited away Bowl Game against Tennessee in the Music City Bowl. The game, going down on 12/30, sees Purdue as a slight dog. George Karlaftis and David Bell will not be playing but the weather could be in the 70s. Buckle your seat belts, folks!

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Blending the passion of a sports fan with years of media experience, Ben Kolodzinski is a unique personality for ISC Purdue. Since the 2017-18 NCAA seasons, Ben has written weekly columns for ISC, with a style that can only be described as snarky, irreverent, and often times irrelevant. A 2008 graduate from Purdue West Lafayette, Kolodzinski has worked for several local and regional media outlets. Best known for his television and radio work at Lakeshore Public Media (Lakeshore Public Television, and 89.1 The Lakeshore), Kolodzinski helped grow Northwest Indiana's only nightly news show Lakeshore News Tonight, along with The Region's only local sports shows Prep Sports Report, and Prep Football Report. As of 2022, Kolodzinski hosts Lakeshore Gamenight, a prep football radio show and cohosts Lakeshore PBS Scoreboard, a prep football TV highlight show. Kolodzinski is known, locally, for having a fun loving and gregarious personality, and for attempting to inject humor into his reporting... sometimes successfully.

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