After losing to Iowa by 33 on Friday, Chicago State concluded their Big Ten weekend with a 69 point loss at the hands of Purdue Sunday evening in West Lafayette.
The Boilermakers were up by 21 at the half and then outscored the Cougars 52-14 in the last 20 minutes to come away with an easy victory.
Though the Cougars aren’t the most talented bunch, Purdue did a lot of good things that will transfer to more meaningful games.
Let’s take a look at what we learned from the game.
What We Learned
1. Carsen Edwards can score
If the sophomore guard can score 15 a night for the Boilermakers, they are going to be a very tough team to stop. After an inconsistent rookie year, Edwards put a lot of time in the gym this summer and played very well for the U19 USA National team in Egypt.
The sophomore had a game-high 25 points on Sunday and shot 10-of-13 from the field, and 4-of-6 from 3-point land in 19 minutes. Last year, Edwards seemed to play out of his comfort zone and force things on offense. In the first two regular season games of 2017, he’s played within himself and it’s making a huge difference.
2. Isaac Haas and Matt Haarms will be a problem down low
It’s not very often you see a team with a 7-foot-2 big man and then another one coming off the bench. With the departure of Caleb Swanigan, there’s a lot of questions concerning whether or not Haas can handle the load in the frontcourt.
In limited action on Sunday, Haas made the most of his time on the floor scoring 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds with 3 blocks. Haarms, a 7-foot-3 freshman from the Netherlands, had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks coming off the bench.
These two compliment each other down low, but the main issue is if they can stay out of foul trouble. Haas had problems with fouls in the past, and it will be important for both him and Haarms to stay on their feet and not get sucked in to making dumb fouls.
3. Balance, Balance, Balance
While the three guys I mentioned all had solid performances, they weren’t the only ones who stuffed the stat sheet.
Dakota Mathias had 16 points, PJ Thompson had 16, and Vincent Edwards chipped in 15 to help pace the Boilermakers. The trio combined for 12-of-18 from behind the arc.
Last year, all eyes were on Swanigan has he did a little bit of everything on the offensive end. The Boilermakers don’t have a Swanigan type option this winter, but they have plenty of guys who can put the ball in the bucket in different ways.
It seemed like Purdue was playing 5 on 0 during the game, which counts as an extra practice in a way. But in games like these, good teams are suppose to dominate and Coach Painter’s group did just that.
The Boilermakers will experience problems without a player with Swanigan’s caliber, but they’re in good hands with the talent and depth they possess.