Purdue’s Matt Painter sees new challenges with Indiana and new coaching staff – The Daily Hoosier
Purdue head coach Matt Painter has passed the Archie Miller era with flying colors. In fact, he’s succeeded with a perfect 7-0 record against IU the past four seasons.
So if Indiana has anything to do against the No. 4 Boilermakers on Thursday (7 p.m. / FS1), the misunderstanding element could be high on the list. Although Painter had Miller’s number, he never faced new IU head coach Mike Woodson, someone the 17-year-old Boilermakers coach and Indiana native said he had. watched and imitated as a young boy.
What does Painter see as different between Miller’s and Woodson’s teams?
It starts with a more aggressive defense.
“Well, obviously they’re pretty deep, they’ve got a lot of new material, they can play in different ways,” Painter said Wednesday.
“They have guys who have really bought into the defense and they can put a lot of pressure on the ball. They’ll take passes, their big guys are athletic, they can play passing lanes and block shots. Very, very active defensively. They have active hands, get a lot of deflections, so you have to be strong with the ball. You have to really cut hard so you can get your grips where you want them because they do a good job of getting you out of there or pushing you further.
On the offensive side, three-point shooting was a major shortcoming for Indiana during Miller’s time in Bloomington. Painter took note of how Indiana is working to integrate its new shooters into the offense.
“It kind of depends on the timing of the game and how the game is going in terms of the spacing (that Indiana is able to generate),” Painter said. “(Parker) Stewart can really shoot, obviously we know Miller Kopp’s ability to shoot the basketball.
“But they had other guys who got up in particular games and knocked down threes. Maybe their overall numbers aren’t great from three, but they have the ability to get hot, knock down three or four, so you know it’s going to be a total team effort.
While Painter will have his team aware of the Indiana shooters, his game plan will most likely focus on slowing down Indiana star Trayce Jackson-Davis.
In the past, Painter has varied his approach against Jackson-Davis, doubling some but not all the time, and varying where the double teams come from. During the game at Bloomington last year, Purdue started trapping the post more aggressively in the final 10 minutes of the second half.
Whatever the approach this year, Jackson-Davis will be a priority for Painter and his defense.
“I think overall you need to know where Trayce Jackson-Davis is at all times,” Painter said.
“He’s so good, so fast and athletic that he sometimes puts you in a bind. Sometimes when you play against big players it’s the adjustment in the game. Can you adjust after the first five minutes? Can you adjust to halftime? Or are you ready to play and you understand how good he goes both ways even though he prefers to go left?
“It’s always difficult. He’s one of those guys that sometimes knows exactly what’s coming and he always does and I think that’s kind of a real test for a player is when you know what’s coming comes and still marks on you.
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