The way the Purdue Boilermakers are playing basketball right now reminds me of the Chicago Bulls when they had Michael Jordan during their championship years. After the graduation of 7’2″ Center Isaac Hass last year, I thought that the Boilermakers would be average at best in the Big 10 conference this season. I will give credit to where credit is due and that is to Head Coach Matt Painter for painting a pretty picture in West Lafayette, without the aide of Hass, into a current overall record of 17-6 and second place in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-2 record, in addition to moving up to be ranked #12 in the nation on their current eight game winning streak.
Now the other teams have to worry about 7″3″ Sophomore Center Matt Haarms who can beat you any way you want. Also add in 6’6″ Sophomore Guard Nojel Eastern to give the Boilers plenty of ways that they can make steam and if you are not ready for it, then you will get run over by the train. If I was the Maryland Head Coach, I would be worried even though the game is on my home court this Tuesday, the Boilers can shoot the three ball with authority and if your not guarding them they will smack you right between the eyes with their accuracy and you will get tired easily if 6′ 6″ guard Ryan Cline is on his game that night. I think that the game will be interesting, but the Boilers will be blowing their whistle at the end of the night.