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Big Ten Conference Tournament Team Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

 

Purdue Boilermakers:  25-6 (14-4)  #2 seed

 

The Purdue Boilermakers had a fantastic 2010 campaign, though it ended on a bittersweet note. After getting upset by the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road in the final regular season game, head coach Matt Painter was named the Big Ten coach of the year, and JaJuan Johnson was named the Big Ten player of the year.

Individual awards do not a great team make, but it has helped the Boilermakers to a very solid regular season, and a likely two or three seed in the NCAA tournament.

Even without the services of Robbie Hummel, the Boilermakers were able to beat four of the six top 25 teams they faced, and they were the only other team besides Wisconsin that was able to take down the Ohio State Buckeyes this season.

Purdue is a pretty solid offensive team, and they are led by the scoring and rebounding of senior forward JaJuan Johnson.

Johnson has improved every single year that he has been at Purdue, and capped off his career by averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. He is a long forward who has a ton of pro potential, and he will be hard to handle in the tournament. Johnson has ten double-doubles on the season, and has scored more than 20 points 20 times this season. He is a consistent performer, and the Boilermakers will rally behind him, their senior leader.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.