The Dagger asked an assistant coach whose team faced Purdue and one whose team faced Duke to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their former opponent. The coaches were granted anonymity to assure honesty.
An opposing coach on Purdue:
"They're a completely different team without Robbie [Hummel]. Before most of their sets were distributed between E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson and Robbie and the other guys filled in where they could. Now it's two-dimensional instead of three and you become a lot easier to guard ... It's no secret in our league how to guard them. You try to get Johnson away from the basket in a situation where he's not catching the ball on the low block. And then put your best guy on E'Twaun Moore. That's the best way to defend them is to zero in on those guys ... They get up into you on defense for 40 minutes. It's the first thing on the scouting report for every team that plays Purdue: Handle the pressure. You want to have multiple guys who can bring the ball up theRead More »from Know thy enemy: Opposing coaches size up Purdue vs. Duke