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Purdue basketball loss: anomaly or sign of things to come

Purdue's third loss of the season was a major upset. Matt Painter notes the mistakes made and looks to improve.

Purdue's head coach, Matt Painter, reflected on what went wrong for the Boilermakers in their third loss of the season. The defeat against Ohio State raised questions about whether it was an isolated incident in a demanding season or a sign of potential future struggles.

The Boilermakers' offense, known for its ability to overpower opponents with Zach Edey's presence and the open shots it generates, was stifled by Ohio State. This led to a 73-69 loss at Value City Arena, despite Purdue's flawless 20-for-20 free throw performance.

Zach Edey, who turned the ball over six times and faced early foul trouble, was unable to make his usual impact due to Zed Key's defensive prowess. This limited Purdue's ability to capitalize on 3-pointers, resulting in a season-low of just nine attempts.

The Buckeyes capitalized on Purdue's miscues, scoring 22 points off 14 turnovers. Even though Purdue managed to tie the game late, Ohio State's Bruce Thornton and Jamison Battle's combined 41 points secured the win.

Matt Painter acknowledged that turnovers and points off turnovers were crucial factors in the loss. However, he remains confident in the team's ability to bounce back, citing previous setbacks against Northwestern and Nebraska where Purdue responded positively.

Despite the frustration, Purdue remains resolute and focused on the challenges ahead. Zach Edey emphasized the team's confidence and determination to overcome obstacles, signaling a mindset of resilience and determination within the locker room.

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