By Jay Jacobs for WVUsports.com
January 14, 2011 10:02 PM
MSN’s Jay Jacobs offers his five keys for West Virginia when it faces eighth-ranked Purdue Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum in a nationally televised game on CBS:
1. Patience on offense – The Mountaineers have to make Purdue defend them and they’re not going to do that with quick shots.
2. Ball toughness – West Virginia has to make good decisions because Purdue is physical; they will get up in you and over-play you. Officiating will be very important in this game because Purdue is so big and physical and they will knock you off your curls and cuts to the basket.
3. Rebound the basketball at both ends of the floor – West Virginia gave up 25 offensive rebounds against Providence on Thursday night and that’s a major concern with Purdue.
4. Limit E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson’s offensive production – You can’t let them just go out and have a free hand in scoring the basketball. Moore averages 20 points per game and Johnson averages 18 so you’re talking about 38 points right there. Their other three starters are all pretty good, but they’re in that 6-7 point range and if they become heroes in this game then you can’t win.
5. Control the dribble penetration – They have three or four guys who can really get out - Lewis Jackson is one of them and Ryne Smith also does well in the open court. Their guards have good assist-to-turnover ratios and they don’t turn it over.
This is a very good basketball team; they’re 10-deep. They are very good defensively and they can play the entire floor. They guard awful hard, at least they did to West Virginia out there last year. Purdue will take you out of all of your sets and that’s why it comes back to patience. West Virginia needs to remain patient and pass the basketall.
I look for a terrific game here at the Coliseum on Sunday.