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Indianapolis – Purdue basketball started the season hot, 8-0 and the #1 team in the country for the first time in school history. Since then the Boilermakers have gone 4-2 with both losses to Big Ten teams. Former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel was the color commentator for the Boilers loss to Wisconsin on Monday night and joined JMV on Tuesday to try and explain why the team is struggling right now:

 

“I’m concerned about their defense. It’s lack of discipline, it’s missed assignments, it’s not doing exactly what they’re doing at shoot around and taking it to the game. There isn’t carryover. The Brad Davison 3 at the end of game, I watched those guys walk thru that play and they weren’t even close to getting it right. Jaden Ivey had no idea where Brad Davison was and that’s the 3 that put Purdue away. The only time I feel like Purdue really imposed their will defensively was vs NC State. They took it personally that they were driving the ball and they stole that game. I know they can score but in this league, whether it was when I was playing, or Matt Painter was playing, or when frickin’ Rick Mount was playing, physicality, toughness, it’s what the league is about and right now I don’t think Purdue is playing with that type of edge that you need if you want to win the league.”

 

Purdue will look to get back to .500 in Big Ten play as they head to Happy Valley to take on Penn State this Saturday. If you missed any of Robbie’s analysis not only on Purdue but who is at the top of the Big Ten, and what he thinks of IU Basketball so far, listen to the full interview below!