UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sometimes, Jaden Ivey seems to keep the game on a wire.
It’s the thrill, and the danger, of it all.
With 9:18 remaining in sixth place Purdue’s Win 93-84 against number 18 North Carolina during Saturday’s Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, the Tar Heels finally found a way to take the lead – their first – against a team of hunters. Talented Marquette switch Dawson Garcia hit 3 points from the wing, remaining time was 9:21 to make it 65-64.
Carolina doesn’t know it, but here’s the window. And it will close, in real time, in less than three minutes. After Zach Edey scored Purdue’s 1-1 equalizer from a foul on Purdue’s subsequent foul, UNC had a chance to take the lead again. Tar Heels’ guard, Kerwin Walton, missed three points.
And then Ivey turned the tables in a flash. He caught Walton’s miss near the bottom line, then pushed it to the floor. As Ivey continued toward the belt, he hit three UNC defenders into his area like a tractor beam.
Sasha Stefanovic – who sank four 3-pointers – ready, alone and waiting. Ivey unleashes a reverse pass. Splashing. Purdue is three.
Next Playback: UNC’s Caleb Love cannot be converted while moving inside. Ivey began to recover and resumed racing again. He’s burning until he’s not. He sent Carolina’s defenders back, but he stopped at the foul line and sent a pass to the left – Isaiah Thompson’s wide open in the corner. He has yet to take a shot.
Until now. Ivey’s pass hits Thompson in perfect stride. Up and – swish.
That’s 71-65 Purdue.
One more good metric: In the ensuing possession, Walton attempted to take the lead down to four with a strike close to the belt. Do not go. Purdue’s seven-foot-4 center-back Zach Edey, as he almost always does, interrupted the matter. Table Edey, pass to Thompson, who – hello! – Ivey followed him until he didn’t. Pass is done. Ivey makes contact and creates an awkward bucket on his leg when he makes contact. Free throws are good.
Purdue is now nine, Ivey gesturing to the crowd as if to say, “This is my game!” and North Carolina doesn’t know what happened. The game has been debunked. Purdue just takes back all that UNC worked. Ivey grew up on a Saturday, and the sequence above is one of the things that define this win.
“He’s made strides in that area,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Ivey’s departure. “He needs to be able to do it all the time. Any talented guy you’ve been with, they try to take on too much sometimes. And he has guys shooting at him, he’s got the size. measure him and he still needs to be aggressive but I just think they’re great passes Getting them to play with athletic guys who can attack the perimeter, make them – when it’s not there – playing on two feet and just doing something simple.Sometimes it’s a tough thing for a coach to get through.And both plays he does are just simple plays. ”
Simple, but effective and deflationary for UNC.
“He still has ways to go,” Painter said. “He can dominate a game through his pass. Sometimes it’s not always through his scoring.”
Painters have a number of special teams at Purdue; four of them finished the top 10 level at KenPom. The person he is coaching this season is fourth. He has never had a team shoot so high. This is possible. And not just because of Ivey, although he is an exceptional player who has many NBA The scouts present at the Mohegan Sun Arena convinced him that he would pick the lottery material 9 months from now.
“I’m just a better player,” Ivey said. “Just trying to get my teammates reading right. I’ve spent countless hours in the gym. I knew those would be the teams that were going to use me to score the ball. And I knew I was just trying to perform. Correct reading for my teammates.”
But consider the potential that Purdue could be the most comprehensive offensive team in the country. It ranks 2nd to Gonzaga at the present time, but unlike Gonzaga, Purdue is back in the early years. In the first half, not Ivey or Edey or the All-American preseason Trevion Williams who carried the load.
It’s seasoned goalscorer Sasha Stefanovic, who has 16 points and 4 assists. Stefanovic finished 23, while Ivey had 22 and Williams had 20. Painter told CBS Sports after the win that Williams was unlike any other player he has coached before in this regard: he has never Now someone starts a match so slowly it’s reliable to end it.
Williams is ranked in our top 10 best players in college basketball. But he didn’t even start; was he was big, and so was Edey, Painter didn’t put them both on the floor at the same time. So it was Edey who started. As anyone who knows basketball will tell you, timing matters how you finish. Williams is a closer one. After combining to score six points in 12 minutes with Edey in the first half, Williams effectively ended UNC’s hopes.
UNC cut the lead at Purdue to 74-72 with 6:39. At that point, Painter knew it was time for Williams to stay put for the rest of the game. On the first playthrough, he backs Garcia in the hand and gets a bucket. Ivey had a normal assist, available for Caleb Furst – who took another 3 for Boilers – and then it was Williams who solved the problem. He had 10 points and three rebounds in the last six minutes.
He’s a typical one to watch on the block. Flexible transitions, but a subtle touch and use of angles. His swing towards Garcia on the rock resulted in a glass-break kiss and put Purdue ahead 81-72 with a 4:59 finish that was a nail.
“Trevion Williams is a great driver – he’s never started a game well,” Painter said. “He’s never been consistent in the start, but I’ve never met someone who can have just one bad first half, then be the best player in college basketball in the second half. Like Like, he finishes the game and when everything just counts makes play after play. It’s amazing.”
Williams’ effect is absurd. He had 20 points in 13 minutes on Saturday. The painter said that his stat per 40 is equivalent to 60 points. During the off-season, he hit close to 30 points every 40 minutes. And then there’s the 7-4 Canadian, the only one in his fifth season playing organized basketball (and getting better).
Purdue’s potential is exciting. The performance this team put on Saturday, doubles as the first real test of the season. The Big Ten got off to a rough start, but boil-makers are an exception to that. The painter’s team is averaging 94.3 points and has an offensive rating of 116.2 – second best to Gonzaga at KenPom.com.
Painter said it’s not possible to average 90 for the season, but still: this could end up with a team as complete in terms of attack as he has been. Purdue had just two goals in the second half on Saturday. On defense, there are obviously concerns. And Painter said it was “impossible” to properly prepare for 5th place Villanova, who defeated number 17 Tennessee 71-53 in the first game of the Tip-Off Hall of Fame Tournament, turn-by-day, keep an eye out for that as the teams play Sunday for the championship game at Mohegan Sun.
Unusually, Purdue looks as strong as any team could have hoped for this season. At Ivey, they have a potential college superstar and the possibility of a sweepstakes. In Edey, they have the biggest human in college basketball. At Williams, they have one of the toughest and most reliable big boys in the country. In Stefanovic, they have 41 percent of their career 3-point AD carry, 53.3% in four games this season.
There’s no one like this team. Probably no one will be able to play or score like them.
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