Matt Painter Show Highlights | 11/14/22
In reference to Purdue’s offensive struggles against Austin Peay:
Both teams we played were quite athletic and I thought they had a good size. I thought Austin Peay’s two great players were really good players, but I thought our defense was better…we have a young team and often with a young team they play through their offense. The fact that we kept playing, we kept defending and we were able to get this victory. There’s a tendency to fall into this trap when you’re struggling to shoot the ball, you’re getting down, you don’t have the energy you need, and I thought our guys were pretty good at that .
Analysis: It was good to see Purdue continue to go into the pit that was Zach Edey against Austin Peay as the whole team struggled to shoot the ball. What Coach Painter is talking about here is something he’s often talked about when the ball doesn’t go in for some players that they allow that to have an effect on their defensive effort and intensity. Austin Peay’s game was good for showing that Purdue can ride Edey for an entire game as long as those other aspects aren’t affected.
In reference to Edey’s shot attempts (he had 13 in each of the first two games):
“We miss Zach Edey a lot. We have guys who can pass and know what’s going on and miss it. Guys just aren’t used to passing because they’re young… »
“I think there are a lot of variables that come into play. If you give it like a hard number and say, ‘Hey, you know you want to shoot 15 times’, sometimes it won’t be there. Maybe he’ll just pass all the time. What you want to do is make the right decision; so if they stay one-on-one, we want to be aggressive and score. If they’re going to double, we want him to take his time and get out of that double team and rotate them; so I don’t like to come up with a number and say, “Hey, I want you to take 20 hits or 25 hits or 15 hits or whatever” because now you’re getting into doing something and not really read things and make good decisions. Zach did a good job bouncing back, it’s the one thing you can still do; you can still rebound, you can still defend, you can still run on the ground, and you can still do the little things and communicate. Sometimes the other sides, especially the goalscorers, just don’t offer as many opportunities in certain games.
Analysis: Edey will be option 1, 2 and 3 when down offensively. This is going to be especially true at the start of a game so coaches can determine how an opponent is going to defend Zach. Zach has shown a better ability to figure out what to do when the ball goes into the post, especially when an opponent sends in a double team that forces Zach to find the open man on the arc for a pass.
In reference to Zach Edey being the focal point of the attack:
“I’m going to sign a lot and I see things and I’m like, ‘you know what this team needs; a talk about who the best player is. Obviously the guy I’m going to see is normally the best player and so you go to a high school game and a high school team really understands that this guy is the best player they just have to understand that with Zach that’s it they’ll say “I kicked the ball inside 6 times “well throw it 12 times. Get them to defend it, get them to cover this and now when they do things are just going to open up for you and you’re going to have so many more opportunities because of it .
Analysis: It repeats itself, doesn’t it? Edey is the most dominant player in the country this year. There’s no one in the college game who can effectively defend him one-on-one for 40 minutes if he’s able to establish a position within 8 feet of the bucket. This kind of player deserves to receive the ball 20 to 30 times per game.
In reference to Fletcher Loyer’s minutes, shots and lack of turnovers:
“It’s great because like he puts the ball inside he hasn’t shot it well yet. I know he got that half in the second half of Game 1 against Milwaukee; really well shot, but really once he gets down to it and gets into a rhythm
“I trust him, he’s a good player, you know. You just have to understand the time and the score; you have to understand where you are and who you are; but if we just have to keep things under control in terms of understanding when to go, when not to go, when to take shots, when not to take shots, but we get some good shots like the shots that Fletch took He probably got two shots he got taken so far that I felt like he probably shouldn’t have taken, but for the most part I like the ones he takes.
Analysis: The confidence that Coach Painter shows in Loyer is well deserved and he is a player who has the skills and IQ to be a high value player at Purdue. Can he counter the physicality of B1G with that trick and moxy that drew Painter to him? So far, all signs point to yes.
In reference to Edey’s improvement on the defensive side (6 blocked shots against Milwaukee):
“I think he is definitely better in defending against the ball screen. He’s really working on it. I think he’s also a little stigmatized, you know sometimes you’re so big and he struggles with that and with that he’s actually one of our best rebounders we’ve had here. He does a really good job bouncing out of his zone. I don’t think it’s going to be something where he’s constantly blocking shots like that, but I think he’ll have games like this throughout the year where he’s blocking shots. And even when you’re not blocking shots, if you can tweak some things, that really helps.
“Sometimes it’s good to get big and get walled up and have people tag on you, and then you get the chance to get the rebound as well.”
Analysis: The improvement in Edey’s defensive ability this season is evident. He seems to understand defensive concepts better but I think mobile big men who can shoot from 3 will give him tantrums sometimes. The key for Edey is really the other four guys on the pitch communicating and playing together.
In reference to ball screen defense:
“It’s really your start. If you go up and move around and they attack you while you’re going up in things, it’s really, really difficult. If you can set yourself up and level things up and get them to do more pull ups and hard 2s and really fall with your man. We’ve moved to a drop ball screen cover where you encourage them (the offense) to take that tough pull rather than going all the way to the edge. That’s why you see a lot of these reverse lobs now. Because people are down and these big ones that dive and get behind them, and now they can lob right over their head. You need precision and timing on these passes. But the guys are working on it but it’s better (drop in coverage).
“The ball screen defense is not two people. It’s not the ball defender and the big guy, it’s the five people. You have to get help from some people and that’s the only thing the drop does is if it’s played correctly and it’s not exposed, now you don’t need any more help this guy drop/dive because he doesn’t. not behind you. So now these players who are raising in the corners from behind, they can stay with their guy and not help because you don’t need it…Does Zach need my help here? Doesn’t he need my help here? Sometimes when you’re up against teams that aren’t very skilled, you’re just giving a lot of help. When you play against more skilled teams you want to show a lot of help, but you’re not going to give much because you don’t want to give those three penetrating kicks.
Analysis: It’s a great insight from Coach Painter into the team’s philosophy on how they look to defend the high-ball screens that Purdue has struggled with in recent seasons. Since Edey has done so well on the offensive end establishing position early to get easy buckets, he needs to get the job done early in a possession so he doesn’t get into a bad position and be behind a play. of his height and especially when things are rushing late in a clock, but as Coach Painter said, sometimes the best thing to do is wall off and be big.