We'll have more later…but the thrashing that the Badgers just handed Purdue showed us how far Purdue has to go before being anything more than a punchline for the B1G.
So last year, Purdue played UND tough and lost in the closing minutes…but got worked by Wisconsin…BUT this season, they lose a close one to UND and get manhandled in Madison.
No steps forward…the backward momentum continues.
I heard another coach's first year being reviewed by some talking heads on EsPN…and they said that while the team wasn't winning a lot, the coach was setting a tone. Well, if Hazell is setting a tone, it sounds a lot like the brown note that Danny Hope's teams used to make.
The defense played their worst game of the season, Henry's accuracy and decision-making were, once-again, questionable…and that's the most- syrupy-sugar coating I can give it.
Purdue was out-manned at every position, out-coached, out-played and little more than a speed bump to Wisconsin's road graders. Sure, Wisconsin was angry…but Purdue showed it surely wasn't in the wake of the Notre Dame loss. They looked starry eyed and shocked as a seven point deficit quickly swelled and the game got out of hand in the second quarter.
So we're now four games into the third or fourth-straight season in which only die-hards can even stomach Purdue games versus the conference's elite…that stinks.
Next up, homecoming v. NIU next Saturday.