Big Ten Conference

Purdue basketball still coming together on defense with challenges ahead

Dec 1, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Zavier Simpson (3) shoots on Purdue Boilermakers forward Evan Boudreaux (12) in the first half at Crisler Center.

WEST LAFAYETTE — In real time, Michigan ’s opening torrent washed over Purdue basketball last Saturday in the span of a thunderclap.

The Boilermakers dissected their shortcomings — the late rotations, the missed assignments, the at-times turnstile approach to stopping dribble penetration — and emerged with a few truths.

A little over a month ago, prior to the start of the season, the narrative around Purdue basketball concerned all of the new faces in new places and how long it might take the new pieces to take shape.

The Boilermakers' junior frontcourt player discusses Maryland's Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith, the defensive lapses from the Michigan loss and more.

Journal & Courier Purdue insiders Nathan Baird and Mike Carmin on the Boilermakers' bowl destination and a rough stretch for men's basketball.

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