It is painfully obvious that Purdue has no post presence whatsoever. In the 20 or so games that I've watched, I don't believe I've seen one pass into the post. Our opponents know that there is no threat and can play help defense on our drives to the basket all game long. It's pretty simple to leave your man when you know 99 times out of 100 he isn't getting the ball.
Travis Carrol is a huge disappoinment!! He has no offensesive game at all (I think he might be the only 6'9" person in the country who can't dunk), his defense is below average and I don't see him getting any tough rebounds. I know that players don't get much playing time if they can't play defense, but I would gladly trade poor defense for good rebounding and some sort of offensive production from the paint. That's why I think Lawson should be getting the start and considerably much more playing time then Carrol. Lawson has more athletic ability in his pinky than Carrol does in his whole body. Lawson isn't afraid of jumping and taking the ball to the rim, not to mention his ability to block shots is something that can make players change their shot from time to time. Aren't we all a little sick of watching Carrol miss layups, when there is a guy on the bench that can throw it down? Anyone remember Herb Dove and Justin Jennings? Those types of players give the team a spark when they do something athletic.
Also, with Robbie's struggles to hit any shot outside the paint, why not have him posting up more? If anything, he'll get to the free throw line a few more times and he's our only player that is confident there. Rob has clearly lost a step and driving to the basket isn't happening for him. He needs to be in the paint and do some damage from there. I wonder if Painter is regretting his decision to red shirt Hale and keep Carrol on the team? Don't they need another TE to back up Bade?