As for the Purdue reaction, in the game thread, I predicted that Travis would gloat about Terone Johnson's strong first half shooting performance. As expected, he repeats the mischaracterization that I have made Johnson my "whipping boy." That's nonsense, and it's been nonsense every time he has said it. In the comments to a post about IU's roster, here's what I said about Johnson:
I think Painter is a really good coach, but I think the counter-example to the Baby Boilers is Terone Johnson. Johnson is the #51 recruit in the current freshman class. He would be the second-ranked recruit on IU’s team if he were on our roster. Currently, Johnson is playing 20 minutes a game, averaging about 6 points per game, and is shooting 33 percent from the field, 24 from behind the arc. That doesn’t mean he sucks, it doesn’t mean that Painter has failed him, and it doesn’t mean he won’t be a formidable player in a year or three. It means he’s a freshman. Yet, if he were on IU’s roster, he would be playing 30-plus minutes a game and would be a focal point for opposing defenses, and God knows what his shooting percentages would look like. Part of building a program is being able to bring in younger players to mesh with older guys who know the ropes. I think we are getting there, but slowly.