No question, it's been a rough stretch. Hopefully we can get some things straightened out and start a winning streak.
As most fans know, most perplexing this year have been the slow starts at the beginning of games. No one seems to have an answer at the moment, but we all know it's been costly.
What's been telling are the long scoring droughts the team has had this season.
With the exception of the Minnesota game and the second half of the Illinois game, Purdue has struggled to shoot the ball during the Big Ten play. Maddeningly, the shooting slump seems to affect everyone during a particular game. If one player is shooting poorly, it seems to be contagious.
My hope is that this will change.
There isn't an easy game left on the schedule, and Purdue has to work on its postseason resume.
Can things change at this point in the season? Sure! Last year, Butler and VCU weren't on anyone's mind at this stage of the season. Anything is possible if you can get on a roll.
Butler was 14-9 and really laboring at this point last year. The Bulldogs didn't lose again until the national title game. Connecticut was the No. 8 seed in its conference tournament! Anything is possible.
What the team needs to do now is focus on each game like it's an elimination event, starting with Northwestern. The Boilermakers have a week to prepare for Indiana. That makes Saturday's game really important.
This hasn't been a good stretch, but there have been signs that this team can compete with the better teams in the country. I think we all agree that, to make the NCAA Tournament, plenty of work needs to be done in the scarce time remaining in which to do it.