I will say that the Purdue coaches had their team ready and they were prepared to play against Clemson's best player Milton Jennings because his suspension wasn't known until late in the day. Many times during tape sessions, what is pointed out isn't always executed. I thought Wednesday, the players paid attention and did their jobs.
We also know a performance like D.J. Byrd had can make things much easier on the road. Once Clemson had the scored doubled, the Tigers were playing much of the remaining game out of their comfort zone.
This was an encouraging win for other factors, too. Brad Brownell is a very good coach and he threw the defensive book at the Boilermakers. Sometimes Purdue adjusted, other times it was a chore, but regardless, the experience was important. Coach Painter ended up playing four guards and freshman Ronnie Johnson played his best game of the year.
Speaking of the Johnson's, A.J. has really done well in my estimation. There was a lot of concern earlier in the year he may have trouble running the team at the point guard position, and I feel he's been very solid.