Purdue entered the game as the ninth-best 3-point shooting team in the league. However, it hit 5 of 6 (83.3 percent) of its long shots in the first half, and finished having connected on 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) of its attempts.
The Boilermakers crushed the Wildcats on the boards, as the hosts out-rebounded Northwestern by a staggering 48-23 margin.
3. More work - plus some luck
Purdue held Northwestern to just 28.6 percent shooting (the Wildcats were 8 of 28 in each of the two halves). Both Wildcat coach Bill Carmody, as well as his Boilermaker counterpart, Matt Painter, felt Northwestern got some good looks offensively, they just couldn't finish the shots.
4. Offensive flow
Painter spoke afterwards of really being pleased with his team's offensive patience and ball movement. The Boilermakers had 18 assists on their 27 made shots.
5. Getting to the rim
The 'Brothers Johnson' drove "at will" according to Carmody. Purdue guard Terone Johnson finished with 22 points, while his younger brother, Ronnie, finished with 10. A number of the brothers' makes were on acrobatic and speedy drives to the basket.