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Agree with most of this
But to say that Ivey did not take St. Peters seriously is complete speculation of which you have no proof.
Ivey played badly. So did most of the team. The only player who cannot take any blame for that loss was Newman who again was inexplicably parked on the bench all game.
How a team could go into that game expecting to win after having the bad upset last year and failing to win B10 championship. But that is the immaturity and mental aspect that the team never possessed. I put that on the leadership (3 seniors + Painter) more so than Ivey.
Ivey was supposed to be the difference maker that would elevate us to the next level. But if the rest of the team played better too, we would have beaten them.
No - not even close
The expectation was that he would be the difference maker / X-factor that would carry us to the next level. Clearly that didn’t happen, so why people say he exceeded expectations is baffling. Ivey will go down as one of the most talented players Purdue has ever had. He certainly did great things and had big shots. It’s not like he should be viewed as a bust of a player.
But ultimately the expectation (and hope) was that he would elevate us to that next level. While he will be remembered as one of the most talented players for Purdue, his legacy will also be that he failed to live up to the expectations. St. Peters is the perfect example of that. The team is struggling to score. We need our special player to come through and get us a bucket when no one can. He ended up 4-12, 1-6 for 3, and had 6 turnovers for 9 points in 36 minutes without a single trip to the free throw line. That is the game we needed the "X-Factor" and he failed to do it.
Maybe it was unfair to put that expectation on his shoulders as a sophomore. Maybe he was too emotional, too inconsistent, or too inexperienced for fans to expect him to be that kind of player, on that stage, at that time. As Brian said at GBI several times, he got too good too fast for Purdue. And unfortunately I think that meant he didn’t have the mental aspects to allow him to exceed the expectation.
Obviously he exceeded expectations as a recruit. I don’t think most people would have expected him to be a lottery pick as a sophomore. But for what this team had and what was needed of Ivey in 2021-2022, unfortunately he did not meet those expectations. It will taint his legacy, but he will still go down as one of the best to wear the Purdue uniform.