Purdue's Sweet Mission: Stop Thomas Robinson

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OMAHA, NE - Why make the obvious complicated. Tyshawn Taylor doesn't.

"He's a beast," is the way the Kansas guard answered the simple question of why his teammate with the "0" on the front and the back of his jersey is one of the most productive forwards in college basketball.

"That's basically it, he's a beast."

Don't think Purdue doesn't think similar of Thomas Robinson, the 6-foot-10 junior forward from Washington D.C. whom they'll have to find a way to contain in their third round NCAA Tournament game against the second-seed Jayhawks on Sunday night at 8:40 P.M. Eastern Time in Omaha.

Robinson-who was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the year-averages just under 18 points and 12 rebounds a contest. He also led the country in double-doubles, collection 24 this season including in a second round win over Detroit on Friday night.

"I'm still the high-energy player that I was coming into college," said Robinson when asked about the continued improvement of his game."I just try to get better at what I do."

Matt Painter is telling his Purdue team the same about trying stop Robinson, which has been a struggle for the Boilermakers for a majority of the season. Facing a collection of big men in the Big Ten brought nothing but pain for the Boilermakers, who struggled mightily against the likes of Draymont Green, Cody Zeller and Jared Sullinger. 

As they tried to do in those contests, Purdue will likely try to get more minutes and significantly more production out of their two biggest players. Six-foot-nine sophomores Travis Carroll and Sandi Marcius only combined for five rebounds a contest during the season, but they'll be the ones to try to keep Robinson of the backboards and the scoreboards Sunday.

"As long as we're physical and we play good defense, we'll be alright," said Carroll simply of his duties against Kansas, who also features one of the best guards in the country in Taylor as well.

But Painter understands the problems that might be ahead with Robinson, acknowledging him as one of the elite players in the country.

"His skill and his physical play together," said Painter when asked why he considers Robinson one of the nation's best. "To see somebody who can move that way and still make shots."


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