#19 Purdue Basketball Impressing with Frequent Century Club Performances

#19 Purdue basketball has certainly cruised through its first four games of the season, winning big in impressive, fun-to-watch fashion. While #2 Michigan State gets all the hype, and #20 Northwestern is the media’s darling, the Boilermakers have been flying under the radar, despite the eye-popping box scores we see at the end of the night.

The Boilers, averaging 102 points per game, began the season with their first back to back 100+ points efforts since 1974. You could say they are premier members in college basketball’s “century club” in the early going. While the level of competition is about to step up considerably, they haven’t just beaten up on cupcakes this month.

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Strong Hatred of Grayson Allen is Great, Healthy For College Hoops

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Grayson Allen is exactly what this college basketball season needs to try and solve the biggest issue that it faces until March- apathy.

Most people don’t really check in on college hoops until late winter, early spring, so a lightning rod is needed to get people excited.

Enter Grayson Allen, who is absolutely perfect for this role in every sense imaginable. If you are Duke fan, you should LOVE him. He is everything you can want in a player on your side. If you’re a fan of any other team, you should HATE him- that’s normal and healthy.

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Jaren Jackson Jr. Gives Michigan State Basketball a Generational Talent

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One-and-done isn’t really a thing that has come to East Lansing yet. Deyonta Davis (2016) is just the second Michigan State basketball player in history to declare for the NBA Draft after just his freshman year in school. Zach Randolph was the first, and that was way back in 2001.

Be sure you keep an eye on Jaren Jackson Jr. He’s that kind of rare talent, much closer to being the finished product for the NBA than most kids who come to East Lansing.

Here’s a fun fact, he’s a almost a full year young for his class in school. He really could be a high school senior right now given his age.

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ESPN Promotion of College Football Playoff Rankings is Very Obnoxious

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There are three things to remember every single Tuesday night when ESPN releases the updated College Football Playoff Rankings.

First, this endeavor only merits a tweet and press release, not an entire television show. Maybe you could stretch this out into a two or three minute desk segment, but that’s really pushing it.

Secondly, all the controversies, real as well as the contrived debates created and then amplified by ESPN, will sort themselves out in the end. There’s no real reason to care all that strongly about the rankings until the last week of the season or conference championship weekend.

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Duke Basketball Has Lottery Level Trio in Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Trevon Duval

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When Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski refers to you as “our most talented player,” as he did tonight, you know that you’re special. Coach K. said this of Marvin Bagley III following his side’s 88-81 win over #2 Michigan State in Chicago.

The top ranked Blue Devils lost Bagley after just ten minutes, to what Krzyzewski said was an eye scratch.

The eye became very red, but it doesn’t appear to be a long term, substantial injury. Coach K. said that Bagley was taken out of the game mostly as a precaution, and that he believed he’ll be fine tomorrow.

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#20 Northwestern Basketball: Six Players to Watch vs Creighton

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The season really starts now for Northwestern basketball, as they welcome Creighton to Rosemont, IL tonight. It’s not often that NU is able to schedule a name brand opponent at home in the conference, so it’s a rather unfortunate that this happens now when they have to play at their home away from home this season, but that is the cards they have been dealt.

The Blue Jays will provide a great test for the Wildcats as they possess a lot of traits that befit a big boy high major program.

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How the College Recruiting Process Works

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The college athletic recruiting process is a time consuming and confusing process. It doesn’t have to be, and this is why recruiting services like UnderRecruited Preps, NCSA (Next College Student Athlete), and Be Recruited are for. Being recognized by a college coach is just one of the steps in the recruiting process. Academics and athletic ability play a big role in the athletic recruiting decisions college coaches make.

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#2 Michigan State Basketball: Champions Classic Preview vs #1 Duke

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Just a year ago, it was believed by most that Paradise Lost had already come to Michigan State athletics. The Golden Era of MSU sports peaked in 2015 with both Michigan State basketball and Spartans football reaching the final four. For one brief shining moment there was Camelot. Then it crashed the following season with football inexplicably going just 3-9 last season, and hoops registering only a 20-15 mark. 

By Michigan State basketball standards, not reaching the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend/double digit losses is a failure. Well, that’s ancient history in Sparta now, as both program are trending up again. (Yes, Saturday in Columbus totally SUCKED, but hey this year saw State controlling their own destiny for a B1G championship into mid November, which is all you could have asked for after last year’s 3-9)

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#1 Duke Basketball: Champions Classic Preview vs #2 Michigan State

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There is no such thing as Game of the Century type deal in college basketball, like there is in college football, and even if there were, it certainly wouldn’t be in early November. However, #1 Duke basketball vs #2 Michigan State Tuesday night comes close. No offense to the mighty squads at Elon (97-68 W) and Utah Valley (99-69), but the regular season actually begins now.

Here are three major storylines to watch in the Champions Classic at The House that Michael Built for Duke basketball fans.

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#5 Kentucky Basketball: Champions Classic Preview vs #4 Kansas Jayhawks

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Even by Kentucky basketball standards, in the John Calipari era of one and done, this year’s Wildcats team will be very young and overly dependent on freshmen. Currently, this roster has an average age of just 18.9 years.

That’s old enough to legally buy you a pack of smokes, but not by a whole lot. It’s not even remotely close to being old enough to legally you a bottle of Kentucky bourbon. There are only two juniors and no seniors on this roster, as the Wildcats are looking to replace 92.6 percent of their scoring and 76.6 percent of their rebounding from last year’s Elite 8 and SEC championship team

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#4 Kansas Jayhawks vs #5 Kentucky: Champions Classic Preview

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For Kansas Jayhawks fans, the season really tips off Tuesday night in Chicago when their beloved team, ranked #4 in the nation, take on the #5 Kentucky Wildcats.

No offense to Tennessee State of course, but their 92-56 loss this past weekend was just a glorified scrimmage. It was only the light snack. Now comes the main course Here are three storylines to watch in the house that Michael built Tuesday night.

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Purdue Football Establishes Progress and Direction, Unlike Division Rivals

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While this 2017 Purdue football team may still, but most likely will not go bowling this season, the fact that they are even in this discussion speaks volumes. Purdue football was truly bleak comedy during the Darell Hazell era, when just being competitive was the ceiling.

The Boilermakers are one of five: Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are the others, teams in the B1G West with a head coach who is in his third or fewer season at the helm. You have to leave the Badgers out of this discussion, as they were already established where they are when Paul Chryst took over in 2015. Kudos to Chryst though for keeping it going.

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