#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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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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Purdue Basketball: 2017-18 Season Preview and Predictions

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“One more chance….Biggie, give me one more chance” once said the late great American poet Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace.

Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan decided against giving college basketball one more chance and instead opted out early for the NBA. He made the right call and he’s now living all those edgy hipsters in Portland as a member of the Trail Blazers.

Swanigan accomplished a lot during his Purdue basketball career, and he truly stuck while the iron was hot.

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Northwestern Football Game Preview vs Purdue Boilermakers

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A night game in B1G country in November? What a time to be alive! Yes, get your blankets, hoodies and hot cocoa ready for the first 11th month night game in Northwestern football history. The forecast calls for a 39 degree air temperature and a 37% chance of precipitation at kickoff, 6 pm on ESPN2. Purdue has not beaten the Wildcats since 2010, which was coincidentally also a night game in Evanston.

Also, have a listen below at my Northwestern football analysis segment on KOZN 1620 the Zone, Omaha.

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 11-6-17

Welcome to version 1.0 of our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early. For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked. That will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was randomized for this 2018 NBA mock draft.

Enjoy! For our NFL mock draft link go here.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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To pinpoint what’s so wrong with ESPN College Gameday in 2017, there are a couple different places from which you can start. You can begin with ESPN’s horrible bungling of the Jemele Hill and Robert Lee situations, and go from there. The same principle, that of “let’s try to never hurt anyone’s feelings ever, no matter what the cost, because hurt feelings means upset sponsors” applies across the board.

ESPN should have never apologized for what Jemele Hill said about Donald Trump.

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Athletic vs Academic Scholarships for Student-Athletes

There is confusion on how academic scholarships and athletic scholarships work. For example, if an NCAA Division II institution offers you a partial scholarship you can still use academic aid to cover your tuition. About 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded some form of athletics scholarship to compete in college.

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Purdue’s Ja’Whaun Bentley on Facing Heisman Winner Lamar Jackson

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Like a late ’90s hip-hop artist, the Purdue linebacking corps is all about the Bentley.

That would be senior LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, who was with fifth on the team in tackles last season, despite missing three games due to injury. Sophomore Markus Bailey is the unit’s best player, and the greatest talent, but Bentley is the unit’s senior leader and thus the guy selected to attend B1G Media Days.

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Purdue DE/LB Danny Ezechukwu Discusses 2017 Transition (Audio)

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Purdue Boilermakers defender Danny Ezechukwu has a lot of starts at linebacker under his belt, but this year will see him transition to defensive end, or possibly a defensive end/linebacker hybrid. The Boilermakers have much more depth at linebacker than they do on the defensive line, so Ezechukwu is making the transition to help satisfy team needs.

Beyond the collective good, it’s also of individual benefit because the NFL Draft has trended towards further emphasizing DE/OLB hybrids as prospects.

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Purdue Boilermakers Coach Jeff Brohm is All Substance, No Frills (Audio)

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New Purdue Boilermakers Head Coach Jeff Brohm comes off as an all business, no frills kind of guy. Conversing with him you get the impression that if he wanted to channel more energy into having more memorable media skills, he could. By design though, he’d rather channel that energy into the nuts and bolts of his job.

Brohm is way more about Xs and Os than branding, but you can tell who could be the salesman type if it interested him. He’s truly an offensive guru as a man who played for six different teams during his seven year NFL career. The cradle of quarterbacks is now lead by a guy who’s been a QB coach at five different institutions.

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David Blough Tells An Interesting, Amazing Jeff Brohm Story (Audio)

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Purdue Boilermakers quarterback David Blough was the Big Ten Conference Leader in touchdown passes and passing yards per game last season. Not many people know that, and perhaps you had to read that sentence two or three times before it truly sunk in. For his final year in West Lafayette, Blough will be coached by Jeff Brohm, an offensive guru and former NFL quarterback.

Brohm played for six different teams during his seven year NFL career, and he’s been a QB coach at five different institutions.

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Ohio State Football Tops B1G Pre-Media Days Power Rankings

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It’s another national title or bust kind of season for Ohio State football. All the college football preseason preview magazines see at least a final four appearance in Columbus, with two of the three calling a national championship game appearance. Thus, it’s pretty obvious who tops our B1G power rankings pre-Media Day.

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