Purdue Boilermakers Top Early B1G Basketball 2017-18 Power Rankings

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Looking ahead to next season, and this is a very early lookahead as so much will change between now and November, the B1G should get more experienced, deeper and hence better, as a league. That said, it remains to be seen whether not the B1G will make a a bigger and better impact on the national next season.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are the only B1G squad with a national top ten level recruiting class coming in, although the Michigan State Spartans and Purdue Boilermakers are in the top 20, top 25 tier.

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Michigan St. Target Brandon McCoy Considering Purdue? Center Himself Gives an Update


Although interest in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game was far below that of previous events (the 40% off ticket sales promotions available yesterday truly says it all), there was still plenty of intrigue on the recruiting front.

During #McDAAG the real basketball is played behind closed doors in front of NBA scouts, what the media and general public see are just, as Ian Darke would put it, “indifferent editions.”

The real competition and news-worthiness lie in recruiting, and the top story on Wednesday surrounded uncommitted Center Brandon McCoy out of San Diego, California.

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2017-18 Purdue Basketball Way Too Early Season Preview

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter just does not get the credit that he truly deserves.

True, he’s not quite “Gene Keady Light” as of yet, but since he took over the program in 2006-07, the Boilermakers are fourth in the B1G in wins and conference wins. They’re also third in the league in NCAA Tournament bids.

Painter is also fourth all time in B1G Coach of the Year awards and 16th all time in B1G wins; not bad for a guy who will be entering just his 13th year on the job. No, he’s definitely not the guy with the statue outside Mackey Arena and the name on the venue’s street address, but he also doesn’t deserve even half of the flak he consistently receives from much of the Purdue basketball community.

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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 3/25/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round.

(Updated: 3/23/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 3/25/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 3/23/17) Here is the link to the NFL mock draft

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Purdue Basketball: Sweet 16 Game Preview, Prediction vs Kansas Jayhawks

Purdue basketball player Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17). Yes, the graduate student guard is a bit down on the depth chart.

He’s not a major minutes guy by any means. So why lead with Albrecht?

Well, he’s known for unexpectedly turning in a stellar performance, on a huge stage. He’s a guy who got it done when nobody saw it coming, and tomorrow night it’s that kind of situation for the Purdue Boilermakers.

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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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Caleb Swanigan One of the Most Taciturn National Players of the Year Ever

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He may have the same nickname as Biggie Smalls, but Caleb Swanigan certainly does not have the ostentation of the late great hip-hip artist. Notorious B.I.G. “went from from ashy to flashy” as he liked to say. Biggie Swanigan puts the reserve in reserved.

During the Purdue Boilermakers media availability on the day in between the first and second round games, Caleb Swanigan spent the entire open locker room session on a stationary bike with his hooded sweatshirt worn tight.

How tight? He pulled the draw strings of the hood in as tightly as possible, like Kenny on “South Park.”

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Purdue Basketball Wins Nail-Biter, Edge of your Seat Thriller, a Nerve-Wracking Affair

“Unbelievable game,” said Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter as he opened his postgame press conference.

What an understatement, for an instant classic such as this.

It’s called “March Madness,” for a reason. It’s not “March meditation,” or “March chillaxing,” and Purdue’s 80-76 come from-behind NCAA Tournament round of 32 victory over Iowa State was anything but relaxing.

The Boilermakers’ held a substantial 44-31 halftime lead, and a massive 58-39 lead in the midst of the second half.  Yet down the stretch, the Boilers found themselves trailing the Cyclones 73-71. With this team, in recent years, no lead is ever truly safe until the clock says 00:00.

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Matt Painter Says Cuonzo Martin Needs Time, his Own Roster to Succeed at Mizzou

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter and newly minted Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin go way back. They played in west Lafayette together from 1991-1993. Later on, they were both back at Purdue, assistants under Gene Keady.

On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that Cuonzo Martin was resigning his position as Head Coach at California. Then we learned that Martin was off to coach Missouri, signing a deal reportedly worth $21 million over three years, and not Illinois, a school with which he had frequently been linked.

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Purdue Basketball: 80-70 Victory over Vermont Not Really as Decisive as it Appears

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before- Purdue basketball had a tremendous chance to put a huge game away, and didn’t. The #4 seeded Boilermakers had their foot squarely hovering above an opponent’s throat, but failed to apply the pressure. Their 80-70 win over the #13 seed Vermont Catamounts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament looks rather decisive at first glance, as it covered the spread (which was 8.5), but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

It was still just a two possession game with 3:26 left to play, and a seven point game with just over a minute to go.

The margin was steadily between four and seven points for nearly all of the second half as the Catamounts just wouldn’t go away. They were only down one at the 12:24 mark, and after leading for an overwhelming majority of the first half.

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#4 Purdue Basketball NCAA Tournament Game Preview vs #13 Vermont Catamounts

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Purdue basketball traveled up to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for “the only B1G team to earn a top four pod seed this season.”

They’re facing a plucky underdog Vermont team that comes into this one riding the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Catamounts are in Milwaukee believing: We’re gonna make our dreams come true...Doin’ it our way…Nothin’s gonna turn us back now Straight ahead and on the track now We’re gonna make our dreams come true..

So go ahead and pour yourself a brew (there it is! the Milwaukee CLICHE trifecta all within the first 75 words) and enjoy our Purdue basketball NCAA Tournament game preview.

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