Purdue Football: Never Too Early Season Preview


If you’re a Purdue football fan, you should definitely avert your eyes from Lindy’s Sports Big Ten football annual this summer. Here’s where they slotted the Boilermakers in their Big Ten position group power rankings. Remember, there are 14 teams in the B1G.

QB- 11, RB- 13, WR- 11, OL- 14, DL- 13, LB- 13, DB-14, and special teams, wait for it……wait for it……5th. Reading those rankings reminds me of Rainier Wolfcastle in the Radioactive Man movie: “The goggles! They do nothing!!”

I’m not even going to bring up what Lindy’s said about Purdue football in the overall conference ratings. Well, the Boilers are much better than that; and Lindy’s is way off on this one. On the other hand, Purdue isn’t exactly bowl bound this year.

I will go out on a limb here and say that the the Boilermakers continue their upward win total trend in 2015.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Dan Dakich vs SB Nation’s Purdue website: “What’s beef?”

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I’ve never met Dan Dakich, so I can’t truly opine on his personality or character. I’m well aware of his public persona as I consume his work quite regularly. There are aspects of his public figure personality that can be…I guess, “grating” is the word. Maybe “irascible” once in awhile?

Nevertheless, he’s a phenomenal announcer. He truly brings it an analyst. Love him or hate him, you must admit he’s great at what he does.

I have met his son, who plays for Michigan; and he’s a really nice guy. I interviewed him for an uplifting feature story back in March. Critics will probably call what I wrote a “puff piece,” but that’s neither here nor there.

In the words of Biggee Smalls, “what’s beef?“and Dakich is beefing with yet another person entrenched in the college basketball world.  At this point, Dakich is the Eminem of the college hoops world- always seems to be feuding with somebody.

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Why Caleb Swanigan could choose Purdue over Michigan St.


Caleb Swanigan, the five star big man from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, publicly committed to Michigan State four weeks ago. Just last week he gave a public statement that was a re-affirmation/vote of confidence. Well, that’s long gone now.

Swanigan de-committed from MSU, dropping the Spartans recruiting class from consensus top three to only the top 20 now.

The 6’9″ 280 Center/Power Forward is a consensus top ten national prospect, and a huge get for wherever he ends up. Tom Izzo has been Eric Gordoned now.

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Purdue Boilermakers: road to a NCAA Tourney berth

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The Purdue Boilermakers season has been the polar opposite of a mullet (“business in front, party in the back”) Usually, you party with the early, softer non-conference schedule, and then take care of business with the more rugged Big Ten schedule.

Purdue has been the anti-thesis of that in 2014-15. They didn’t take care of business in the pre-conference; but they have been really solid during league play. Hence the very confusing and contradicting Purdue Boilermakers NCAA Tournament profile.

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VIDEO: Purdue Coach Matt Painter post win at Northwestern


The story of the night in Evanston was Purdue’s twin towers of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas. (Here’s video of the media availability with both of them following the game)

“We try to get the ball inside no matter who we go against,” Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said.

“We’ve had a tough time against Olah in the past but tonight we were able to get the best of him.”

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VIDEO: Purdue G Rapheal Davis post Northwestern interview

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Rapheal Davis scored 15 points to with seven rebounds and four assists as Purdue won at Northwestern 68-60. Davis also committed zero turnovers. Over the last four games, Davis is averaging 18.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.3 APG.

We caught up to Rapheal Davis earlier in the season, and at this link you can check out our exclusive chat at this link here.

Below you’ll find the video of Davis’ media availability in Evanston:

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VIDEOS: Purdue big men A.J. Hammons, Isaac Haas post NU interviews


Here’s what a local beat writer said to me following Purdue’s 68-60 win at Northwestern tonight.

“That Haas kid, he reminds me of that bad guy in the James Bond movies.”

“Which one?” I inquired.

“The tall guy who was in a couple of the Roger Moore James Bond movies…”

“Oh, you mean Jaws?” I said.

It turns out that Jaws and Haas are the exact same height; and both are very hard for their opposition to stop. So I’m sure the Chicago sporting scribe meant it as a compliment. They certainly do not look alike at all. They’re just similarly fearsome and formidable.


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Big Ten Basketball: 17 worst losses this Pre-Conference season


“Our effort was not up to standard tonight which i take very personally,” said Northwestern Coach Chris Collins after losing at home by 13 to a middle tier MAC team.

“I can’t explain it. If I had an answer for it I would tell you guys. We got out-everythinged,” he continued.

“We didn’t give them any resistance to start the game.”

Collins and the Wildcats getting dominated at home by Central Michigan is troubling, but it’s just one of many very bad losses that Big Ten basketball has suffered this non-conference season. Let’s break it down.

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B1G Basketball power rankings: the “we apologize” edition


There are certain B1G basketball teams that owe an apology right now. Sure, one team nationally ranked in the preseason losing to a low-major that you’ve never heard of is excusable although unexpected. Upsets happen. However, two preseason AP top 25 teams losing to low-majors on two separate occasions? That’s kind of embarrassing. Plus the B1G hasn’t had a whole lot of signature wins to really counter-act those ugly losses.

Hey, at least they won the challenge versus the ACC

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Purdue vs Northwestern: sneaky meaningful game preview

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The Purdue Boilermakers versus the Northwestern Wildcats is a “sneaky meaningful” and “sneaky compelling” game.

All season long we’ve heard about how each program is moving in a certain direction. And that would be in opposite directions. There is no doubt that Purdue has improved this season; but how much? If they think they’ve really surpassed Northwestern in the Big Ten pecking order, now is the time to prove it. And for all the cries about the decline of Northwestern’s program this season, (and going back to last year too) the big upset in South Bend this past Saturday halted that talk.

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