Purdue Basketball: Caleb Swanigan NBA Draft Stock Update

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Purdue Boilermakers Power Forward Caleb Swanigan came to West Lafayette with much fanfare and this season you’re seeing exactly why.

The former McDonald’s All-American and blue chip 5-star prospect from Ft. Wayne Indiana is our pick to win B1G Player of the Year. Biggie Swanigan has been dominant with a capital D.

He figures prominently in the discussion of national player of the year award candidates.

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Purdue Basketball: Isaac Haas NBA Draft Stock Update


Purdue Center Isaac Haas terrorized the Illinois Fighting Illini last night in the same manner Jaws, the villain in many James Bond movies terrorized 007. While Jaws destroyed plenty of Bond’s allies, he never got the better of Bond himself. Haas, on the other hand, ultimately had his way on the Illini and imposed his will throughout the game, showcasing the skill set and potential that will excite NBA scouts.

“It was definitely surprising that they didn’t double-team me as much as I was expecting them to, but when I’m left one-on-one on the block, coach always tells Biggie and I to score it,” said Isaac Haas of his breakout performance.

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Indiana Basketball Has Trumpian Relationship with the Media

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The Indiana basketball community would be much better served if the spirit of this quote, from James Madison, was actually present within it-

“To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.”

Last week, we published a piece calling out this year’s edition of Indiana basketball for being extremely under-achieving, given the tremendous amount of talent that they possess. We referred to Indiana basketball Coach Tom Crean as the hoops version of Ron Zook, an elite recruiter who can’t ever seem to maximize that talent.

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Purdue PF Caleb Swanigan Will Win B1G Player of the Year


Purdue Boilermakers power forward Caleb Swanigan plays his home games at the address 900 John Wooden Drive.

Depending on what Mackey Arena entrance he takes on a given day, he might pass the John Wooden statue. Thus it’s only fitting that he could also take home the Wooden Award this April. The Wooden and the Naismith awards are the two honors going to the nation’s best overall college basketball player. The only major difference between the two “Hoops Heisman Trophies” is who votes on them.

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Five Most Popular Purdue Basketball Stories of 2016

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The #15 ranked Purdue basketball team heads down I-65 for a quick road trip to battle #21 Notre Dame in the sixth annual Crossroads Classic tomorrow. It marks the first time in the six-year history of the event that all four teams (#18 Butler vs #9 Indiana is the other clash) enter as nationally-ranked squads. 

Purdue basketball is looking for its first victory in the event, posting an 0-3 record against Butler and an 0-2 mark against Notre Dame thus far. However, we’re  looking slightly back instead of forward as we figured a big event like this, as the year winds down, was the perfect time to recap our five most popular Purdue basketball stories of 2016.

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College Basketball Shouldn’t Begin Until January


In negotiation, it’s called the “door in the face” technique.

Your initial pitch is far out, because you’re content to settle later somewhere in the middle with the opposition. Thus we make our pitch that college basketball should not commence until after the New Year.

Maybe that’s seems preposterous to you? Ok, how about we just shorten the season some and commence the campaign a bit later?

Approach this idea with an open mind.

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Matt Painter Explains What Holds November College Hoops Back

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Tonight sees the B1G-ACC Challenge begin earnest following two appetizer games last night. Coach Matt Painter and his #15 ranked Purdue Boilermakers travel to the (it pains me to even type a venue name THIS STUPID) KFC Yum! Center (seriously, who puts an exclamation point in the official name of their arena?) to take on the #14 Louisville Cardinals.

The Challenge, which began in 1999, was a fore-runner to a series of events implemented in recent years that attempt to stimulate more interest in pre-conference college basketball. As any veteran sportswriter with even a basic sense of honesty and candor will tell you, November and December college hoops just don’t move the needle most of the time.

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#4 Villanova Basketball vs #15 Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview

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It’s not just the headliner of the 2016 Gavitt Tip-Off Games, it’s also about as good as November college basketball can really get this side of the Champions Classic. The fourth ranked, defending champion Villanova basketball team heads to West Lafayette Monday night to take on the fifteenth ranked Purdue Boilermakers.

For an early November contest, it doesn’t get more exciting and interesting than this. Let’s preview!


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Northwestern Football: Game Preview vs Purdue Boilermakers


Northwestern football  needs to win two of their last three to go bowling. Luckily, two of their last three are against the B1G’s soft underbelly in the West division, so it can still all work out for them.

Despite the atrocious first month of the season, there’s plenty left to accomplish in 2016, and make this a decent season.  2016 Northwestern football is 2-1 on the road this season, 2-3 at home. While their two (arguably) best performances have come away from Ryan Field, their two worst outings have definitely come at home. Their dominant win to spoil Michigan State’s Homecoming seemed somewhat impressive at the time, but that W has certainly not aged well.

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Purdue Basketball: Guard Play Unimpressive to Jay Bilas

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The No. 15-ranked Purdue basketball team opens its 119th season Friday night when they host McNeese State visits Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have their highest preseason ranking since being ranked 14th in the 2010-11 poll. The Boilermakers return three starters and eight letter winners from last year’s team that posted a 26-9 record and was ranked in the nation’s top 25 all year long.

Purdue basketball has lost two excellent players and elite defenders from last year’s team in A.J. Hammons and Rapheal Davis.

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B1G Basketball Power Rankings: Every Team as a Past or Present Presidential Candidate

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It’s November 8th B1G basketball fans! Huzzah, if you’re reading this it means that we actually made it through the strangest, ugliest and most low brow election cycle in the history of our glorious democracy. Election Day fell on the latest possible day that it possibly could, and that’s unfortunate, given how one poll showed that 13% of respondents preferred a meteor hitting the Earth to Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.

Hey, it’s all over tomorrow and then we can all move on to other past times like college hoops, which tips off its season on Friday.

Viva la Revolucion!

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Donald Trump Made Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech


(Editor’s note: as we head into the final hours preceding the U.S. Presidential Election, we revisit and republish some of the sports and pop culture stories we ran in 2016 relating to the electoral process) 

Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.

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