Crossroads El Clasico: Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers Series History

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(Editor’s note: re-posting this and updating it from 2017 and 2018, in honor of the Purdue Boilermakers hosting the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday, the first of the two meetings between the two teams this season)

While there is no rivalry in B1G basketball as high stakes and as passionate as El Clasico (the name of the series between Real Madrid and Barcelona), the Purdue Boilermakers (11-6, 4-2) and #25 Indiana Hoosiers (12-5, 3-3) rivalry often comes close. Typically, the two teams are more than just regionally relevant, but nationally as well. In a given year, we often see at least one of the two teams influencing the NCAA Championship odds here as we head towards the final stretch run of the regular season.

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Michigan, Michigan State at Top of Early Big Ten Hoops Power Rankings

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Early December polls and rankings are to be taken with a grain of salt, but we do know this about the Big Ten- “the Michigans” currently rule the roost. College hoops is a sport as synonymous with gambling as any you will find anywhere in the entire world. Wagering on college basketball at this time of year can be like real money online pokies, there is a ton of luck and chance involved. However, if you want a blue chip then #GoBlue, as the Michigan Wolverines have consistently shown a capability to beat the spread by by a comfortable margin.

They are the clear number one in the Big Ten with arch-rival Michigan State a solid #2 in the league. Next to each team name below you’ll find the following numerical values: overall record, conference record, AP ranking (when applicable) Sagarin rating and kenpom rating.

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Purdue Basketball: Media Day Exclusives with Carsen Edwards, Grady Eifert, Ryan Cline

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Purdue basketball will have their one and only exhibition Thursday night at home against the rather obscure Marian University. Then it’s the season opener, yes already, on Tuesday night versus Fairfield University on November 6th. So if you’re really into watching midterm election results live as they roll in, and you’re a Purdue basketball fan, I guess you have a decision to make.

To help us get ready for the season, which literally starts earlier and earlier every year, we have some audio from Big Ten Media Day with three key Purdue basketball players. We have exclusives and also some non exclusives with Carsen Edwards, Ryan Cline and Grady Eifert.

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Purdue Football Preview: Week 7 vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes

It would be the most massive understatement of understatements to say that Purdue football will step up a few weight classes in competition this week. Last weekend, the Boilermakers did to Illinois what the Fighting Illini did to them in 2015- destroy their Homecoming by absolutely obliterating them.

Coincidentally that was year three of the Darrell Hazell era just like this is year three of the Lovie Smith regime. It’s becoming clear now that Lovie is Illinois’ disaster hire much like Hazell was Purdue’s.

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Matt Painter: Media Day Audio of Purdue Basketball’s Newly Minted Man

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This morning saw Purdue University announce that have extended men’s basketball coach Matt Painter another two years on his current deal. That means he’s now locked in at West Lafayette through the 2023-24 season.

“Matt Painter is a proven winner, and he wins with integrity,” reads a statement attributed to Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski.

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Michigan State #1, Purdue #2 in Big Ten Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

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Believe it or not, Big Ten basketball media day is Thursday. Yes, hoops talking season arrives though it may not feel like it, given the 80+ degree temperatures in much of Big Ten country currently. Some schools have actually already had their media days, and you know what that means- overlap season is here.

So while every single outlet on the planet is posting Big Ten football power rankings today, we’re doing the hoops equivalent. 

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Rondale Moore: What it’s Like to Try and Defend Purdue’s Electric Playmaker

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Rondale Moore announced his presence to the college football world with authority Thursday night. All the Purdue true freshman wide receiver from New Albany, Indiana did in his very first collegiate game was break Purdue’s 46-year old record for most all-purpose yards in a contest with 313 yards.

In a 31-27 loss to Northwestern he rushed twice for 79 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown run, and caught 11 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. As the name Rondale Moore was top ten trending nationally on Twitter, the rookie was compiling 125 yards on five kickoff returns, en route to winning the league’s Freshman of the Week award.

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ESPN College Gameday: How it Went From Transcendent to Unwatchable

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Republishing from 9-16-17

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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RB Jeremy Larkin the Constant, as Northwestern Shuffles QBs in Win over Purdue

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When the Northwestern football community speaks of tonight’s 31-27 upset win at Purdue, the first topic will undoubtedly be the rotating quarterbacks that Coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff employed. QB1 Clayton Thorson and QB2 T.J. Green alternated series, and if this confuses you, well, we’ll get to that later.

And we promise you, you’ll feel even more confused. While that narrative is obviously the lead, and it will receive plenty of analysis and discussion this week, perhaps the true main story tonight was Jeremy Larkin; NU’s new starter at the tailback position.

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Northwestern Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview, Prediction

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For both the Purdue Boilermakers and the Northwestern Wildcats, there is no “easing into” the 2018 season. They face one another in a pivotal Big Ten West division clash that takes place two days before the season begins in earnest for most everybody else.

All eyes will be upon the nationally televised contest that features a mystery at the most important position of all, quarterback, for both sides.

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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2018 Purdue Football Season Preview, Predictions, Prospectus

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In 2017, Purdue football Coach Jeff Brohm showed the Big Ten West that there is no such thing as “year zero.” No matter what kind of mess you inherited, and Darrell Hazell certainly messed up the Purdue football program before Brohm’s arrival, you can hit the ground running and win football games in year one.

Year one begins the moment you sign that contract, and thus become paid handsomely to produce results. Yes, some head coaches at other division rivals started way behind the eight ball, and yes, some rebuilds take a lot longer than others. However, the beauty of sports lies in its boolean values- college football is win or lose, period. The rest is just cheap excuse making and insolent noise.

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