Purdue Boilermakers: a look ahead to 2012-13

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As the focus in college basketball is quickly moving from the National Championship to the off-season, even more emphasis will be put on examining the incoming recruiting classes who will soon be moving into workouts with their respective colleges.

In the state of Indiana, the Hoosiers look to be on their way back. Grabbing all of the headlines with their top ten recruiting class and their surge back from prominence last season, this looks to be a team that will be poised for national attention again next season.

Guest post by Collin O’Connor

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Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Combine for 56 points in Win at Illinois

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If there were any fears that Michigan–after being dominated at home by Purdue on Saturday–had witnessed the end of its three-week long hot streak, you can put those to rest now. The Wolverines followed that clunker against the Boilermakers with a dominant performance against Illinois Thursday night, a 72-61 beatdown at Assembly Hall. The victory is Michigan’s first in Champagne since 1995.

It was a tale of two halves for the Wolverines, and the first belonged to point guard Trey Burke. The freshman simply couldn’t miss in the opening period, going 6-7 from the field–including 4-4 on three-point tries–and finishing with 14 points.

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Michigan Proving Itself on the Road

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Hoisting 38 three-point shots on the road isn’t necessarily the best recipe for success, especially in the Big Ten, where there are no gimmes away from home. But for Michigan, a team that has struggled on the road much of the season, 14 of their 38 three-point attempts found net Tuesday night and that was enough for a, 67-55, overtime win at Northwestern.

Once again, super frosh Trey Burke led the way for the Wolverines, scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. It was Burke’s quickness and court vision that frustrated NU’s 1-3-1 zone throughout regulation time, and it was Burke’s senior-like composure that KO’d the Wildcats in overtime.

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Purdue “Boiler Up” Rap Video Makes Vanilla Ice look Like Eminem

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Wow this is bad! How did the Purdue mascot and cheerleaders sign on to be in this giant size piece of crapola? Given a choice between watching/listening to this again and getting a cold sore, I might be leaning towards the cold sore.

You know something is beyond terrible when it has lots of cheerleaders in it, yet I have no interest in seeing it again.
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Purdue Boilermakers Have Top 15 Recruiting Class

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This year, and probably next, are proverbial rebuilding seasons in West Lafayette, Ind. After that, Matt Painter and the Purdue Boilermakers are ready to reload. And they’ll do so with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, as a highly-praised quartet signed National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season.

This group should help the Boilermakers stay nationally relevant in college basketball.

Rapheal Davis, A.J. Hammons, Ronnie Johnson and Jay Simpson comprise a class that is regarded as the 13th-best in the nation by ESPN and 16th by Scout.com.

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