Chicago Bulls sign E’Twaun Moore; local product, childhood fan

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E’Twaun Moore grew up a Chicago Bulls fan.

Today he joined the team.

The 6-4, 191 pound guard hails from East Chicago, Indiana, so this is literally “living the dream.” Moore worked out at the Berto Center (the Bulls’ practice facility in Deerfield, IL) right before the NBA Draft, and The Sports Bank asked him then what kind of feedback the Bulls gave him.

“Told me to be myself and try to get as strong as I can,” Moore said.

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#43 Purdue Boilermakers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore played such an enormous role in the Purdue Boilermakers success last season that replacing their production will be a huge challenge for Matt Painter, who nearly bolted for Missouri this off-season.  The return of Robbie Hummel will certainly help, but does Purdue have enough pieces around the returning senior?

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Purdue Gets Blown out of the Building by VCU

I guess VCU will soon become a trending term. Virginia Commonwealth University might become America’s sweethearts since we have no true cinderella this march madness season, and America loves an underdog story.

It’s fitting that Purdue University’s initials are PU, given the way they played tonight. At least on the defensive end, where they surrendered 94 points to the Rams and lost 94-76 in a game that was even more lopsided than it sounds.

The Rams even won the dance team/cheerleaders battle, as one of their girls walked across the United Center court on her hands. That physical feat was more impressive than anything the Purdue Boilermakers accomplished when it came to guarding their opposition and contesting their shots.

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Can The Purdue Boilermakers Salvage a #3 Seed?


The Purdue Boilermakers were dealt a serious blow on Friday Night when they were quite simply embarrassed by Michigan State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. This comes directly after losing in Iowa to close out the regular season.

These two steps in the wrong direction could come back to hurt the Boilermakers come Sunday when the committee considers where to draw the line between the 2, 3 and 4 seeds.

By: Nick Grays

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TSB’s Big Ten Basketball Postseason Awards

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You can have an endless debate about some of the candidates for the Big Ten basketball post-season awards.  JaJuan Johnson, Jared Sullinger, and Jordan Taylor are all worthy of being named Player of the Year.  A solid case could be made for Ohio State‘s Thad Matta, Purdue‘s Matt Painter, and Wisconsin‘s Bo Ryan winning Coach of the Year honors.  The Sports Bank panel of five voters (David Kay, Paul M. Banks, Peter Christian, Nick Grays, and Justin Mertes-Mistretta) has chimed in on their picks and handed out some post-season hardware.

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Buckeye Recap: #11 Purdue Beats #3 Ohio State Thanks to Moore’s 38

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“E’Twaun, he may put his fingers up and tell you he hit a 3-pointer, but he rarely smiles,” Purdue guard Lewis Jackson said. “Once he smiles, he’s in a zone, and you probably won’t stop him that night.” Purdue guard E’Twaun Moore was smiling all day Sunday as he lit up Ohio State for 38 points en route to a 76-63 victory.

How they lost: The Boilermakers took the lead with 3:23 left in the first half and never looked back. The Buckeyes played catchup the entire second half, eventually getting within four points after a Jared Sullinger dunk. But, it was too much Moore for Ohio State as he hit a late 3-pointer to seal the victory for Purdue.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Purdue Needs E’Twaun Moore than Ever

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With yet another season ending injury to Robbie Hummel, the Purdue Boilermakers are going to need a lot from 6’4″, 184 lb swingman E’Twaun Moore. A valuable three from East Chicago, IN, Moore matters now more than ever, as Purdue looks to fill the all the production vacated by Hummel’s absence.

They had Final Four expectations in West Lafayette before Robbie went down, but the outlook is still pretty positive this season. Purdue ranks 6th in the Fox Sports poll, 8th in the Coaches and 14th in the AP. They are expected to be a factor in a loaded Big Ten, and if you believe in the Ewing Theory, a major national player as well.

“It makes playing more interesting, more fun,” Moore said about all the talent in the Big Ten.

“From a mental standpoint it makes you tougher cuz you know every night people will be coming at your head,” he continued.

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Meet your Big Ten Leading Scorer: Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore

By Paul M. Banks

Just like Britney Spears, “Gimme More” has been a phrase often repeated by Purdue Coach Matt Painter. He’s utilized the talents of E’Twaun Moore so effectively; the junior swingman currently leads the conference in scoring at 21.2 points per game, and has scored in double figures the past 17 straight games.

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