#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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What NBA Teams are interested in Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson?

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There are over 14 NBA teams who have interviewed JaJuan Johnson. The talented power forward was one of the most accomplished and heralded players in Big Ten history, and his four years in West Lafyatte were extremely memorable for all the right reasons.

Not many Purdue Boilermakers excelled and excited on both ends of the floor like he did.

By Paul M. Banks

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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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2011 NCAA Tournament: Southwest Regional Bracket Breakdown

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Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page.  Check out my East, West, and Southeast Regional Bracket Breakdowns.

By: David Kay
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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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All-Big Ten Basketball Teams Announced; Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson POY

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Six members of the Big Ten champion and top-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team were recognized among the 2011 All-Big Ten men’s basketball teams and award winners, announced Monday by the conference office. Jared Sullinger was a unanimous pick for Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the coaches and media and garnered first team All-Big Ten honors, while fellow rookie Aaron Craft was named the Sixth Man of the Year by the league coaches.

“We are fortunate to play in a tremendous league with outstanding players,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said. “To have five of our top six players recognized with postseason honors is a tribute to their hard work.”

JaJuan Johnson from the Purdue Boilermakers received player of the year honors

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Purdue Boilermakers Owning State of Indiana Basketball Right Now

When Robbie Hummel went down with a season-ending injury in mid October, many college basketball pundits believed the Purdue Boilermakers’ dream season to be was lost. Their lofty top ten, in some cases top five, national ranking seemed no longer appropriate, and many experts wrote them off.

Yet here they are, the second most consistent and powerful team in the Big Ten. They’re ranked #14 in the national polls,19th in scoring margin, 24th in defense, 12th in turnover margin, 17th in assists, and 6th in assist to turnover ratio. And they have the conference’s leading scorer in JaJuan Johnson; who’s giving Jared Sullinger from Ohio State a run for his money for the conference MVP award.

And fresh off a demolishing of their hated rivals, the Indiana Hoosiers, the Boilers are by far the best basketball team in the state most rich in basketball tradition. As Butler, the Indiana Pacers and the Hoosiers struggle, Matt Painter’s team looks very strong.

By Paul M. Banks

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Maturi Shows Intelligent Restraint with Mbakwe Mishap

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Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson Named Mid-Season All-American

Purdue Boilermakers senior forward/center JaJuan Johnson was recognized for his early-season efforts on Wednesday when Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News counted him among his five college basketball midseason All-Americans.

The second AP Preseason All-American in Purdue history, Johnson is averaging 19.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game on the season. In two Big Ten games, the Indianapolis native is producing at a rate of 20.5 points and 8.5 boards per outing.

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JaJuan Johnson Adds Weight, Needs to Carry the Load at Purdue

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The Purdue Boilermakers came in with high hopes for a Big Ten and possibly a national championship, but their college basketball season took  a serious turn for the worse before it even got started when Boilers MVP Robbie Hummel went down for the count on October 15th. Now Boilers coach Matt Painter will no doubt emulate Britney Spears by saying “Gimme More,” as in E’Twaun Moore and also run more offense through power forward JaJuan Johnson.

JJ talked about how tough it was for his close friend Hummel to see a second season end so disappointingly.

“We came in together, have a really close relationship and I really felt bad for him personally. That really is one of the main reasons I came back to this school, to have the opportunity to play with these guys again, it kind of sucks for him,” Johnson said.

He also mentioned that Hummel received about 200 text messages within the two minutes after it was announced that he was out for the season.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big 10 lands 5 Ballers on Team USA Select Roster

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Today, we learned the roster of the USA Basketball Select Team that will train against the National Team during its July 19-24 camp in Las Vegas. Five of the 20 collegians chosen for the Select Team are from the Big TenWilliam Buford (Ohio State), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Mike Tisdale (Illinois), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), and John Shurna (Northwestern). These players will help the U.S. National Team prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Championship. The Big Ten leads all conferences with it’s 5 selections.

By Paul M. Banks

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JaJuan Johnson Should be an NBA Four

By Paul M. Banks

Purdue forward/center JaJuan Johnson’s skill sets make him a prototypical Power Forward and NOT a Center in “The League”- should be decide to come out after this season.

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