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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Purdue wins 13th Consecutive NCAA Opening Round Game

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For the second year in a row, the Purdue Boilermakers played, and defeated a MAAC team. Last year it was the Siena Saints, this college basketball season it was the Peacocks of ULA (sorry, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reference) of St. Peter’s. This now makes it 13 years in a row for the Boilers; they’ve got this opening round thing down pat.

“Obviously, Purdue’s had a pretty good program for many years. It’s a very good basketball school. Obviously, Coach Keady did a good job in his 25 years. We try to get our teams ready and lock into our opponent, but also understand the most important thing is Purdue. Have our guys ready to play and compete and be together, and we’ve been fortunate enough to win some opening round games,” Coach Matt Painter said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Purdue has Off-Court Distractions as they Begin NCAA Tournament

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This March Madness, the Purdue Boilermakers, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region, will face No. 14 seed Saint Peter’s on Friday in second-round NCAA Tournament action. (TNT 7:20 p.m. ET) They’ll do so without sophomore guard Kelsey Barlow has been suspended for the remainder of the 2010-11 season for conduct detrimental to the team, head coach Matt Painter announced on Tuesday.

Barlow’s numbers may not jump out on you, but he’s a great defender. And his absence is just one of three off-the-court stories in the media this week which may or may not distract the Boilers away from the game.

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