Purdue’s Matt Painter against graduation transfer rule

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The Wisconsin Badgers Bo Ryan and the Michigan Wolverines John Beilein have been hammered in the national media in relation to the NCAA graduation transfer rule, a stipulation that allows a college basketball player to enroll at another school once his eligibility is exhausted, should he a.) enroll in graduate school b.) the new institution has the desired major, but the old school did not.

Here’s more opinion from another Big Ten coach. Matt Painter, head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers, doesn’t like it.

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Purdue coach Matt Painter throwing out first ball at White Sox game

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Purdue college basketball coach Matt Painter will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday night before the Chicago White Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

The game is set for 7:10 p.m. CDT.

This won’t be as exciting as the Snoop Doggy Dogg first pitch, but maybe Painter will “Tebow” after it, like Snoop did. Ok, probably not. [Read more…]

Training Camp for Junior Team USA Basketball Opens Tomorrow

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Need basketball news? Yeah, I thought so. Well, we’ve got you covered.

Five players with prior Team USA Basketball experience, and 21 college basketball players overall arrive in Colorado Springs, Colo., tomorrow for the start of the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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Purdue is the #4 team in the nation by the way

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By Paul M. Banks

The Purdue Boilermakers are the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten, and currently ranked #4 in the AP poll. Their junior class is quite possibly the best single class in college basketball right now. And their coach Matt Painter, is one of the greatest young, up and coming minds in college basketball. I got a chance to speak with Painter at Big Ten Media Day. And he discussed his outlook on the season. Optimism, concerns, everything.