Purdue reels in top 25 recruiting class

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The Purdue basketball staff wrapped up one of the nation’s top recruiting classes on Wednesday, as a highly-regarded trio signed National Letters of Intent to begin competing for the Boilermakers in the 2013-14 season.

Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise a class that is ranked as the 23rd-best in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

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Former Purdue guard Kelsey Barlow lands at UIC

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UIC announced the addition of former Purdue guard Kelsey Barlow, who transferred to UIC to complete his final season of eligibility.  Barlow will sit out the 2012-13 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations, and have one year of eligibility remaining, which will be satisfied during the 2013-14 season.

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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.

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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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Purdue Boilermakers Tournament Resume: Strengths and Weaknesses

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In our latest NCAA Tournament projection, we have the Purdue Boilermakers as an #11 seed in the West Regional, out in Albuquerque. In other words, just a line or two above bubble status. And since February is here- time to think about who needs to shore up the old resume for selection time come March.

And given how dreadful the Boilers have been at Conseco Fieldhouse, don’t expect them to augment their tourney ready chops at the Big Ten Tournament. Even though the beautiful venue is just a short drive from their West Lafayette campus, Purdue fans will no doubt head into c0nference tournament weekend hoping to be rock solid enough that a one-and-done in Indy won’t have consequence.

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Purdue 58, Northwestern 56: Rapid Reaction

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In Tuesday’s 66-64 loss to Michigan, Purdue senior Robbie Hummel missed a big shot at the end of the game to send the Boilermakers to their second straight loss and third in the past four games.

(Guest post by Kevin Trahan of bigtenorbust.com, purplewildcats.com and the Daily Northwestern.)

On Saturday, he made sure he didn’t repeat that performance, sinking Northwestern with a tough floater with 8.1 seconds left en route to a 58-56 win.

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Michigan State Needs to Fix Defensive Lapses to Become Elite

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This what #9 Michigan State has given up in scoring in their four losses: 67 to North Carolina, 74 to Duke, 81 to Northwestern, 6o to Michigan.

In their 16 wins, they’ve held everyone under 70 with the exception of Lehigh; a game they won 90-81. The losses to the Wolverines and Tar Heels were much more on the offense than the D, but the pattern is still obvious: when the Spartans play defense like a traditional Tom Izzo team is known to do, they are elite.

They look like an Elite Eight, Final Four team. But when they have those occasional defensive lapses, which have been few and far between, they look like an ordinary team.

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Mich St Fans Get Repulsive; Draymond Tips Ball into Purdue Goal

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Michigan State may have absolutely slaughtered Purdue 83-58 yesterday, but the battle between the two traditional Big Ten powers still had some embarrassing, and down-right dark moments in the lop-sided win.

Spartans leader (in scoring, rebounding and emotion) Draymond Green accidentally stuffed the ball home for Purdue (watch video after the jump). But much worse, the Izzone, the MSU student cheering section went really low and class-less in heckling Boilermakers star Robbie Hummel.

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Thunderous Buzzer Beater Tip Dunk by Purdue’s Robbie Hummel (Video)

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Purdue senior forward Robbie Hummel had a sweet buzzer-beating tip-dunk at the end of the first-half buzzer of a Boilermakers’ win earlier this year.

Today it was announced that the play was nominated for GEICO Play of the Year. Watch it after the jump.

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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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Mavericks Brian Cardinal Gets Internship with Purdue Basketball

Member of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and former Boilermakers star Brian Cardinal joined the Purdue athletics staff as an athletics administration intern. Obviously, this won’t be your typical type of college internship, as it involves a multi-millionaire who has some time on his hands with the NBA lockout.

Cardinal’s internship will include roles with the John Purdue Club and Purdue’s Wooden Leadership Institute, as well as mentoring student-athletes and non-coaching day-to-day activities in various areas around the department.

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