Purdue Boilermakers vs Vanderbilt Commodores Game Preview, Prediction

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As the SEC and their fan bases love to tell you- “it just means more.” Because hey, the southeastern conference is just that much more exceptional than the rest of the country. In all seriousness though, the Vanderbilt Commodores visit to the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday does have the air of a quasi-bowl elimination contention contest.

You might think it sounds crazy to say that about a game in week, but look at where both teams finished last season (6-6, lost their bowl game), where they’re projected to be this season (most outlets have them finishing in the 6-6 area again) and how the season began (neither side can really afford to fall to 0-2 here, given the conference grinds ahead).

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Big Ten Scoring Champ Carsen Edwards: NBA Draft Stock Update

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(Editor’s note: this Carsen Edwards NBA Draft stock article from the end of the regular season is now being re-posted with the NBA Draft tomorrow night)

It won’t be official until tomorrow, but Purdue junior combo guard Carsen Edwards (23.4 points per game entering the regular season finale) will win the Big Ten scoring title. It will make him the third Boilermaker in the last nine years to lead the Big Ten in scoring (JaJuan Johnson in 2011 (20.7) and Caleb Swanigan in 2017 (18.9).

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Purdue Fans, Listen to Matt Painter and Retire the “IU Sucks” Chant

Social change is accomplished when hearts and minds are moved to change. The first time I heard the “IU Sucks” chant at a Purdue home game (win over Northwestern in 2016), I admit that I thought it quirky and funny. It reminded me of the times I’ve been to Fenway Park, when the Boston Red Sox are playing the Detroit Tigers and the fans chant “Yankees Suck!”

Over time though, my opinion has evolved, and if you clicked here with an open mind, perhaps yours will too. Or maybe it won’t, but the point is Purdue head coach Matt Painter believes it’s time to abolish the “IU Sucks” chant, and I agree with him wholeheartedly.

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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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Top 10 College Football and Basketball Rivalries

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College football season begins tomorrow night! The first full slate of full games follows two days later. In the spirit of the season, we present the ten best rivalries in the game, and give you the corresponding date to circle on your calendar.

This is a football centric list, but we have the best college basketball rivalries on here as well.

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Michigan State’s Branden Dawson punches Purdue’s Travis Carroll: VIDEO

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During the Michigan State Spartans utter destruction of the Purdue Boilermakers today, you might have noticed a little punch thrown by State forward Branden Dawson on Purdue’s Travis Carroll. Tom Izzo coached players do not act like this; McDonald’s All-Americans do not like act like this. Watch the video to see the act for yourself. Of course, the Spartans deny it. Deny deny deny:

video h/t Hammer and Rails

Michigan State sports information director Matt Larson sent the following in an email to the BTN:

“The angle of Branden Dawson that BTN had during the broadcast certainly makes it look like there might have been a punch. However, I’ve viewed an angle from underneath the basket and that does not appear to be the case.”

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Purdue Boilermakers to fire coach Danny Hope

This has been talked about for quite some time- no shock with the axe dropping. Here’s a tweet from the Indiana Hoosiers Rivals account:

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Multiple sources tell http://Peegs.com  this is Danny Hope’s final season as Purdue FB coach, regardless of the outcome of today’s game.

Therefore, a bucket for a bowl isn’t enough to save his gig. Winning a rivalry game won’t salvage his well below .500 career.

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#36 Purdue Boilermakers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With three of their top four scorers gone from last year, the Purdue Boilermakers are in a bit of a transition year.  In typical Matt Painter fashion though, he will get the most of out his roster and have the Boilers back in the NCAA Tournament.

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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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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Purdue Boilermakers: Brutally Honest Preview

In order to evaluate the status of a team, sometimes it’s best to look at their coach’s record in conference play.

Wisconsin Badgers coach Bret Bielema owns a 34-16 record in Big Ten Conference play while the Purdue Boilermakers Danny Hope has a 10-15 record. Hope has aspirations to go in the direction Bielema has taken the Badgers and it all begins with a critical game in West Lafayette this weekend.

Meanwhile, Bielema looks to maintain the Badgers recent dominance against the Boilermakers; six straight wins and four straight at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium (last loss back in 1997).

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Notre Dame vs. Purdue: news, notes, nuggets and tidbits

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Notre Dame has opened its home schedule with Purdue on 12 previous occasions. No program has faced the Irish more often in their home openers than the Boilermakers.

Notre Dame holds a 10-2 record against Purdue in home openers. This year’s lid lifter with Purdue is the second home opener with the Boilermakers in the past three years (2010). Prior to ’10, Notre Dame had not opened its home slate with Purdue since 2002.

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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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