Boilers no match for Buckeys!!/Evan Williams

Boilers no match for Buckeys!!

Written by Evan Williams

Boilers can’t keep up with Buckeyes, fall 88-72

After Ohio State started the game on a 13-3 run, it looked as if Purdue was going to get pummeled. The Boilers fought back and kept the game close for the majority of the contest, but could not hold off a late Buckeye run which led to their demise, 88-72 in the Quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Third-seeded Ohio State (26-6) will advance to the semifinals where they will face second-seeded Michigan. Purdue (21-12) will likely end up as either a dreaded 8 or 9 seed in the NCAA tournament with the loss.

After OSU’s big early lead, Purdue fought back and trimmed the lead after a couple of three pointers’ from D.J. Byrd. Purdue kept up with the Buckeyes for the rest of the half, going into the intermission down 40-36. The game was determined in the second half as Purdue failed to get leading scorer Robbie Hummel involved, and the Buckeyes dominated the Boilers in the paint. Hummel only scored six points on 2-8 shooting on the night. Purdue was also at a big disadvantage down low as they couldn’t stop Jared Sullinger as he went for 30 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. Fort Wayne native Deshaun Thomas added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes who out-rebounded Purdue 39-28. OSU put three other players in double figures as well.

Purdue didn’t go down without a fight as they trimmed the Buckeye lead to 62-59, but that was the last time Purdue was in the game. A couple of three point plays by the Buckeyes and some put backs pushed OSU’s lead to 14 and the rest was history.

D.J. Byrd led Purdue on the night with 20 points and Terone Johnson continued his outstanding play recently with 15 points. Lewis Jackson put up a quiet double-double with 10 points and a season high 10 assists.

Coach Matt Painter was given a technical foul after arguing with referees about a no call after OSU’s Aaron Craft wrapped up a Purdue player for the multiple times during the game. I fully support Painter making this plea to the officials. While Craft is a great defender, he’s a dirty player and I feel gets the benefit of the doubt a lot of times because of who he is. Besides Craft’s regular dirty tactics, Sullinger also continued his act of complaining every time he is touched and gets most of the calls to go his way. If Purdue players cried to the officials as much as Baby Sully did, maybe more calls would go their way.

Purdue played well for most of the game, but the inside game is what killed them. Purdue always has a rough time playing a team with a good inside presence due to the lack of theirs. I’ve really been encouraged by Purdue’s play as of recent, but if the Boilers run into a good inside team in the tournament it could be a setup for failure. I also feel that Purdue can’t be successful if they don’t get Robbie Hummel more involved. You can’t expect to win when your best player only attempts eight shots on the night. I do think this is a Purdue team that can make a run in the tournament, if they get a favorable draw. As of now, Purdue is likely an 8 or 9 seed which wouldn’t be the best for the Boilers as they would face a 1 seed in the second round.  I really hope Purdue can make a run, Robbie Hummel and the other seniors deserve it. They were part of the group that led to the resurgence of Purdue basketball, and the program wouldn’t be where it is without them.

Four days of Basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

How will how the BIG TEN conference tournament  play out, we have an exciting four days of basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

During the season, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan tied for first place.

Wisconsin and Indiana finished just one and two games behind first place, respectively, making it five Big Ten teams in the Top 15 in the country.

Don’t forget about Purdue and Northwestern, who both have a good shot of making the NCAA tournament too.

Madness will clearly ensue for all four days (official bracket and schedule), and while studs like Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Taylor and Cody Zeller will get the attention, here’s a look at some underrated players to keep your eye on.

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!Peyton Manning’s 14-year career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end.

The four-time league MVP missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae. His doctors have medically cleared him to resume his career and Manning has increased his throwing regimen.

The decision to pass on the $28 million bonus owed Manning and not to pick up the four remaining years on his contract means Manning will become a free agent

What are your thoughts on the release of Peyton Manning!

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Does 4 years 36 million sound like a good number?

You better believe it does to Colts DE Robert Mathis.

Mathis is Robert Mathis, one of the NFL’s most dangerous pass-rush ends. The Colts are expected  to move from its traditional 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 under first-year coach Chuck Pagano, Mathis’ skills and forcefulness are still needed by The Colts!

Pagano is a defensive guy and I think he just made his first bold statement as a head coach!

The real multi-million  dollar question is does this mean that we could be saying goodbye to Freeney

And the other question we are waiting for answers will be soon…Yeah I know what your saying you almost made it thru an entire article without saying his name….

Joke is on you because I didnt say his name!

One thing is for sure we are standing by to bring you the News when it breaks!

 

 

 

IU Dominates Purdue/Evan Williams

IU Dominates Purdue/ written by Evan Williams

Bad first half dooms Purdue; fall to #18 Indiana 85-74

 

After suffering their first loss to Indiana earlier this year for the first time since 2008, Purdue was looking to upset the 18th ranked Hoosiers on their Senior Night. After a very poor shooting performance in the first half, the Boilers (20-11, 10-8 B1G) were unable to overcome the Hoosiers (24-7, 11-7) as they lost 85-74 at Assembly Hall. The win for Indiana marked the first time the Hoosiers have swept Purdue since the 2005-06 season.

The difference in the game came down to the shooting for both teams. Indiana played excellent basketball and shot an outstanding 66.7% from the field in the first half. The Hoosiers also went 8 of 14 from three. Purdue shot 36.4% from the field in the first half and finished with 43.8% for the game. Tonight was just a night where it seemed everything Indiana threw at the basketball went in and Purdue could not have bought a bucket.  A fast paced game, Indiana raced out to a big lead early and took a 49-34 lead into half time.  The game did not change coming out of the intermission as Indiana continued its great shooting display.

Christian Watford led Indiana with 19 points and Will Sheehey scored 16. Cody Zeller scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked two shots for the Hoosiers.  The Hoosiers five seniors: Kory Barnett, Verdell Jones III, Daniel Moore, Tom Pritchard, and Matt Roth all saw playing time on Senior Night.

Purdue put five players in double figures with Lewis Jackson leading the way with 17 points. Robbie Hummel scored 16 and pulled down eight rebounds. Terone Johnson added 13 while Ryne Smith and D.J. Byrd scored 12 points each.  The Boilers just could not seem to get it together early on and were unable to be effective from long range, shooting 8-21 from three.

I would not say that the Boilermakers did not play well on defense; they just were unable to get as more scoring opportunities as Indiana had. No one from Indiana got into any foul trouble and the Boilers only had 13 attempts from the line compared to the Hoosiers 25. Purdue actually turned the ball over less than Indiana, with 10 turnovers compared to the Hoosiers 12. Without a true inside scoring threat, Purdue was forced to shoot the ball where they had been struggling all game.

Purdue made a late run in the second half, and got the score to 77-71 but were running out of time. Indiana went on to hit eight of ten free throws to end the game.

It was disappointing to see Purdue lose to Indiana twice in one year, especially after the Boilermakers recent dominance in the series.  The Purdue and Indiana rivalry is coming back into the form where it is one of the best in the country. Both teams are getting better and both have great recruits coming in. One thing that bothers me is the talk that Indiana had so much of a better year than Purdue and that Purdue had an awful season. If you look at it this way, had Purdue not dropped the three out of conference games, they would have the same record as IU. As far as how the season went, I’d say it is safe to say that when you lose your two best players that are NBA draft picks, you might have some sort of a drop off. Indiana lost no one significant from last year’s team, and they added a great player in Cody Zeller.  I also do not think that Indiana fans should forget about the recent terrible seasons they had such as their 6-25 season in 2009.  As much as I despise Indiana athletics and a good majority of the fans I encounter, I do have respect for the school and the knowledgeable fans out there.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Big Ten Tournament is now upon us.  Sixth seed Purdue will take on 11th seeded Nebraska; a team the Boilers recently pounded 83-65, on Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.

Purdue Women BIG 10/Evan Williams

#21  win Big Ten Tournament after outlasting #24 Nebraska in Double OT

 

Earlier this season, Purdue dropped a triple overtime thriller to Nebraska at Mackey Arena. The Lady Boilermakers (24-8) made sure that they would not have a similar outcome this time as they sealed a 74-70 win over the Cornhuskers (24-8) for their eighth Big Ten Tournament title in the past 17 years.

Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who hit the game winner over Penn State in the semifinal game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  Sophomore guard KK Houser was also named to the All-Tourney team.

Purdue led 56-54 with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, but fouled Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore who made both free throws. After the first overtime ended, Purdue was able to take advantage of Nebraska’s fatigue in the second overtime.   Purdue’s depth on the bench proved to be key and helped lead the Boilers to the 74-70 victory after a desperation shot from Nebraska missed the net. 27 points from Moore and 25 from Jordan Hooper were not enough to carry Nebraska’s lack of bench scoring.  The Boilermakers’ bench outscored Nebraska’s 26-2. A much more physical team, Coach Sharon Versyp’s squad was also able to out muscle the Huskers on the boards, 51-40.

Houser led Purdue with 19 points on the day. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilers and Sam Ostarello notched eight points and 10 rebounds. Rayburn added nine points, in limited time due to foul trouble.

With the Big Ten Tournament title, Purdue should have some nice momentum going into the NCAA tournament. I really feel that Purdue has a great chance of making a deep run in the tourney. This team has the talent to make the run; they just have to bring it all together.

We love you, Peyton!

I would like to take a moment to introduce Brian Jensen. Brian is a true Colts fan…or should I say a “SUPER COLTS FAN.” I am sure you have seen him at the Colts home games. Each week we will feature the “SPARKY”… so without further adieu I bring the first Sparky.

So this coming week is the week as a Colts fan we wonder where this franchise is going to headed. Does Jim Irsay pay Peyton Manning and keep his, what will most likely be, best QB of all time or does he let him go and bring in what might be the next QB of the Colts for the next 10-15 years?

We all would like to see Peyton finish his career as a Colt. Let’s face it though, he might be on his way to another team. If this happens we would think that wherever he ends his career as a player that he will come back to Indianapolis and coach in some way. There are a lot of ways that this could play out, but with the highly rated Andrew Luck at the top of the board and with the No. 1 pic, ‘what do you do?’

As a fan, you don’t think about the future in the business perspective. We only see #18, one of if not the best, QB ever. The man that helped build Lucas Oil Stadium, the face of the Colts. The business side would be thinking about the next 10-15 years not the next 3-5. Andrew Luck is the most guaranteed player coming out of the draft since Peyton Manning. Draft Luck and let Peyton go. I want the future of the Colts to be as great as the last 10 years. As for Peyton, wherever he goes, I will be one of the first to own his new jersey and that team will easily be my second team until Manning retires and comes back to Indy to be a coach. We love you, Peyton, and good luck to you, whatever the outcome may be… GO COLTS!!!!!

Brian Jensen
“SPARKY” SUPERCOLTSFAN

MLB Expanded Playoffs For 2012

Major League Baseball is expanding its playoff format to 10 teams. MLB announced the move Friday, adding two clubs to the postseason format. A second wild-card team now will be included in each league. There then will be a one-game playoff to decide which team advances. Commissioner Bud Selig says the change “increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year.” This is the first change in baseball’s playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added. In a further complication, both sides reached a consensus that ties for division titles would be broken on the field with a tiebreaker game under the new format, and not by head-to-head record.

Should MLB allow more teams in your Playoffs? This is The fans voice…Lets hear it
Which MLB playoff format do you prefer?

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