The Balance presents Breaking Rank air date 1/19/2016

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On tonights show Host of the Balance “el presidente” Tom Marquis talks to Walt Ferber Sportscaster at University of Evansville/ESPN 3 and Program/Sports Dir Account Executive at WITZ/WQKZ RADIO. Walt talks ‘Big Ten Basketball as well as Missouri Valley Conference Evansville Purple Aces, and their great start.

Also we replay an interview from the Balance which aired Saturday 1/16/2016 Pat Donohue (@SportsDownPat) recruiting analyst/writer for Rivals.com,TerrapinSportsReport joined us for conversation about #3 Maryland Men’s Basketball and his perception of Melo Trimble.

The Balance airs live on Saturdays right here on Indiana Talks, 9-11am ET with your host “el presidente” Tom Marquis

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We had a great conversation with Kinion Bankston from Southern Boyz Outdoors http://southernboyzoutdoors.com

If you like hunting alligator, hog, squirrel, turkey, deer, Frog gigging, fishin, or anything outdoors then Southern Boyz Outdoors is for you. Kinion really is a down to earth guy. Married 27 years to his wife Tanya and has 2 kids and 2 grandkids. A real family man. Southern Boyz Outdoors began in 2009 and first appeared on social media in 2011. He and his crew are big supporters of Veterans. They enjoy teaching kids and families about gun safety and safe hunting. Big Supporter of Hunters support Hunters. I was really impressed with the work they do with wounded warriors I cant say enough good things about Kinion and SBO. Take some time to check them out!, SBO BABY!!!!

Great conversation with Evan Williams from Purdue University, Evan is one of our college basketball contributors. Evan was on campus this week during the campus shooting that claimed the life of Andrew Boldt, 23. Evan was in his fraternity house and was safe however he was able to give us the student point view. Evan also gave a great perspective of Boiler Basketball this year, and today’s top 25 games

Walt Ferber from WITZ/WQKZ RADIO gave us look at this weeks IU/Illinois game. The question was asked is Coach Crean the right guy for Indiana. As good of a coach as coach Crean is can he lead the Hoosiers to a “MARCH DANCE” What are you thoughts? I agree with Walt “he may not be the best, but who could be better”?

Finally one of our favorite guest Jeff Curts from Bears Claws, a Chicago Bears site, and Publisher of The Slant…2014 NFL Draft Guide, gave us a great insight the up and coming NFL stars, and report from the Senior Bowl in Mobile AL. Make sure you get your copy today from http://www.theslantdraftguide.com.

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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.