Happy New Year from The Balance

As we draw to the close of 2012 and we move into 2013. It’s a time for all of us to pause and reflection where we have been and where we are going.

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This Week on The Balance – 10/27

 

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Airdate: October 27, 2012
Host: Tom Marquis

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9:05-9:30: Radio Speed Talk
9:30-10:00: Evan Williams – Purdue University
9:30-10:00: Jimmy “The Intern” Cavanaugh – Indiana University
10:00-10:05: Elizabeth the Greek
10:05-10:15: – NFL/Colts
10:15-10:30: – MLB
10:30-11:00: Indy Pro Sports Fantasy Football Huddle with 2 Dollar Bill Josh, Sparky, and more

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday 9a-11a EST here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2012/10/20/the-balance. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, college football, Elizabeth the Greek, NFL, MLB, and/or Fantasy Football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

This Week on The Balance – 10/20

 

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Airdate: October 20, 2012
Host: Tom Marquis

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9:05-9:30: Radio Speed Talk
9:30-10:00: Evan Williams – Purdue University
9:30-10:00: Jimmy “The Intern” Cavanaugh – Indiana University
10:00-10:05: Elizabeth the Greek
10:05-10:15: – NFL/Colts
10:15-10:30: – MLB
10:30-11:00: Indy Pro Sports Fantasy Football Huddle with 2 Dollar Bill Josh, Sparky, and more

You don’t want to miss this week’s show. You can catch it LIVE on Blog Talk Radio on Saturday 9a-11a EST here – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance/2012/10/20/the-balance. Also, feel free to call in to discuss racing, college football, Elizabeth the Greek, NFL, MLB, and/or Fantasy Football with host Tom Marquis at (917) 889-8516.

Boiler Down!/ Evan Williams

Purdue can’t hold onto lead, season ends with 63-60 loss to Kansas

It would’ve been too good to be true. It was something you would expect to see in a movie; the hardened veteran leading his underdog team to victory over the heavy favorite. This Hollywood script ending just wasn’t meant to be as Robbie Hummel and Purdue were unable to pull off the upset of Kansas and fall in the round of 32 for the second consecutive season. In a game that the tenth-seeded Purdue had no business being within 20 points of second-seeded Kansas, Coach Matt Painter and his squad executed their game plan for 39 minutes. As you know, a college game last for 40 minutes, and Purdue came up just a minute short of victory.  It is tough knowing that Purdue (22-13) was just a minute away from upsetting the Jayhawks (29-6) and advancing to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the past four seasons.

Purdue need someone to step up big time if they wanted a chance to upset Kansas, and they got that game from none other than Robbie Hummel. Hummel went off in the first half by hitting his first four shots, including three from beyond the arc. Kansas threw a multitude of defenders at Hummel, but no one could stop him, including National Player of the Year favorite Thomas Robinson. Robbie scored 22 points on 7 of 8 shooting and helped Purdue take a halftime lead of 36-30.

The game stayed in Purdue’s favor throughout the second half, until the final minutes of the contest. With under a minute remaining, the Boilers held a 60-59 lead when Lewis Jackson turned the ball over at the top of the key which lead to a Kansas bucket with 23.3 seconds remaining. Hummel got an open look at the other end on a three point shot but it rimmed out and Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor took the ball to the other end for a dunk to put the Jayhawks up for good with 2.5 seconds left. Ryne Smith got a decent look at a potential game-tying three, but it hit off the rim to secure the Kansas victory.

Robbie Hummel finished with 26 points and nine rebounds for Purdue, while D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson each added 10 points. Lewis Jackson had five points and five assists and Ryne Smith added three points as the seniors concluded their careers at Purdue. The Boilermakers did a great job at limiting Thomas Robinson early on. They were able to frustrate the Player of the Year candidate with constant double teams and held him well below his scoring average for the season. Coach Painter used many different lineups in this game and it proved to be effective. Painter’s coaching in this game was a big reason why Purdue had a chance to knock off Kansas.

Even with Purdue being in control for most of the game, I felt there were still some bad calls that went against the Boilers. Ryne Smith was called for an intentional foul early on during a play where it definitely looked like he made a clean strip of the ball. The referees also missed a pretty obvious call when Kansas center Jeff Withey interfered on a layup attempt by Anthony Johnson as he yanked on the net causing the shot the rim out. Of course Purdue could’ve made a couple of the free throws they missed, but the outcome could’ve been in Purdue’s favor had the right calls been made.

As the game ended, all attention was drawn to Robbie Hummel as his adversity filled career with the Boilermakers came to a heartbreaking end. Even if you are not a Purdue fan, you have to respect everything that Robbie Hummel has done with all he has gone through. It was really difficult seeing Robbie’s career end like that. Being so close to winning like the Boilers were, only to let it slip away. Like I said earlier, it would’ve been too good to be true had Rob hit a game winner to send Purdue to the Sweet Sixteen. I have a strong belief that Robbie is one of the greatest to ever put on the old gold and black. Though there may have been others with better statistics and more accolades, no one can match the determination, perseverance, leadership, toughness to go along with the talent that Robbie Hummel played with.  It is hard to believe that that was the last time I will ever see Hummel suit up for Purdue and lead the Boilermakers into battle. I’ve been following Hummel since his high school days when he played for Valparaiso in the Duneland Conference with my LaPorte Slicers. Even when he was a rival, I still was a fan of Rob’s and have been one for the past five seasons at Purdue.

When I sat down and read Gregg Doyel’s article on Hummel’s career today on CBS Sports, I broke down.  I wasn’t expecting to, but I just couldn’t help it. When someone who has had such an impact on the team and school you love is gone, it hurts knowing they will never put on a Purdue jersey again. Though the honor of having your number hanging in the rafters of Mackey Arena is reserved for All-Americans and 2,000 point scorers, it is only right that Robbie Hummel’s #4 is up there next season.

 

With that, we come to the end of the Baby Boiler era. A group of guys that brought Purdue back to national prominence in the college basketball world. Even before the Baby Boilers, Purdue fans should remember the contributions that guys like Carl Landry, David Teague, Chris Kramer, and Keaton Grant brought to the program. Along with them, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith were also the driving forces behind Purdue returning to the national scene. They have built the foundation that is Purdue basketball of the future, and you can count on it that the Boilermakers are here to stay. There will always be the “what if” questions surrounding the legacy of the Baby Boilers. As I know in my heart that Purdue would have at least one Final Four appearance had everything turned out how it should have.  All I can say is thank you, Rob, Lewis, and Ryne for everything you have done for our great university. You will always be beloved members of the Boilermaker family.

We now usher in a new era of Purdue basketball, and I have a lot of faith that the best is yet to come. Coach Painter will lead Purdue to its breakthrough and he has brought in the right guys to do so. D.J. Byrd will be our senior leader next year coming off his Honorable Mention All-Conference selection and being the Sixth Man of the Year. Terone Johnson is turning into an elite scorer as we saw in the last part of the season and we should expect to see him as one of the leaders of next year’s team. Travis Carroll, Anthony Johnson, and Sandi Marcius played some of their best basketball late in the season and I feel they are going to make big strides this coming year. Jacob Lawson will have time to bulk up and really get involved in the Purdue system. Painter will also be bringing in a very talented group of freshman with redshirt Donnie Hale, Rapheal Davis, AJ Hammons, Ronnie Johnson, and Jay Simpson.  Even with the losses of three great players, Purdue is here to stay.  Though I am disappointed that Purdue’s season is over, I am already excited for next year and know that Boilermaker basketball will continue to succeed.

Purdue holds off /Evan Williams

Written by Evan Williams

Purdue holds off late St. Mary’s run, advance with 72-69 win

Purdue was in control of their second round matchup with St. Mary’s for the majority of the game, until the final few minutes when it got interesting. Purdue had led by as many as 13, but the Gaels made a late push and actually took the lead 69-68 with under 1:30 to play. The big moment came when St. Mary’s Clint Steindl travelled on the inbound play giving the ball back to the Boilers. Lewis Jackson then sank a pair of free throws to give the Boilers a lead. Rob Jones, who led St. Mary’s and all scorers with 23 points, missed a three pointer at the buzzer to secure the 72-69 Purdue victory. Purdue (22-12) advances to face the winner of Kansas and Detroit, while St. Mary’s (27-6) season has come to an end.

A combination of a balanced game from Purdue and some horrible shooting from the Gaels in the first half helped the Boilers garner a 31-24 lead going into halftime. Purdue went with a smaller lineup by starting D.J. Byrd in place of Travis Carroll and it seemed to pay off. Sophomore Terone Johnson dominated St. Mary’s in the first half as he went for 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Johnson ended up leading Purdue leading scorer on the night with 21 points. I think that we are starting to see the transformation of Terone into an elite player for the Boilers. After coming off of the bench for the good part of his first season and a half, Johnson has started eight straight games and has been an offensive machine.

Lewis Jackson scored 18 points for Purdue with 15 coming in the second half including his clutch free throws. Robbie Hummel and Anthony Johnson each scored 10 for the Boilermakers.

The key for Purdue in this game was their ability to shutdown St. Mary’s best player, Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova went just 3 of 10 from the field and 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Gaels really struggled offensively in the first half, as they shot 1 of 15 from three and just 31.4% overall.

St. Mary’s turned it around after the break by keeping up with Purdue all half.  The Boilermakers then had some troubles on the both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as the Gaels went on 14-2 run to erase a ten point deficit. Dellavedova hit a pair of free throws to pull the Gaels within two with less than two minutes to play. Jorden Page then hit a three ball to give St. Mary’s its first lead, 69-68. After the Gaels Steindl was called for the travel, that’s when Jackson hit his free throws with the Boilers season on the line. Purdue went up 70-69 and were able to pad their lead after Robbie Hummel hit a pair. Jones then missed his three point attempt as the buzzer sounded to give Purdue its 14th consecutive opening round victory in the NCAA tournament.

The tenth-seeded Boilers will now face off against the Kansas/Detroit winner on Sunday in the round of 32. Purdue is looking to return to the Sweet Sixteen after losing to VCU in last year’s NCAA tourney in the round of 32.

 

We want to hear The Voice of the Boiler Nation…BOILER UP!

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.