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The Balance is so excited to be a part of the new YAHOO SPORTS

We will debut Saturday May 2nd 2015 1-3 p.m.

Yahoo Sports Indiana will run an encore show of our LIVE show that airs every Saturday 9-11 A.M

Check them out at http://www.indianasportsradio.com/

SBO BABY!

If you missed this mornings show, make sure you catch here,or blog-talk radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-balance

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.

That was just this week…come be a minion today – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Balance/132589863441272

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.

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.