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.

Reggie Wayne Stays a Colt!

So much for Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts last week, ending up on the same tem.

Wayne, 33, has been a vital partof the Colts offense for years, first as the complimentary receiver to Marvin Harrison, then as Manning’s No. 1 option.

In 2011, the five-time Pro Bowler still excelled even as Manning missed the entire season after neck surgery. Wayne had 75 receptions for 960 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2010, Wayne had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns. He has 11,708 career receiving yards, putting him 22nd on the all-time list. He is one of only 26 receivers in NFL history to have more than 11,000 yards.

Fans this is where your voice counts…Lets hear it!

IndyCar goes Hollywood

IndyCar  inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to make “Turbo to hit theaters in the summer of 2013.

The animated movie features an ordinary garden snail that dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500, and gets a chance to do just that after a freak accident leaves it with extraordinary speed.

The film is scheduled for release July 19, 2013, and is the biggest deal yet for IndyCar’s Entertainment division.

Filmmakers hope the racing snail can become as big a hit as the Cars series that featured a talking, NASCAR-style race car.

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!

Calling all Cinderellas: looking for a March Madness contestant – not seeded first or second – that can surprise some people, bust some brackets and become the sweetheart of the Big Ball.

The March Madness brackets are set and fans are frantically filling out their predictions. Before you put everything down in pen, have a look at our five favorite teams to make a deeper-than-expected run in the tournament and become this year’s Cinderella story:

Florida State Seminoles
East Region If we’re following the Cinderella blueprint from last year, the Florida State Seminoles are the pattern

Virginia Commonwealth Rams
South Region

Last year’s surprise Final Four entrant could be ready for some more exploits this year. Head coach Shaka Smart was tempted with lucrative offers from bigger programs but instead stayed in Richmond, and has once again brought his team to the dance.

Michigan Wolverines
Midwest Region

Heading into the Tournament, the Wolverines might be overlooked a little bit considering they took a 22-point loss from Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament and dropped down to a four seed.

Kansas State Wildcats
East Region

All of the attention in the Big 12 is focused on Missouri, their Big 12 tournament win, their departure to the SEC and their snubbing of a top seed. But another Big 12 team coming off a good season could make some noise at the Big Dance.

New Mexico Lobos
West Region

If you haven’t met Lobos forward Drew Gordon, you might get to know him better in the coming weeks. When he’s on (17 double-doubles on the season), the Lobos are one tough team to beat. Just ask 18th-ranked San Diego State, who saw him take control with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Mountain West Championship Game en route to the upset.

 

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.

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