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  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:09 PM
    Some of the best scorers ever to wear a Purdue uniform played for the Boilermakers in the fast-paced, high-scoring 1960s college basketball. 
    The final year of the decade remains the high water mark for Purdue basketball, reaching the 1969 NCAA championship game but running into UCLA at the peak of John Wooden's dominance. A staggering five players from that Boilermaker team are in this week's top 10.

    10. Roger Blalock

    Despite a tough luck ending to his college career, suffering a broken ankle against Butler in December 1967, Blalock was a success story at Purdue.
    After transferring from Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, Blalock averaged 12.3 points a game during the 1966-67 season. That began a long association with Purdue for Blalock, who served as an assistant basketball coach from 1974-79 and an athletics administrator from 1994 to his retirement in January 2012. Blalock died less than three months later at the age of 65.
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  • Friday, January 31, 2020 11:19 PM

    LINDEN – North Montgomery’s boys basketball team was four minutes away from avenging a tough loss to Western Boone a few weeks ago in the Sugar Creek Classic.

    The next 240 seconds proved to be a nightmare for the Chargers, which saw Western Boone reel off 14 unanswered points on the way to a 57-52 victory Friday night.

    The comeback completed a sweep for the visiting Stars, who spoiled senior night for the North Montgomery girls with a 57-29 victory in the opener.

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  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:38 PM

    The 1970s were a frustrating period for Purdue basketball and its fans. Rick Mount and the 1969-70 Boilermakers fell just short of back-to-back Big Ten titles under coach George King.

    When King left the bench in 1972 to become full-time athletic director, he reached into his West Virginia connections to hire Fred Schaus. Schaus had a solid record (104-60) as head coach, leading Purdue to the 1974 NIT championship. Unfortunately this was the period that saw Bob Knight revive a dormant Indiana program into a national power, winning the 1976 NCAA title with a perfect 32-0 record. Some say his shadow still engulfs Purdue 20 years after leaving Bloomington.

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  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:44 PM

    LINDEN – Tyler Boyle hit the second of two free throw attempts with 2.9 seconds remaining Tuesday night, lifting West Lafayette to a 56-55 boys basketball victory at North Montgomery.

    The Chargers’ third consecutive loss didn’t come without a fight. Jaron Bradford and Alex Wallace combined to sink four 3-pointers after North Montgomery fell behind 48-39 with 4:35 to play.

    But success behind the 3-point line – the Chargers were 7 of 10 – came at a price. North Montgomery, which was 8 of 8 from the free throw line in the first half, did not attempt a free throw during the second half.

    While West Lafayette struggled mightily at the line (9-19), Boyle and Yanni Karlaftis hit the ones that made sure the Red Devils went home winners.

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  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:37 PM
    The 1980s began with Purdue basketball’s most recent NCAA Final Four appearance and ended with Gene Keady well on his way to becoming the winningest Boilermaker coach in school history with three Big Ten Conference championships.
    Several stars of those Big Ten championship teams, and one starter from that Final Four squad, are on this week’s Top 10 Boilermakers of the 1980s
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  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:10 PM

    The 1990s were the peak of Gene Keady’s 25-year basketball coaching career at Purdue, most notably the run of three consecutive outright Big Ten Conference championships from 1994-96.

    Two Indiana Mr. Basketball winners and an Arkansas Mr. Basketball are on this list as recruiting began to improve with the help of assistant coaches Frank Kendrick and Bruce Weber.

    10. Mike Robinson

    A McDonald’s All-American in 1996, Robinson was a smooth small forward and an underrated rebounder.

    His 11.8 points and 6 rebounds a game as a senior helped Purdue reach the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight in 2000. Robinson scored 1,322 career points, one of three Boilermakers to eclipse 1,000 points on the Elite Eight roster (joining fellow seniors Brian Cardinal and Jaraan Cornell.)
    Robinson went into coaching after an 11-year pro career in Argentina, leading South County to the 2018 Virginia Class 6 state championship.

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  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 5:02 PM

    The decade of the 2000s was a tale of two halves for Purdue basketball. A decade that began with an Elite Eight trip in the NCAA tournament declined to a last place Big Ten finish in 2006. 

    But things began to turn around with a handful of players you’ll see in this week’s countdown of the greatest Boilermaker basketball players by decade.

    10. Rodney Smith

    The forward from Pike was team MVP as a junior in 2001, a season that ended prematurely with a broken bone in his right foot. He led the Boilermakers in scoring (13.9) and was their best shooter at 54 percent overall and 44.3 percent from 3-point range.

    9. Brandon McKnight

    McKnight was a three-year starting point guard for coach Gene Keady’s final Purdue teams from 2002-05. A remarkably consistent player, McKnight averaged 4 assists a game as a junior and a senior while his scoring averages were 12.8 and 12.5 per game. His pro career included stops in Turkey, Sweden, Israel, Germany, France and Belgium.

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  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:17 PM

    LINDEN – North Putnam set the pace during the first half of Tuesday night’s girls basketball game at North Montgomery.

    The Cougars’ pressing defense hurried the Chargers into numerous turnovers. Except for a brief stretch in the third quarter, North Putnam dominated in a 56-34 victory.

    North Montgomery (9-7) committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter and only took seven shots to fall behind 17-11.

    “North Put came out with a lot of energy, a lot of excitement,” North Montgomery coach Ryan Nuppnau said. “They are very, very athletic; very quick. They anticipate very well. We just need to take care of the ball better, be stronger with our passes. Be better with our pass fakes to get them leaning one way or the other.

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020 5:36 PM

    It’s a new decade and a time to reflect.

    Some of the best ever to wear a Purdue basketball uniform played for coach Matt Painter during the past 10 years. Today, let’s take a look back at the 10 best of the 2010s. In the following weeks, we’ll do the same going back a century.

    10. Rapheal Davis

    Davis transformed himself from prolific high school scorer to the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. More importantly,  his leadership of a young core inspired them to rise from the ashes of a last place Big Ten finish to eventually earn two conference titles in three years

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  • Thursday, December 26, 2019 1:29 PM

    Here’s one New Year’s resolution: I shall not pick a Michigan team coached by Jim Harbaugh to beat Ohio State in 2020 or the near future.

    That error in judgment was about the only blemish on my Big Ten East Division football predictions this past August. Not only did the Buckeyes pile drive the Wolverines again, they rolled to an undefeated season and a College Football Playoff berth I thought would disappear with a loss to Michigan.

    On the other hand, I was right on the money expecting Indiana to make a bowl game for the first time under coach Tom Allen and that a berth would not come down to the final game at Purdue.

    With help from an unexpectedly softer schedule than it appeared on paper five months ago, the Hoosiers also were the best of the East’s non-elite football schools with their fourth place finish behind OSU, Penn State and Michigan.

    Maryland (3-9, 1-8 Big Ten) and Rutgers (2-10, 0-9) performed exactly as I forecast. Michigan State had the season I predicted for IU, squeaking by with a 6-6 overall record and 4-5 league mark.

    In the West Division, I correctly predicted Wisconsin to once again win the title, right down to the 9-3 overall and 7-2 conference records before losing to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.

    I should have listened to my gut instinct about second-place Minnesota and that the Gophers deserved the hype being given to Nebraska. 
    Northwestern didn’t come close to my third-place forecast, sliding all the way to last place in the worst season under coach Pat Fitzgerald. A seemingly never-ending flood of injuries scuttled my Purdue fourth-place call.

    Iowa (third place) and Illinois (fourth) exceeded my expectations, but I’m sure I had plenty of company not expecting a .500 season from Lovie Smith’s Fighting Illini.

    Let’s try for some redemption with my Big Ten bowl predictions. Spoiler alert: It’s not going to be a postseason that outgoing commissioner Jim Delany will remember fondly.

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  • Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:21 PM

    LINDEN – An 11-0 Covington run in the fourth quarter, plus some tired legs, were too much for North Montgomery to overcome Saturday night in a 60-48 boys basketball loss.

    Covington stretched a five-point margin into double figures over the final three minutes thanks to 12 free throw attempts. The Trojans’ Daniel Keller made four free throws during an 11-point fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 21 points.

    The Trojans made their first six shots of the fourth quarter and were 3 of 3 at the free throw line to turn a 41-36 deficit into a 52-45 lead with 4:10 to go.
    In that same stretch, North Montgomery was 1 of 7 from the field and finished 2 of 11 for the quarter. 

    “We play hard and we did that Friday, then Saturday,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. “That’s probably why we missed a lot of shots.

    “That’s a great basketball team. They lost to McCutcheon by three and lost to West Lafayette by one. They’ve beat some really good teams. That team’s got a chance to win state and we took them down to the fourth quarter.”

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  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:27 PM

    At last, we’ve come to the moment when the top five players in Purdue football history are revealed. This series began as a celebration of college football’s 150th anniversary and is based on my 50 years of watching Purdue sports along with stories I was told from family, friends and fans.
    I’d love to hear from you if you agree or disagree.

    No. 5 
    Bob Griese

    The quarterback of Purdue’s All-Time Football Team selected in 1987, Griese will be forever remembered as the leader of the Boilermakers’ only Rose Bowl championship team.

    Griese almost never got the chance to quarterback the Boilermakers. His throwing motion was so off kilter that even Purdue quarterback guru Bob DeMoss couldn’t fix it. Luckily for Griese and Purdue, another Boilermaker passing legend – Cecil Isbell – spotted the flaw on film. The rest is College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame history.

    Among Griese’s many feats in gold and black were leading Purdue to three consecutive victories at Michigan from 1964-66. The Boilermakers didn’t win again at Michigan until 2009. Another memorable performance came in 1965 against top-ranked Notre Dame, when Griese completed 19 of 22 passes in a 25-21 victory.

    Griese was a two-time All-American and finished runner-up to Florida’s Steve Spurrier for the 1966 Heisman Trophy. He would quarterback the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles, including the only undefeated team in NFL history. 

    Griese was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

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  • Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:56 PM

    LINDEN – North Montgomery’s girls basketball team knew it would have its hands full with West Lafayette senior center Alaina Omonode on Tuesday night.

    The Chargers double-teamed, sometimes triple-teamed the 6-foot Omonode in hopes that they could force the Red Devils to shoot jump shots.

    Unfortunately, West Lafayette was 6 of 8 from 3-point range during a 60-percent shooting night that paved the way for a 69-48 victory.
    West Lafayette’s Kennedy Martin was 4 of 5 behind the 3-point line and 7 of 9 overall on her way to a game-high 21 points. Omonode did her usual damage inside, piling up 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

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  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:31 PM

    WEST LAFAYETTE – Ten and a half minutes of nearly perfect basketball by Harrison to start Saturday night’s boys game against visiting North Montgomery was enough to determine the outcome.

    The Raiders made their first nine shots from the field and 14 of 15 to build an insurmountable 27-point lead on their way to a 73-39 victory at May Gymnasium.

    “They were on fire,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. “But they ran their offense and we didn’t take them out of anything.

    “I felt like we were scared. I don’t know why. We’ve got a good team. We’ve got to be more prepared and that’s on me.”


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  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:33 PM

    To commemorate college football’s 150th anniversary, I decided to undertake the task of determining Purdue’s 150 greatest players.

    It didn’t take long to realize that this wasn’t going to be as easy as I first thought. Over the next few weeks, I’ll unveil my list from No. 150 to the greatest Boilermaker of all-time. But what separates No. 141 from No. 99?

    As it turns out, not much. A lot is subjective (first team All-Big Ten, career impact) and some were just picking the best players off the best Purdue teams of their times.

    I also discovered something I didn’t know, which leads us to player No. 150 on the list.

    150. Alpha Jamison

    Jamison was the star halfback/fullback of Purdue’s 1894 national championship team, an unknown honor to me, that was bestowed on the Boilermakers after a 9-1 season.

    In his 1962 obituary, Jamison was remembered for his teams going 30-10 in his playing days. He later coached the Boilermakers for three seasons before switching to basketball as the second head coach in school history. In 1901, he led Purdue to its first undefeated season (12-0). In 1915, Jamison was proclaimed Purdue’s all-time greatest athlete.

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