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11:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Basil And The Boilers Smother Indiana 83-67

Sophomore guard Basil Smotherman's energy helped fuel the Boilermakers.
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It's hard to tell much from watching warm-ups. Shots are taken, passes made, slam dunks attempted. But those slams told the tale Wednesday for Purdue's Basil Smotherman, whose energy fueled his team whenever the sellout crowd's adrenaline began to wane.

Though Rafael Davis led the Boilers with 19 points, it was Smotherman's end line-to-end line pushes that defined Purdue in a 83-67 win over a top-20 Indiana team.

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10:22 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wisconsin Outruns Purdue Women In 65-56 Win

Whitney Bays led the Boilermakers with 18 points scored.
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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

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Sports
12:30 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: January 9

It's not often you'll hear "Go Buckeyes" on the Purdue campus, but this weekend will be one such time.
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It’s a new year and we’re turning over a new leaf on WBAA’s Off The Field with Morgan Burke. Sure, there’ll be the same question-and-answer format, but on this first show of 2015, we give Purdue’s athletics director a chance to take a crack or two at us in the media. What do we get wrong, screw up and step in?

On this week’s show, we also dig a little into why the Big Ten’s revenue sharing agreement means Morgan Burke is rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes to beat Oregon in Monday’s football national championship game.

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3:43 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Northwestern Edges Closer To Bowl Game With Victory Over Purdue

Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell intercepts an Austin Appleby pass in the fourth quarter Saturday.
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Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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9:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Purdue Men Go To 3-0, But Tougher Schedule Awaits In Maui

A team scoring effort led the Boilermakers to their third straight win Thursday.
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A major factor in several losses for Purdue's football team this year has been the team's deficits -- not on the scoreboard, but in personnel. A Boilermaker math major might make an equation out of it: fewer athletes means fewer wins.

Men's basketball coach Matt Painter has had many more years to find Big Ten-caliber athletes than has Darrell Hazell, and it's beginning to turn those deficits into dividends.

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