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Purdue's men's basketball team started Saturday's game by having seven different players make the team's first seven buckets. But when New Mexico clawed back to take the lead in the second half, it was the Boilers' two-headed monster at center who were the difference.

Isaac Haas took the punishment early and A.J. Hammons helped a couple of the Lobos' big men foul out with the game still close in the second half as Purdue prevailed 70-58.

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Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke insists it wasn’t pressure from boosters that caused the firing of the Purdue football team’s offensive and defensive coordinators following a season-ending loss to Indiana. However, he says he wants their replacements to be better able to explain their plans for the team.

Burke was unequivocal when asked how much the prospect of having to pay $6 million to buy out the remaining three years of Darrell Hazell’s contract led to the head coach being retained.

“Zero. Z-E-R-O,” Burke says.

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In a week where holiday tournaments are sure to play havoc with national rankings, Purdue's men's basketball team came into Saturday night's game knowing it needed just an average shooting night and a victory over winless Lehigh to improve its own standings in the polls.

However, with 11 teams in the Associated Press top 25 losing in the past week, including four ranked higher than Purdue (Indiana and Cal twice apiece and Arizona and Miami once each), the only accurate shooting the Boilers did in the first half was from the free throw line, where they were 10-of-12.

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The game mattered a lot more to IU, which needed one more victory to become bowl eligible, than to Purdue -- and it showed.

The Hoosiers chewed up 659 yards of total offense -- the second time this season the team has allowed a record-setting number of yards (after giving up 595 versus Illinois) -- and the visitors controlled the momentum time and again as the Boilers tried to rally in the second half, with quarterback Nate Sudfeld and backup running back Devine Redding finding answer after answer in a 54-36 IU victory.

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If you’ve watched any sports lately, or listened to any music online, you’ve likely heard ads for fantasy sports websites Draft Kings and Fan Duel.

There’s a debate raging over whether the sites, which allow wagering on each day’s games for several sports leagues, are legal.

The New York Attorney General’s offices has banned the companies from accepting bets in that state because he argues the activity constitutes illegal gambling.

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As the cliche goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Incarnate Word, in just its third year as a Division I program, didn't beat #21-ranked Purdue, but as the Cardinals lost 96-61, they tried early to take a page from this year's Boiler squad by staying in the game with outside shots. 

However, unlike a Purdue team which made 18 baskets from distance against Vermont on Sunday, the visitors from San Antonio couldn't keep it up and couldn't score consistently anywhere else on the floor. Just nine Cardinal baskets came from two-point range.

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There's a book store near the Purdue campus that, one day a week, gives 3-percent discounts for every three-pointer the men's basketball team makes. The store's owners are going to be thankful there's a cap on the discount following a 107-79 win over Vermont Sunday.

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Early last year, when Purdue opponents played hack-a-Hammons or hammer-a-Haas against Purdue centers A.J. and Isaac, the resulting free throws were sometimes an adventure.

This year's team has added another big man, highly-touted freshman Caleb Swanigan, but the free throws are now more often freebies for the Boilermakers than for their opponents.

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In his season-ending locker room speech to the Purdue football team last year at Bloomington's Memorial Stadium, athletic director Morgan Burke told the team's returning players 2014 would be the last time they wouldn't be playing in a bowl game.

That timetable will have to wait at least one more year.

Illinois ended the Boilermakers' bowl game hopes with a 48-14 victory Saturday, ensuring Purdue cannot get to the six wins necessary for postseason consideration, even if they win all their remaining games.

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On Halloween every year, people dressed in costume do things they don't ordinarily do. So perhaps it should have been expected that several dozen people dressed as Purdue Boilermakers would deliver the first home, Big Ten Conference win of the Darrell Hazell era on October 31.

Purdue came in with one of the worst rush defenses in the Big Ten and one of the worst rush offenses, and yet they both outgained rush-happy Nebraska on the ground and allowed fewer rushing yards than the Huskers en route to a 55-45 victory.

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