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Following a late night trip home after watching the Purdue women’s basketball team defeat Minnesota in overtime Thursday, Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke joins us for our bi-weekly conversation to talk about autonomy in Div. I athletics.

In light of the NCAA’s meeting, what might the new abilities of schools in the so-called “Power 5” conferences mean for Purdue? And what effect might it have on the bottom line?

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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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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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It's common when assessing a basketball player that coaches or scouts will care more about the person's wingspan than their height.

Though they also held a height advantage at every position against UC-Irvine, it was the long arms of the Purdue women's team that led them to a 69-44 victory. 

The Anteaters started a pair of guards who stand 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-4, respectively -- well shorter than Purdue's outside defenders. Consequently, the harassing style of Purdue's sideline trap made passing difficult for UCI -- but not impossible.

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Numbers released recently show Purdue’s football attendance dropped more than any other large-conference school this year.

It’s a worrisome statistic as the athletics department prepares to ask for tens of millions of dollars to refurbish Ross-Ade Stadium.

But it’s just one money-related topics on athletics director Morgan Burke’s mind as he prepares for 2015.

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 Most basketball teams carry at least 12 players on their roster. And many play at least 8-9 per game, hoping to get points from as many contributors as possible. Though Purdue played nine of its dozen players Thursday night, it didn't get a single point from its bench.

And it didn't matter.

Coach Sharon Versyp's team rebounded against Kansas to snap a three-game losing streak, winning 61-48 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers gained 21 points on free throws alone and scored 24 points off of 23 Jayhawk turnovers.

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Following a big victory Wednesday over Arkansas State, the buzz phrase for the Purdue men's basketball team was "team ball."

The Boilermakers dished out 21 assists and held the Red Wolves to 30-percent shooting from the field.

Purdue is one of seven teams in the nation to hold at least three opponents to 43 points or fewer. The team also handled the ball better than in a loss to North Florida, committing just ten turnovers for the game.

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After a disappointing 73-70 loss to North Florida Saturday, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter switched things up from the start tonight against IPFW. Painter gave freshmen PJ Thompson and Isaac Haas their first career starts for Purdue, in favor of sophomore Kendall Stephens and junior AJ Hammons.

Painter says the freshmen deserved the starts based on their play.

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There's an old notion in close games that the team with the last shot can win. For most of Saturday's game, the outcome seemed likely to be determined by which team had a cold streak last.

So when North Florida made seven of its last nine shots and Purdue missed eight consecutive attempts in the last three minutes, the Ospreys walked away with a 73-70 victory.

"Everything that could go wrong for us in the last two minutes did," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said after the game.

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Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke took something of an unusual step this week, calling members of the press together to address the school’s football team.

As it turned out, it was a first step in a new program of advocacy the AD is planning – all leading up, possibly, to a push to spend tens of millions of dollars renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

On this week's Off The Field, we’ll ask about...well...the field. You might be surprised just how much a new scoreboard can cost.

Purdue Comes Up Short, Loses To FSU In OT

Dec 3, 2014
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Florida State head coach Sue Semrau called it “a tale of two halves.”

The Seminoles outlasted Purdue 67-64 tonight in overtime at Mackey Arena.

The Boilers got out to a slow start offensively in the first half, shooting just 29-percent from the floor. They also gave up 11 second-chance points and got none themselves.

Purdue trailed by as much as 13 points early in the second half, but tightened up the defense, forcing Florida State turnovers and then scoring in transition.

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When Purdue starts Big Ten Conference play at the end of this month, there are going to be a lot more games like this.

A physical contest that got chippy in the second half went to the Boilermakers Tuesday as they held off North Carolina State in the West Lafayette matchup of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

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Despite another disappointing season for the Purdue football team, athletic department officials say they’ll look to engage more fans by renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

But the money may be hard to come by. Sagging attendance meant the football team brought in three million fewer dollars than expected this year. Athletics Director Morgan Burke says that makes funding projects more difficult for a self-supporting department.

Defense Helps Purdue Bounce Back From 2OT Loss

Nov 23, 2014
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The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back from a double overtime loss to Green Bay on Wednesday with a convincing 66-48 win over Toledo today at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked Boilermakers opened up a 14-point lead in the first half, thanks largely to 10 points from junior guard Hayden Hamby.

Head coach Sharon Versyp says the Boilers’ defense set the tone in the first half.

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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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