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Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis was in tears when he left the court with 16 minutes left to play in his team's opening-round game with Purdue Thursday night.

The Bearcats star center had just been assessed a flagrant-2 foul and been ejected for throwing an elbow to the jaw of Purdue center A.J. Hammons. He clearly thought he might have cost his team a chance to win.

But though Ellis had injured his team's odds, it was a Purdue team that struggled all year to finish games that couldn't deliver a knockout punch.

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University of Cincinnati players say they hope to speed up the tempo of Thursday’s NCAA tournament game with Purdue when the Bearcats are on offense and slow it down when Purdue has the ball.

Cincinnati allows an average of just 55 points per game this season, good for sixth-best in Division I. Senior forward Jermaine Sanders says he thinks if his team can run, they have the edge.

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After learning they’d received a number nine seed in the NCAA basketball tournament, members of the Purdue men’s basketball team were variously relieved and concerned about their past struggles.

Forward Rapheal Davis said he was looking forward to watching film of the Boilermakers' opening round opponent, Cincinnati, but noted that most every pundit had written the team off in the preseason and as recently as a couple months ago.

Purdue Men Begin NCAA Tournament Play Thursday

Mar 15, 2015
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For the first time since 2012, the Purdue men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

The Boilermakers are the #9 seed in the Midwest Region. They will play #8 Cincinnati Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky.

The winner will likely face the University of Kentucky Saturday. The #1 seed, undefeated Wildcats will take on the winner of a play-in game between Manhattan and Hampton Thursday.

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Knowing the importance of winning its final regular season game against Illinois Sunday, Purdue's men's basketball team played perhaps its worst opening 15 minutes of any game this year.

With the Illini's best player, Rayvonte Rice, scoring seemingly at will against the man-to-man defense played by Dakota Mathias, the visitors built a 13-point lead and held the Boilermakers to just ten points through the first 15 minutes.

But changes made in the last five minutes of the half turned the game around.

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Little seemed to worry Purdue coach Matt Painter Thursday.

He didn't look bothered that starting forward Vince Edwards was on the bench in street clothes nursing concussion-like symptoms.

Nor did he appear to fret when, just six minutes into the foul-fest that was Thursday's game, starting center A.J. Hammons picked up his second personal and headed back to the bench.

And, as it turned out, Painter had little to fret over in a 92-85 win against the Big Ten Conference's worst team -- except perhaps those fouls and the sloppiness they wrought.

Boilers Unable To Capitalize On Runs, Lose Fourth Straight

Feb 8, 2015
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The Purdue Women’s basketball team jumped out to a seven-point lead twice today against Penn State at Mackey Arena.

But continued struggles with free throws and layups let the Lady Lions back into the game both times, with Penn State eventually winning 54-50.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Boilermakers and the first road win of the season for Penn State.

Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp says she liked her team’s defensive effort today, but says the offensive effort was lacking.

Purdue Athletics

We know about college athletes because of their performance in the athletic arena. But what’s the life of a Division I athlete like when they’re not in competition?

This week on WBAA’s Off The Field With Morgan Burke, we ask what sorts of accommodations are made for athletes – both in their classes and with their coaches. Can athletes participate in the college experience as fully as most students?

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A six-game losing streak to Ohio State came to an end last night for the Purdue men’s basketball team.

The Boilermakers beat the 20th-ranked Buckeyes 60-58 at Mackey Arena to extend their winning streak to four games, including three against Top 25 teams.

Purdue led by nine with 2:16 to play, but allowed one last Ohio State rally.

A three-point basket by Buckeye leading scorer D'Angelo Russell with 31.2 seconds left cut Purdue’s lead to 58-56.

Bill Would Require Concussion Training For Most Coaches

Jan 29, 2015
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High schools in Indiana are required to educate their coaches, student athletes, and parents about concussions and head injuries, and follow specific rules after a head injury occurs.

A new law would apply those same rules to grades 5-8.

Senate Bill 403 would require all coaches and assistant coaches to complete some safety education courses, if their athletes are less than 20 years old.

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