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The Purdue volleyball team plays its final home match of the season tomorrow night at 7 against Rutgers.

The Boilermakers are ranked 16th in the nation with a record of 21-7.

Hundreds of students show up to every home match.

Known as the Block Party, many consider the enthusiastic student section to be the Boilermakers' secret weapon.

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The first five minutes of Sunday's 77-57 win over IUPUI gave every indication both the game plan and the result would be the same for Purdue as it was Friday versus Samford.

But though the final score looks lopsided, the majority of the game saw leads no larger than ten points for the home team.

IUPUI center Josh James picked up his second foul and headed to the bench with 15:40 to go in the first half, leaving Purdue's two seven-foot centers with at least a four-inch height advantage on anyone who tried to guard them.

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Though it didn't make a habit of using its two seven-footers together Friday, the inescapable message in an 80-40 Purdue win over Samford Friday night was: size matters.

Samford's only interior presence, 6'10" center Michael Bradley, was tagged two fouls early in the first half and played just seven of the first 20 minutes. The one-dimensional Bulldog offense that followed all but doomed the visitors.

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With three Boilermaker wide receivers injured, Purdue had to rely on its running backs Saturday – but not on the ground.

Raheem Mostert handled the ball on four of the first five plays of the game, but the biggest play of the game was a 79-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to Akeem Hunt. The play was the longest of Hunt’s career.

Although impressive, it was not enough to stop the Wisconsin Badgers, who marched to a 34-16 victory over the Boilermakers.

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There are many approaches to recruiting athletes to play Division I sports, but Purdue unwittingly tried a new one recently – send an athlete nothing at all.

On this edition of Off The Field with Morgan Burke, we’ll ask about that humorous instance of “minimalist recruitment,” but also some more serious questions about how colleges select their student-athletes. And that’s really the operative term – STUDENT-athletes.

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It may not be a cliche to say Purdue's football team has often resembled a broken record this season. In fact, they've often been exactly like a vinyl album that's been snapped in two: they play well initially, but come up silent after half a go-round.

But remember what happens if the turntable keeps moving: eventually the record makes noise again.

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Not all scholarships are created equal. That’s one of the lessons on this week’s Off The Field With Morgan Burke.

We spend some time talking about how Purdue’s athletics department is charged for its athletes, including whether, as the student body becomes more international, there are increasing costs for recruiting students from out-of-state and overseas.

And can the electronic media explosion of the last 15 years help defray some of the costs of recruiting the best athletes from outside Indiana?

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Purdue’s offense struggled from the start against Iowa. The Boilermakers pulled out to a 10-0 lead in the first half. But just three of those points came from the offense. The other 7 were the result of an interception in the first quarter by defensive back Frankie Williams, who ran the ball back 39 yards for a touchdown. Paul Griggs missed a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, but made a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Purdue a 10-0 lead with 11:48 to go in the half.

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On this week's program:

A follow-up on using Big Ten Network money on new facilities. What does Purdue still need?

Can that money be parlayed into having more varsity sports?

Discussion of how schools make arrangements to play one another in football and basketball and the implications of the money involved in (or surrounding) those deals (like the Purdue-Notre Dame football deal which will see the teams play one another less often).

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As she was being honored by the Indianapolis-Marion County Council Monday evening for a history of coaching and success leading the WNBA's Fever, former  Purdue women’s basketball head coach Lin Dunn couldn't help but mention the makeup of the body honoring her.

"I love seeing all these women in leadership roles," Dun said. "Keep it up. Next time I come back, I want it to be 50/50."