Ross Bolin

Purdue Basketball Breaks Out Against Hofstra

November 11th, 2012 at 8:03 pm by under Sports 18

After a lackluster performance down the stretch against a good Bucknell team, the Purdue basketball team showed what they are capable of on Sunday afternoon against a short handed Hofstra team.

Three Hofstra transfers Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (Connecticut), Taran Buie (Penn State) and DaQuan Brown (Fresno State) did not play. Coombs-McDaniel and Buie were suspended for violating team rules and Brown isn’t eligible because of transfer rules.

Matt Painter began the day with a shake up of the starting lineup by inserting Dru Anthrop, Donnie Hale and Rapheal Davis. I think the Boilermakers responded the way their coach hoped they would with nice performances from Anthony Johnson, A.J. Hammons, Rapheal Davis, and most importantly Jacob Lawson.

Lawson was a flat out stud and was the spark off the bench the Boilermakers needed. In 15 minutes of action Lawson accounted for 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 AWESOME block. This is the type of performance Purdue fans hope that they can expect in the future from the super athletic big man.

The 2K challange gets much tougher now as the Boilermaker will leave the friendly confines of Mackey Arena and learn how to play on the road. I am intrigued to see how the Boilermakers play on Thursday against Villanova. It’s safe to there are several question marks left with this young team.

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It’s Boiling Over & It Doesnt Look Good

October 28th, 2012 at 12:19 am by under Sports 18

For the third consecutive game the Purdue football team got off to a great start. And as quickly as they scored, their lead was gone…And I mean GONE. Purdue scored on just 5 plays to take a 7-0 lead but the Golden Gophers responded in a big way.

He might be a freshman but he played like a senior today for Minnesota. After leading the Golden Gophers on a 10 play drive to tie the game at 7-7, Philip Nelson led Minnesota to touchdowns on FOUR straight drives while the Gophers averaged almost 10 yards per play…. Nelson completed 12 straight passes in one stretch and had all 246 of his passing yards in the first half as they lead 34-7. The game was OVER at halftime.

Purdue head football coach Danny Hope said after the game that he was disappointed…I received about 10 phone calls from Purdue faithful who are just as disappointed in Danny Hope and the Purdue administration. I don’t know what changes need to be made but Purdue must rock the boat and get this program headed back in the right direction. After 10 great seasons in a 12 year span under Joe Tiller this program is slipping back into it’s PRE-Tiller days…That’s not good.

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Boilermakers let one slip away in Columbus

October 21st, 2012 at 12:23 am by under Sports 18

For 59 minutes the Purdue football team had Ohio State’s back against the wall and it looked like the Boilermakers were going to sneak out of Columbus, OH with a victory. And then…The Buckeyes woke up and marched down the field for a touchdown and a game tying two-point conversion.

After getting beaten badly the last two weeks by a combined score of 82-27, the Boilermakers showed what most Purdue fans expected on the road in an environment they hadn’t won in since 1988.

The question now is…Where does this team go from here??? It would be easy for this team to fold down the stretch and play uninspired football and tank for the final 5 weeks of the season.

Danny Hope has other plans, “Our football team is a long ways away from giving up. We are going to have a great season and a great team when it is all said and done. We are going to be very proud of ourselves.”

After a brutal start to conference play the schedule gets much easier for Purdue if they play the rest of the season like they did on Saturday.

My expectations have Purdue finishing the regular season 4-1. That would leave the Boilermakers with a 7-5 record. Only time will tell if a 7-5 season with the, “Best team I’ve had at Purdue” will save Coach Hope’s job.

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Purdue Volleyball continues Big Ten Free Fall

October 17th, 2012 at 3:54 pm by under Sports 18

For the first time this season the Indiana volleyball team has a Big Ten win…Thanks in large part to a lack luster performance by the Purdue Boilermakers.

The most embarrassing part about losing to a pathetic Indiana team is that the match didn’t even go five games. The Hoosiers won the match 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21 in four.

This loss comes after Purdue was swept by Iowa, an Iowa team that earned it’s first Big Ten win against the Hoosiers. These are two bad losses that aren’t acceptable at Purdue. This is a Boilermaker team that came into this season as a Top 10 team, now most would say Purdue is overrated.

The good news for the old gold and black is they have plenty of time to turn this season around and take advantage of their ability to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 17 Boilermakers (14-6, 5-4 Big Ten) return to action at 8 p.m. ET Saturday when they take on the No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers in Minneapolis. The match will take place in a venue that has not been kind to the Boilermakers over the years. I think Saturday is a MUST win for Purdue if they have hopes of turning this season around and making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Amanda Neill making the most of her opportunity

October 4th, 2012 at 9:07 pm by under Sports 18

Former McCutcheon Maverick Amanda Neill saw her first action for Purdue this past weekend, as she earned playing time in the Boilermaker rotation in wins over Northwestern and Illinois.

After not traveling with the Boilermakers earlier this year, Neill made sure Coach Shondell’s decision to give his freshman a chance would pay off. Neill came up big with 29 digs to help the Boilermakers improve to 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1990.

“My mom and dad were able to come to Friday night’s game and on Saturday night, I had planned to have 15 of my family members to come even if I wasn’t starting. So, when they showed up, it was a great surprise for them,” said Amanda Neill.

Neill’s 18 digs versus Northwestern were a team high. She served an ace in each of her first two career matches and also collected her first career kills against Northwestern.

There will undoubtedly be ups and downs for #7 as she works through her freshman year of college but she has already proven that she belongs on the court for the old gold and black.

Big Ten play begins for Boilermakers

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm by under Sports 18

Through 4 weeks of the college football season the Purdue Boilermakers have shown they are an improving team that has what it takes to win every game they play the rest of the way. Senior DT Kawann Short and his teammates understand what is at stake on Saturday if they have hopes of finishing the year in Indianapolis.

“We know what we’re capable of,” defensive tackle Kawann Short said. “This year, we felt like we were a big strong team and we were going to compete regardless of what people think. We feel with the guys we have on the team, we’re capable of going to the championship and competing in our division.”

The schedule to start conference play gives Purdue every ounce of motivation needed to take care of business with Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State due up first. This team and the gold and black faithful will know where they stand in the very near future. Winning 2 out of the next 3 is crucial if Purdue wants to punch their ticket to the Big Ten championship game.

Winning now will make the back half of the schedule that much easier, considering four out of the Boilermakers last six games are away from the friendly confines of Ross-Ade Stadium.

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Another Notre Dame win = Purdue is For Real

September 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 am by under Sports 18

After watching Notre Dame dismantle Michigan State and Michigan in back to back games which followed a last second win against Purdue…The more excited I get about the Boilermakers.

I anticipate seeing a recharged group next week against Marshall and for the Boilermakers sake I hope they get off to a good start against the Thundering Herd.

Marshall and Rice put up some serious points on Saturday in a thrilling 54-51 Marshall OT win. WOW…I’m not comparing Purdue to Rice even though the Owls beat the Boilermakers last year in Houston but still…

The good news for the gold and black is that most of The Herds success came on the ground. Kevin Grooms had 103 yards rushing on 12 carries, Steward Butler added 166 yards and a TD on 18 carries, and Marshall finished with 334 yards on the ground.

While I don’t envision anything resembling those numbers next weekend because of Purdue’s ability to own the trenches, I do think this game could go down to the wire if Purdue starts slow after a weekend off.

All this college football talk has me ready for next Saturday’s game. Is it Saturday yet?

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Boilers Heat Up and NEVER Look Back

September 15th, 2012 at 8:45 pm by under Sports 18

After a slow start that included 6 straight pass plays to start the game against one of the worst run defenses the Boilermakers will face all season long, Purdue got hot and marched over Eastern Michigan all afternoon long.

Akeem Hunt ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on just four attempts and scored a 50-yard touchdown on his only catch. Brandon Cottom ran for 95 yards on two carries and had the fourth longest run in program history.

With the Boilermakers running wild, Caleb TerBush was able to settle down and find his groove. TerBush finished the game 16/24 for 158 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception.

Purdue’s defense showed that it should be a strength all season long as the Boilermakers held the Eagles to 313 total yards. Eastern Michigan’s only touchdown before the fourth quarter came on a 28-yard interception return by Pudge Cotton in the second quarter.

In all…I give the Boilermakers a solid B for today’s game. I wasn’t a fan of not establishing the run early which forced two consecutive punts to start the game.

Let’s hope Purdue can take advantage of their bye week and get healthy while gearing up for 3 straight home games. If Purdue can find a way to win 2 out of their next 3 or better yet all 3 games and head to Ohio State 5-1 or 4-2 I will be happy.

I just hope this team doesn’t as Mike Cleff says, “out think the room.” The gold and black need to stick with their bread and butter which is a solid defense and a good running game.

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Boilermakers ROUT Eastern Kentucky

September 1st, 2012 at 10:53 pm by under Sports 18

What we learned about our Boilermakers today against Eastern Kentucky?

I think we learned that as long as the Boilermakers clean up the turnovers and special teams…this team has a chance to win every weekend this season.

With Caleb TerBush missing the game do to violation of team rules, the spotlight was on Robert Marve and for the most part I thought he did a good job. I think this team can be explosive on the edge with Bush, Ross, Holmes, and Eddison. In the backfield, Purdue faithful have nothing to worry about thanks to the 1-2 attack from the Akeem Machine.

The defense was consistent from start to finish and made the plays they should have made against an opponent like EKU. I was excited to see the defense find the end zone and I think for this team to have a great year those types of plays will be necessary.

While Eastern Kentucky is a good week 1 opponent…We will find out exactly the type of team we have next Saturday when the Boilers head to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish.

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Boilermakers Schedule released

August 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm by under Sports 18

For the first time since the 2008-2009 season the Boilermakers will begin their conference schedule in the friendly confines of Mackey Arena.

Experience will be lacking in the early going and the Boilers MUST take advantage of playing 3 of their first 4 at Mackey if they have any thoughts of playing deep into March.

Towards the middle portion of their schedule the Boilermakers will get their first crack at rival Indiana in West Lafayette on Jan. 30th, and will venture to Bloomington on Feb. 16th. Purdue will get its final two Big Ten games at home, playing Michigan and Minnesota on March 6th and 9th.

The end of their schedule may be just as important as the beginning. If the Boilermakers can with 3 of 4 at the beginning and at the end of the season then they will be in good shape for yet another NCAA appearance.

Purdue fans will have a wild ride this winter as we all adjust to life without Robbie Hummel and Lewis Jackson. Only time will tell which newcomers will step up and carry the load on offense and defense.

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