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Some Good Basketball Coming Up

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Some thoughts on the upcoming Crossroads Classic. Wonderful concept, just way too long in coming. I applaud the coaching staffs and administrations of the respective schools for seeing this to fruition. What's not to like about a basketball event in downtown Indianapolis around the holiday season the ensures great play, energetic fans and national television coverage? Just makes perfect sense to me.

Time To Have A Short Memory

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As anyone can imagine, it was a long bus ride home from Cincinnati on Saturday night. What almost turned out to be a spectacular week for the Purdue men's basketball team ended with a thud in the 66-63 loss at 11th-ranked Xavier.

Challenge(s) Lie Ahead

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Looking at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, we could end up with a tie for the first time with Nebraska's entry into the Big Ten.

Boilers Get To Work In San Juan

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After a long travel day on Tuesday, the Purdue men's basketball team got back on the court on Wednesday in San Juan.

The Boilermakers had a one-hour shootaround at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico before heading over to a local school for the remainder of practice. Purdue meets Iona on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET in first-round action at the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Photos from Wednesday's are after the jump.

Pre-Puerto Rico

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It was a great weekend for Purdue athletics, but the men's basketball team flirted with disaster on Monday and managed to survive. As I often say, the beauty of competition lies in the unknown.

Exhibition Wrap-Up

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I'm not a huge fan of exhibition games, but they do serve a purpose to the staff and the players prefer them over practices. For the fans, exhibition games provide a chance to see some players you may rarely see during the season. But those games are behind us, and so let's pass along some observations as we count down to the start of the regular season.

Smith Lauded As One Of Country's Top Shooters

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Senior guard Ryne Smith earned some national acclaim on Saturday when Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com placed him 17th on his list of the top 50 shooters in the country.

Barlow Tabbed One Of Nation's Top Breakout Players

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Junior guard Kelsey Barlow earned high praise from CBSSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman on Friday, as the writer isted Barlow as his No. 5 breakout player for the 2011-12 season.

Boilers Meet With Media Prior To Exhibition Finale

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Seniors Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith, junior D.J. Byrd and freshman Donnie Hale were among the Purdue players to meet with the media on Friday as the Boilermakers prepare to face Southern Indiana in their exhibition finale.

Looking Backward And Forward

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It's time to dust off the keyboard and start pecking about the 2011-12 Purdue basketball season. Welcome to the Cliz Blog for another year. I'll pass along my thoughts on a weekly basis through March.