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Putting Together the Opening Act

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While the Boilermakers made strides in the rebounding department in a literal sense in 2012-13, the 2013-14 season will be about figuratively rebounding from a sub-.500 campaign that left a bad taste in the mouths of players and staff alike.

Better Off

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There seems to be some debate about Purdue's choice to continue playing basketball after finishing the season 15-17. I guess my position is fairly simple: if the administration backs the action and the coaches and players want to play, why not? The thought that the program would be better off by not playing just isn't logical.

The Template

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"You have to play with energy and purpose every time out to compete against Big Ten competition."

That's a quote from an article written by Wisconsin State Journal writer Tom Oates describing why Wisconsin fell to Purdue on Sunday. He wrote about how Purdue won the 50-50 balls and how it was much more physical and aggressive. Sound familar?

Matt Painter has been preaching that sermon every day for months, and the members of his congregation finally heard his words and responded with a resounding, "Halleleujah!"

Belief System

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Purdue and Indiana have played 198 times in the rivalry.  I've been fortunate to have been part of 70 of those games and Indiana holds the advantage with 37 wins over that period dating back to the 1978 season.

Continue to Improve

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Here we are in early January, and the Boilermakers are one game under .500 on the season. It will be a fight to finish above that mark this year, to be honest. There's no doubt in my mind that this team has improved. It's just too bad it wasn't able to win some of those close non-conference games, as those losses may negate a postseason opportunity.

Keys to a Successful Conference Ride

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The Big Ten begins tonight for the Boilermakers, and the first three games should be telling. Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State are a combined 34-6. The Illini come to Mackey Arena tonight as a 13-1 team, with its only loss coming to a ranked Missouri team.

Plenty of Hope

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I'm not real sure what the exact significance of the Notre Dame game is, but it appears to be important for a number of reasons. The two schools haven't met in a regular-season game in nearly 50 years, so that alone makes it historic in my viewpoint. The reasons the two programs haven't played each other have been discussed over the years, and none of them make much sense. If the two schools can meet every year in football or other sports, why not basketball?

Perfect Storm

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It is very rare to witness what happened in Clemson, S.C., on Wednesday night.  Competitive teams rarely trail by 20 points at half on their home floors. To be honest, it was probably a perfect storm. The Boilermakers were focused, Clemson not so much. Still, in my career, I haven't seen that happen more than a handful of times.

It Will Take Patience

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I have to admit, I didn't expect this type of start to the season. On the other hand, I don't know what I expected. It's just so rare to lose three of four at the beginning of the year, including a loss at home.

For Entertainment Only

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What kind of season will Purdue have this year? I already put myself on the line with a statement last week that I thought this would be an NCAA Tournament team, and not one on the bubble.

Not Buying It

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On the eve of another basketball season, it's hard not to think about all those people affected by the weather that has hit so much of the east coast and elsewhere. It's pretty hard not to be awed by the power of such a weather system. It's sometimes hard to talk about sports when such things are happening.

Orlando Summer League Recap

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Three former Boilermakers - JaJuan Johnson, Chris Kramer and E'Twaun Moore - represented the program at the Orlando Summer League this week.

BTN 'NBA Draft Preview Special' Airs Friday

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(Courtesy of BTN)

The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET on Friday. The special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten's top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process.

The Big Ten led the nation in men's basketball attendance for the 36th-consecutive season in 2011-12, according to figures recently released by the NCAA. The Big Ten led all conference with an average attendance of 12,868, which is more than 1,300 higher than the next-closest conference.

Boilers In The NBA

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A quick look at how the five former Boilermakers currently playing in the NBA have fared this season.

Time To Wrap It Up

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It's time to wrap up the season with some final thoughts on the recently-concluded college basketball year.

Boilers In The NBA

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A quick look at how the five former Boilermakers currently playing in the NBA have fared this season.

One More In Omaha

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I'm not really a big fan of late night games in the NCAA Tournament, but I am a huge fan of playing in them if you catch my drift.

Welcome To Omaha

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Welcome to Omaha, Neb., and second-round play in the NCAA Tournament. Okay, I don't like that description of "second round," but it is what it is. Purdue will play its first game against St. Mary's tonight at 7:27 ET.

Tournament Time

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It's tournament time, the part of the season that invigorates fans and has them dreaming of the loftiest of goals.

Building Confidence

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In my humble opinion, the most not-talked about sports achivement from all of last year was Connecticut's run to the national title. We heard a lot about the Uconn women's team's winning streak, about the unlikely appearance of VCU and Butler in the Final Four and how the Cardinals won the World Series.

Rollercoaster Ride

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Unlike in the pros, there's no way Matt Painter and his staff can browse the waiver wire and add someone to this year's team. We'll finish with who we have.

Comes In Waves

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One of my great interests in life is the study of human behavior. I regret my lack of expertise about the subject, but I still pursue it superficially.

A Ton Of Memories

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I've been part of so many incredible Purdue-Indiana games, it's very hard to pick favorites. I'll attempt to do so, though.

Boilers In The NBA

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A quick look at how the five former Boilermakers currently playing in the NBA have fared this season:

Work To Do

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Please accept my apologies for being dormant for a couple of weeks. With a recent move, I had some computer issues. Good timing, yes?

Boilers In The NBA

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A quick look at how the five former Boilermakers currently playing in the NBA have fared this season:

What The Heck Is Going On?

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Ok, let's see if we can figure some things out. Purdue loses by 20 to Penn State, wins by 13 at Minnesota and follows that up with a home loss to Wisconsin, a team that won at Mackey Arena for just the second time in nearly 40 years.

Anatomy Of An Upset

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Winning any game in the Big Ten is difficult, but Purdue was expected to beat Penn State on Thursday night. The Boilermakers entered the game a solid seven-point road favorite and with only three losses on the season, all close games.

Important Week

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First off, good luck to the football team in Detroit. Due to my semi-retirement, I do miss covering the football side of things, but I still root hard and will do so on Tuesday.

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.

Catching Up With Robbie Hummel

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As mentioned in the podcast embedded in our previous post, CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman did a short video with Purdue senior Robbie Hummel on Wednesday night. Here's the final product:

Purdue On CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast

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Feel free to listen to the entire CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast, or skip to the 21:40 mark to hear senior writer Jeff Goodman talk about his visit to West Lafayette on Wednesday night.

Hummel Earns More Praise From CBSSports.com

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Purdue senior forward Robbie Hummel once again earned praise from the writers of CBSSports.com on Thursday when senior blogger Matt Norlander labeled him the No. 12 wing player in the nation.

Hummel Counted Among Nation's Top Players

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A lot has changed since Purdue senior forward Robbie Hummel went down with a knee injury in February 2010, but one thing that hasn't is the respect that Hummel has earned with his game.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Travel Packages Still Available

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Travel options are available for a limited time to support Purdue as it participates in the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, P.R., from Nov. 17-20.

Painter To Appear On Katz Corner

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ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz recently sat down with 31 NCAA head basketball coaches at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando to discuss the biggest topics in the game today.

Painter-Led WUG Team Holds Scrimmage On Thursday

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Purdue head coach Matt Painter led the United States' World University Games team into its first game action on Thursday night, as Team USA scrimmaged players from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Painter In Elite Company As WUG Head Coach

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As he prepares to leave for China with some of college basketball's top players and coaches, Purdue head coach Matt Painter does so as a member of a select fraternity of coaches who have led the United States in World University Games competition.

Painter Headed To Colorado Springs For WUG Trials

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Purdue and United States head coach Matt Painter, his staff and 21 of the nation's top college players are set to arrive in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday for the start of the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team training camp.

Newest Celtics Officially Introduced

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Former Purdue stars and newly-minted Boston Celtics JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore were officially introduced on Monday at an event for the team's Shamrock Foundation.

New Celtic Duo Garnering Praise

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For the 13th time in program history, Purdue had two players taken in the same NBA Draft in 2011.

However, for the first time since 1952, a Boilermaker pair was taken by the same team, as JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will both head to Boston as the newest members of the Celtics.

Johnson was drafted 27th overall by New Jersey and immediately shipped to Boston, while Moore was selected by the Celtics at No. 55 overall.

Johnson's Long Road To NBA Draft

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Thursday night will be one of the biggest in JaJuan Johnson's life, as he expects to hear his name called in the NBA Draft.

Kramer To Join Guaynabo Mets

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Former Purdue star Chris Kramer is heading to Puerto Rico to join the Guaynabo Mets for the stretch run of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional league.
CBS Sports has agreed to a multi-year agreement with the Big Ten Conference, extending its broadcast rights to the conference's basketball games through the 2016-17 season. The announcement was made Thursday by Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, at CBS Sports and James E. Delaney, Big Ten Commissioner.

'Young Pup' Painter Recognized Among Coaching's Elite

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Purdue head coach Matt Painter was heralded as one of the nation's top coaches aged 40 years or younger on Wednesday in this column by CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman.

Cardinal Wins NBA Championship

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Former Purdue star Brian Cardinal earned his first NBA Championship ring on Sunday when the Dallas Mavericks closed out the Miami Heat, 4-2, to win their first-ever world title.
On Wednesday, USA Basketball announced the list of players whom Purdue head coach Matt Painter will have to choose from for the World University Games team that he will lead to Shenzen, China, in August.

E'Twaun Moore Video From Pacers Workout

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Former Purdue standout E'Twaun Moore was one of six players who worked out for the Indianapolis Pacers on Tuesday, alongside Klay Thompson (Washington State), Marshon Brooks (Providence), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), Matt Howard (Butler) and Andrew Warren (Bradley).

Click here for a video interview with Moore following his workout.

Hummel Progressing In Knee Rehab

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Senior forward Robbie Hummel, in the midst of rehabbing a torn ACL suffered in October, recently caught up with CBSSports.com writer Jeff Goodman to discuss his rehab and the Boilermakers' prospects for the 2011-12 season, among other topics.

Click here to read Goodman's blog entry.

Moore Works Out In Milwaukee On Saturday

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Former Purdue star E'Twaun Moore was one of six players to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Johnson Featured On Pacers Crate

Following his Monday-afternoon workout with the Indiana Pacers, former Purdue star JaJuan Johnson sat down with Pacers.com.

Johnson To Highlight Pacers Workout

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JaJuan Johnson is slated to work out for the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, and Conrad Brunner of Pacers.com writes that the former Boilermaker will headline the session

Moore Featured In Timberwolves' Draft Coverage

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Following Monday's workout for the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis, former Purdue star E'Twaun Moore was featured as part of the team's pre-draft coverage.

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