Feb. 14, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joe Barry Carroll will be honored at halftime of the Purdue-Indiana men's basketball game Saturday.
Carroll is the Boilermakers' career leader with 1,148 rebounds (second-most in Big Ten history) and 349 blocked shots (fourth-most in conference annals) and ranks second with 2,175 points and 55 double-doubles. He averaged 22.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks as a senior en route to being named a consensus first team All-American. Carroll registered the only triple-double in Purdue history with 16 points, 16 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocks at Arizona on Dec. 10, 1977.
The Denver native was selected with the first overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He spent eight seasons with the Warriors and subsequently played for the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns, as well as in Italy. Carroll was selected to the 1987 NBA All-Star Game.
Upon retiring from the NBA in 1991, Carroll relocated to Atlanta, where in 1993 he founded The Carroll Group, a wealth advisory company serving high-net-worth families. Recently, he published "Growing Up ... In Words and Images," a memoir featuring his original paintings paired with narratives. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Georgia Innocence Project, Purdue Black Cultural Center and John Purdue Club.
Tipoff between the Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7 Big Ten) and the Hoosiers (14-10, 4-7) is 4 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN. A point will be on the line in the Governor's Cup, which Indiana currently leads 6-5.
The first 2,000 fans will receive a Joe Barry Carroll bobblehead. Carroll will conduct a postgame book signing in the Mackey Arena West Club.
Moses Named to Good Works Team
Women's basketball senior Courtney Moses has earned a spot on the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Team. It marks the second straight year a Boilermaker has earned a spot on the national team which recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others. Drey Mingo was so honored in 2013.
Moses and the nine other members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four in Nashville, and also will participate in a local community service project benefitting the city.
Moses' good works include co-founding a pair of student organizations, missionary trips around the world and a strong influence in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The No. 23 Boilermakers (17-7, 7-5 Big Ten), who have won back-to-back games since losing senior guard KK Houser for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, play host to Iowa (20-6, 8-4) in a key conference matchup at 2 p.m. Sunday. It is the program's annual "Pink Zone" game. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive pink Purdue T-shirts, and the Boilermakers' special-edition jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Community Cancer Network. Click here for the current Big Ten standings.
Track and Field Tidbits and Factoids
Track and field host the Fred Wilt Invitational beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Lambert Fieldhouse. The women's team is ranked No. 15, while the men are No. 31.
Sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and senior Dani Bunch own the No. 1 and No. 2 weight throw performances nationally for their gender. Moreover, Enekwechi's mark of 23.62 meters (77-6) ranks second in the world. Bunch's top throw is 22.35 meters (73-4), and she also holds the third-best shot put effort at 17.19 meters (56-4.75).
Junior Raheem Mostert has the third-fastest 200-meter dash time nationally among those athletes who play football (21.27) and the fifth-best 60-meter dash time (6.73). Both marks rank fourth in school history.
Softball Earns First Win Under Schuette
Softball earned its first win under new head coach Kim Schuette with a 5-4 verdict over No. 10 Texas on Sunday and then played No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette to a 7-7 tie in eight innings. The Boilermakers (1-2-1) travel to the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C., this weekend, with five games scheduled today through Sunday.
Men's Tennis Home, Women on the Road
No. 75 men's tennis (2-1), coming off a convincing 6-1 upset of No. 64 Arkansas on Sunday, has a home doubleheader tomorrow against intrastate rivals IUPUI at noon and Valparaiso at 2 p.m. No. 30 women's tennis (3-2) travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on No. 24 Oklahoma tomorrow and No. 44 Arkansas on Sunday.
Baseball opens the 2014 season at the Tennessee 3-Team Tournament in Knoxville. However, one of the teams, Nebraska-Omaha, withdrew Thursday due to the weather, so the Boilermakers will face only the host Volunteers in a three-game series with one game tomorrow and a double-header Sunday ... Men's golf participates in the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla., today and tomorrow ... Women's golf has its first competition of the new year, hosting the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R., from Sunday to Tuesday ... No. 24 wrestling wraps up the regular season at No. 5 Northern Iowa on Sunday ... The Big Ten has announced that the men's basketball game at Iowa will be Saturday, March 1, at 8:15 p.m. ET and the home contest against Northwestern will be Sunday, March 9, at noon ET. Both games will be televised by the BTN ... Former football players Royce Adams (Cleveland Browns) and Kory Sheets (Oakland Raiders) have signed with NFL teams this offseason ... Purdue football home attendance increased an average of 5,365 from 2012 to 2013, the 14th-largest increase in the country ... A reminder that on Monday, Feb. 17, the women's basketball team will partner with Buffalo Wild Wings at 360 Brown Street in Lafayette to raise money for the Smith Family Break Thru Fund to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease. All day, 15 percent of all pre-taxed food sales will be donated by showing a specially designed coupon. The women's basketball team will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Sharon Versyp Radio Show at 7:10 p.m. ... Happy Valentine's Day and President's Day.