Nate McMillan watches as his team drops a sixth straight game.
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Pacers limp into All-Star Break, Trading Deadline looms

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — The All-Star break has arrived, and there might not be a single team that needs it more than the Indiana Pacers. After improving to 29-22 with a seven-game winning streak earlier this month, the Pacers head into the break with six straight losses. They were forced to […]

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Carrell: Purdue center Haas’ play a thing of beauty in win over Rutgers

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Purdue Writer @BoilerColts WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Ten days ago, Maryland’s student section chanted ‘You are Ugly’ to Isaac Haas throughout a Purdue victory. But it wasn’t until the Rutgers game Tuesday night, on Valentine’s Day no less, that the Maryland chant really had any meaning. And it wasn’t Haas that […]

Tom Crean saw his team lose their fourth home game of the season on Sunday.
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Hoosiers searching for leadership after another home loss

By CALEB LYNN ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON — The Hoosiers desperately needed a win at home over Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t play like it. Michigan came into Assembly Hall and defeated Indiana 75-63. It was their first true road win of the entire season, while the Hoosiers downward spiral continued. Indiana […]

Vince Edwards scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Indiana.
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Purdue beats Indiana in Bloomington

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  BLOOMINGTON —  Whenever the Hoosiers and Boilers get together, you never know what you’re going to see. Thomas Bryant and Caleb Swanigan both fouling out on the same play in the final minute?  Just what we all expected, right? In a tightly contested game throughout, it was Purdue that […]

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Carrell: Purdue center Haas’ play a thing of beauty in win over Rutgers

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Purdue Writer @BoilerColts WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Ten days ago, Maryland’s student section chanted ‘You are Ugly’ to Isaac Haas throughout a Purdue victory. But it wasn’t until the Rutgers game Tuesday night, on Valentine’s Day no less, that the Maryland chant really had any meaning. And it wasn’t Haas that […]

Vince Edwards scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Indiana.
(Photo by Darron Cummings)

Purdue beats Indiana in Bloomington

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  BLOOMINGTON —  Whenever the Hoosiers and Boilers get together, you never know what you’re going to see. Thomas Bryant and Caleb Swanigan both fouling out on the same play in the final minute?  Just what we all expected, right? In a tightly contested game throughout, it was Purdue that […]

The crowd at Purdue's Recruiting Roundup. Photo by Keith Carrell.

Swanigan sets record as Purdue rolls Northwestern 80-59

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Caleb Swanigan set a school record, Vincent Edwards set a personal best, and Purdue overcame early game jitters to beat Northwestern, 80-59 on Wednesday night and secure a Top 25 win. Swanigan scored 24 points and snared 16 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season, the most […]

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Nate McMillan watches as his team drops a sixth straight game.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers limp into All-Star Break, Trading Deadline looms

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — The All-Star break has arrived, and there might not be a single team that needs it more than the Indiana Pacers. After improving to 29-22 with a seven-game winning streak earlier this month, the Pacers head into the break with six straight losses. They were forced to […]

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Cavs snap Pacers win streak

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  “The champions are here, and we’ve got to be at our best.” Those were Nate McMillan’s words before the Pacers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. For most of the first half, the Pacers were indeed at their best. They led 36-25 after the first quarter, […]

Paul George scored 21 points in the Pacers win over the Thunder.
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Pacers beat Thunder for seventh straight win

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers entered a critical stretch of their schedule on Monday night, and they passed their first test. After trailing by double-digits in the first half, the Pacers came from behind to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 for their seventh straight win. On a night when […]

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Tom Crean saw his team lose their fourth home game of the season on Sunday.
(Photo by insidethehall.com)

Hoosiers searching for leadership after another home loss

By CALEB LYNN ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON — The Hoosiers desperately needed a win at home over Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t play like it. Michigan came into Assembly Hall and defeated Indiana 75-63. It was their first true road win of the entire season, while the Hoosiers downward spiral continued. Indiana […]

Vince Edwards scored a career-high 26 points in the win over Indiana.
(Photo by Darron Cummings)

Purdue beats Indiana in Bloomington

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  BLOOMINGTON —  Whenever the Hoosiers and Boilers get together, you never know what you’re going to see. Thomas Bryant and Caleb Swanigan both fouling out on the same play in the final minute?  Just what we all expected, right? In a tightly contested game throughout, it was Purdue that […]

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Indiana’s win over Penn State more important than it appears

By TIM MEYER ISL Correspondent BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — If Indiana finds itself in the NCAA tournament next month, Thursday’s triple-overtime win will be a big reason why. Not that a home win against Penn State (12-11, 4-6) is a resume builder, but a home loss to the Nittany Lions would have been devastating to their […]

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ISL Classics

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Brunt: Why Arsenal Tech’s fight hits home for this inner-city product

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor I remember being part of an inner-city football team with something to prove. The 1990 and 1991 Omaha North Vikings went out with a collective chip on our shoulders. We worked hard, won games and did it the right way. Many of us were black kids from middle-to-low-income households near […]

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Brunt: West Virginia’s Huggins rips team after loss to Purdue

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bob Huggins had me annoyed on Saturday. I was covering the Purdue-West Virginia game as a freelancer for The Associated Press and my deadline was approaching. West Virginia’s legendary coach was nowhere to be found after his team’s brutal 79-52 loss to the Boilermakers. (Here’s the […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Indianapolis, prepare for a Nebraska invasion

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Note: The writer is an Omaha native and former Omaha World-Herald reporter who now lives in Indianapolis and will cover the Big Ten title game for Indy Sports Legends and the Sports XChange/Reuters. INDIANAPOLIS — People of our fair city, brace yourselves. The impending invasion from the Red Army of the Plains is […]

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Is Michigan’s Denard Robinson the best running QB in college history?

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Watching Denard Robinson run is a thing of beauty. The Michigan quarterback set the NCAA record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a single season in 2010, and he’s nearing former West Virginia quarterback Pat White’s record for career yards rushing by a quarterback. But how great is he? A strong […]

Danny Hope calls a timeout against Marshall.

Cliff Brunt: Purdue football coach Danny Hope must win now

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Hope probably could make as much money selling cars as he does coaching football. The fiery leader can find something positive in the most dismal performance. He’s had to be that way: Purdue has struggled on the field during his three-year tenure, and the injury bug has been awfully busy […]

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Christina with the kids.

40 reasons Christina’s 40th should be celebrated

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder I am sorry this is so long, but when you figure out what I’m doing, you will understand. For Christina’s 40th birthday (June 26), I’ve highlighted 40 instances in the 23-plus years I’ve known her where she sacrificed, made someone happy, helped someone or motivated someone else to serve or […]

Mike Alstott. From Purdue Athletics.

ISL ranks the top 10 Purdue running backs ever

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Over the years, running backs often have been overlooked at Purdue, barely visible beneath the gigantic shadows of the school’s big-name passers. Not on this page. With input from our staff and outside experts, Indy Sports Legends offers a countdown of the top 10 Boilermaker ballcarriers ever. It is a […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

Brunt: What I’ve learned since my Associated Press job was eliminated

Founder’s note: After being laid off in 2012, I was re-hired by The Associated Press in Jan. 2014 as a sports writer in Oklahoma City. As a result, I’ll add an 11th thing to this list: Never burn bridges. I faithfully worked as a freelancer for The AP during the layoff and kept in touch […]

Tim Stratton won the Mackey Award in 2000 as the nation's best tight end. Photo from Purdue Athletics Communications.

ISL countdown: Top 10 all-time Purdue receivers

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor For years, Purdue has been known as the Cradle of Quarterbacks. It’s perhaps the title Purdue football fans are most proud of, along with 1967 Rose Bowl champions and 2000 Big Ten champions. But for every Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Mike Phipps, Bob Griese, Gary Danielson, Bob DeMoss, Curtis Painter, […]

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