Lance Stephenson rises for a shot.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers are bringing it on the road, unlike last season

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  “Even if they lose a lot of games, they’re going to give max effort every night and be fun to watch.” This was a common statement among Pacers fans coming into the season.  After last year’s underachieving team, fans were ready to get behind a team that played hard […]

Ryan Cline misses a three against Fairfield on November 18th, 2017.

Boilers set record with win against Fairfield

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue hosted Fairfield Saturday night for their final tune-up before heading to the Bahamas to participate in the Battle4Atlantis. Earlier in the day outside of Mackey, the rain came down hard and fast which caused some area flooding and the rain must have poked […]

Lance Stephenson sparked the Pacers to a comeback win over Detroit. 
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Lance makes the Pacers dance in comeback fashion

By DEREK KRAMER (@iPacersblog) ISL Contributor  INDIANAPOLIS — After being down by 22 points with less than six minutes left in the third quarter, the Indiana Pacers outscored the Detroit Pistons 51-22 the remainder of the game to win in impressive fashion by a final of 107-100 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers were kick-started […]

Freshmen Justin Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Howard.
(Photo by Evan Destefano, Indiana Daily Student).

Hoosiers bounce back with win over Howard

By CALEB LYNN (@CjLynn016) ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON — Two days after getting blasted by Indiana State in the opener, the Hoosiers responded with a bounce-back win over Howard University, by a final score of 86-77. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it was a step in the right direction as Head Coach Archie Miller got […]

Purdue

Ryan Cline misses a three against Fairfield on November 18th, 2017.

Boilers set record with win against Fairfield

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue hosted Fairfield Saturday night for their final tune-up before heading to the Bahamas to participate in the Battle4Atlantis. Earlier in the day outside of Mackey, the rain came down hard and fast which caused some area flooding and the rain must have poked […]

P.J. Thompson gives Purdue an 83-31 lead over Chicago State in the second half. Photo by Keith Carrell.

Purdue Steamrolls Chicago State

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Coming off a poor rebounding performance versus Southern Illinois, Purdue was an all-out aggressor in a 111-42 win over Chicago State Sunday afternoon. The Boilers outrebounded the Cougars 55-26 and shot lights out to go up early before whole-heartedly slamming their collective foot on […]

Isaac Haas gets fouled by SIUE in season opener on November 10th, 2017.

Purdue wins season opener over Southern Illinois

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue opened the regular season by breaking the century mark over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday night, winning 105-74. The Boilermakers overcame a shaky start and leaned on the veterans for scoring (the starters contributed 70 points while none played more than 26 minutes), […]

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Pacers/NBA

Lance Stephenson rises for a shot.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers are bringing it on the road, unlike last season

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  “Even if they lose a lot of games, they’re going to give max effort every night and be fun to watch.” This was a common statement among Pacers fans coming into the season.  After last year’s underachieving team, fans were ready to get behind a team that played hard […]

Lance Stephenson sparked the Pacers to a comeback win over Detroit. 
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Lance makes the Pacers dance in comeback fashion

By DEREK KRAMER (@iPacersblog) ISL Contributor  INDIANAPOLIS — After being down by 22 points with less than six minutes left in the third quarter, the Indiana Pacers outscored the Detroit Pistons 51-22 the remainder of the game to win in impressive fashion by a final of 107-100 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers were kick-started […]

Domantas Sabonis is off to a great start in his Pacers career.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Domantas Sabonis appears to be the real deal

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS —  Domantas Sabonis was often referred to as the “throw-in” from this summer’s trade involving Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  After just seven games of the season, he doesn’t look like a throw-in.  He looks like the real deal. After putting up 22 points and 12 […]

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Indiana

Freshmen Justin Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Howard.
(Photo by Evan Destefano, Indiana Daily Student).

Hoosiers bounce back with win over Howard

By CALEB LYNN (@CjLynn016) ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON — Two days after getting blasted by Indiana State in the opener, the Hoosiers responded with a bounce-back win over Howard University, by a final score of 86-77. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it was a step in the right direction as Head Coach Archie Miller got […]

Tom Crean.
(Courtesy of IU Athletics/Mike Dickbernd)

Smith: Even this Crean supporter believes it’s time for change

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  Now that the Hoosiers are officially out of the NCAA tournament conversation, all eyes have shifted towards Athletic Director Fred Glass.  The question on everybody’s mind: Will Tom Crean stay, or will he go? For what it’s worth, Glass gave Crean a “vote of confidence” in March of 2015.  […]

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Carrell: Purdue beats Indiana to claim share of Big Ten title

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The only thing better than winning a conference championship is beating your biggest rival to clinch it. Purdue defeated in-state rival Indiana 86-75 on Tuesday night to clinch a share of the Big Ten title. Purdue entered the contest owning a one game lead […]

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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 […]

Cliff Brunt, ISL Founder

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 […]

Former Purdue coach Joe Tiller. From Purdue Athetics Communications.

ISL’s Q and A: Former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Indy Sports Legends editor Cliff Brunt interviewed former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller by telephone this past Thursday while Tiller was home in Wyoming. Tiller, 69, is the winningest coach in Purdue history and led the Boilermakers to the Rose Bowl after the 2000 season. Here are the best comments from the 35-minute conversation. Q: What […]

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 […]

Former Purdue coach Joe Tiller. From Purdue Athetics Communications.

Retired ex-Purdue football coach Tiller still thinks about comeback

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Every once in a while, retired ex-Purdue football coach Joe Tiller still gets the itch to return to the sidelines. Then, he thinks about Sunday through Friday. “There were times this year when I thought about tossing my name in the hat, but it’s an all-encompassing job,” the 69-year-old Tiller […]

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Countdowns

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 site. 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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