The Hoosiers are now (6-1) against top 5 ranked teams at Assembly Hall since 2011.
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Hoosiers take down #4 Iowa

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor  BLOOMINGTON — In Big Ten Conference play, every game is its own animal.  One game often has no bearing on the next. Just five days ago, the Indiana Hoosiers lost to Penn State on the road.  That spelled major trouble for their next game against #4 ranked Iowa, right?  Wrong.  […]

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Rapheal Davis, Purdue finally get Michigan State

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ It wasn’t easy — it couldn’t be easy. But Rapheal Davis’ free throw late in overtime allowed Purdue to squeak out an 82-81 victory over No. 8 Michigan State Tuesday at Mackey Arena. Now, some perspective on why the win was such a big deal: Spartans leader […]

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Calinger: Panthers remind him of old-school Huskers

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent I suppose that in many ways, Husker football always will be at the root of the way I watch the game. I’m a Steelers fan partially because so many relatives of mine live around Pittsburgh, but also because in the mid-90s, they had the same power-running game and light but […]

Paul George scored 21 points in the win over the Lakers on Monday night.
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Hibbert sits, Kobe explodes, Pacers win

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS –  Outside of the Golden State Warriors coming to Indianapolis, Monday night’s game against the Lakers had the most anticipation of the season.  Longtime former Pacer Roy Hibbert was set to make his return, and Kobe Bryant was making the final appearance of his career to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  […]

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Rapheal Davis, Purdue finally get Michigan State

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ It wasn’t easy — it couldn’t be easy. But Rapheal Davis’ free throw late in overtime allowed Purdue to squeak out an 82-81 victory over No. 8 Michigan State Tuesday at Mackey Arena. Now, some perspective on why the win was such a big deal: Spartans leader […]

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Hammons scores 32 as Purdue dominates Nebraska

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ A.J. Hammons. That’s really all that needs to be said about this game, as Hammons had a career-high 32 points in leading Purdue over Nebraska 89-74 on Saturday. In fairness to the rest of the Boilermakers, he certainly didn’t do it alone, but … A.J. Hammons. […]

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Carrell: Purdue surges past Ohio State

By KEITH CARRELL ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue used a late surge to overtake Ohio State 75-64 late Thursday night. Purdue bucked the norm in the Matt Painter-Thad Matta saga by closing out a close, back-and-forth, game against Ohio State to come away with the victory. It certainly wasn’t an easy win and Ohio State couldn’t […]

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Pacers/NBA

Paul George scored 21 points in the win over the Lakers on Monday night.
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Hibbert sits, Kobe explodes, Pacers win

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS –  Outside of the Golden State Warriors coming to Indianapolis, Monday night’s game against the Lakers had the most anticipation of the season.  Longtime former Pacer Roy Hibbert was set to make his return, and Kobe Bryant was making the final appearance of his career to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  […]

Myles Turner is looking like a future star in the NBA.
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Smith: Myles Turner looks like a star in the making

BY TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Right before this year’s NBA Draft, Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard talked about the importance of getting the right player: “You try to get the best player you can because in a small market, it’s your only chance to get special.”  It might be early in his career, […]

Paul George scored 31 points in the Pacers loss to the Clippers.
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Pacers skid continues with another close loss

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS — After a long stretch of road games, the Pacers were hoping to use some home-cooking to get back on the right track. The Los Angeles Clippers had other plans, as they handed the Pacers yet another close and frustrating loss, 91-89 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It was the […]

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Indiana

The Hoosiers are now (6-1) against top 5 ranked teams at Assembly Hall since 2011.
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Hoosiers take down #4 Iowa

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor  BLOOMINGTON — In Big Ten Conference play, every game is its own animal.  One game often has no bearing on the next. Just five days ago, the Indiana Hoosiers lost to Penn State on the road.  That spelled major trouble for their next game against #4 ranked Iowa, right?  Wrong.  […]

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Hoosiers survive, improve to 8-1 in conference play

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON — After suffering their first loss of conference play earlier this week, the Hoosiers returned home to play Minnesota on Saturday. Whether they were looking past this game or not, the Golden Gophers gave Indiana all they could handle in a game that went down to the wire. In […]

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Hoosiers dominate Northwestern, improve to 7-0 in conference play

By TYLER SMITH ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON — For the first time since 1993, the Indiana Hoosiers have started conference play with seven straight victories. They blasted Northwestern on Saturday by a final score of 89-57 in front of a sell-out crowd at Assembly Hall. Lop-sided victories at home have become the norm for this Indiana […]

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ISL Classics

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Robbie Hummel shoots free throws alone after the High Point game in November 2011. By Cliff Brunt.

The Robbie Hummel Twitpic that got 10,000 views

  By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Editor Robbie Hummel’s legacy could be wrapped up in the overwhelming response to a simple Twitpic taken with a Blackberry on a random November night. Hummel missed two free throws late on Nov. 14, 2011 against High Point, and Purdue needed to hold off a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to win. That didn’t sit […]

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Countdowns

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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