Myles Turner scored 24 points against Detroit on Friday night.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers comeback attempt falls short this time

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS —  Exactly four weeks ago, the Pacers put together a huge comeback win over the Detroit Pistons at home.  On Friday night, they almost did it again.  Almost. This time, the hole they dug themselves was a little too much to overcome.  After cutting a 16-point deficit to […]

Victor Oladipo and Paul George do battle in George's return to Indianapolis. 
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Paul George struggles in return, but Thunder win

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The story everyone wanted was Paul George vs. Victor Oladipo. The story they got was Steven Adams. Adams had a monster night with 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Thunder to a 100-95 win over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. As expected, Paul George was […]

The Pacers future is bright with Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Smith: Things couldn’t have turned out any better for the Pacers

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor Victor Oladipo is tired of the Paul George comparisons. Many fans are tired of the Paul George talk themselves. But with PG’s highly anticipated return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, the talk will be louder than ever.  Maybe we can turn the page come Thursday.  Until then, […]

Isaac Haas posts up before kicking the ball to Carsen Edwards for a three. Edwards missed the attempt. -photo by Keith Carrell

Matt Painter Gets 300th Win in Victory Over IUPUI

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Mr. 300. A term generally reserved for baseball has meaning with, Purdue Head Coach, Matt Painter after Sunday night. The 86-61 victory over the visiting IUPUI Jaguars was Painter’s 300th as a head coach in the NCAA, including 25 at SIU-E. The win was […]

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Isaac Haas posts up before kicking the ball to Carsen Edwards for a three. Edwards missed the attempt. -photo by Keith Carrell

Matt Painter Gets 300th Win in Victory Over IUPUI

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Mr. 300. A term generally reserved for baseball has meaning with, Purdue Head Coach, Matt Painter after Sunday night. The 86-61 victory over the visiting IUPUI Jaguars was Painter’s 300th as a head coach in the NCAA, including 25 at SIU-E. The win was […]

Olympic Gold Medalist diver, David Boudia walking on the court after being introduced at halftime. Prior to the game, fans were given Boudia bobbleheads in honor of the diver. -photo by Keith Carrell

Purdue routs undefeated Valpo

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Quite a few rumblings could be heard warning of a potential trap game with an undefeated Valparaiso (8-0) visiting West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers Thursday night. Who can blame fans for approaching the game with caution after some of the upsets we’ve […]

P.J. Thompson is announced during team introductions. Purdue debuted on-court projections prior to and during introductions in celebration of the 50th season of basketball in Mackey Arena. -photo by Keith Carrell

Purdue Survives Northwestern, Advances to 2-0 in B1G

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Offense for Defense, Haas for Haarms; the oft-used strategy by Purdue head coach Matt Painter this season was once again triumphant against a physical Northwestern squad. The duo led the Boilers to a 74-69 victory over the Wildcats Sunday afternoon. This is beautiful. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#BoilerUp […]

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Myles Turner scored 24 points against Detroit on Friday night.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Pacers comeback attempt falls short this time

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor INDIANAPOLIS —  Exactly four weeks ago, the Pacers put together a huge comeback win over the Detroit Pistons at home.  On Friday night, they almost did it again.  Almost. This time, the hole they dug themselves was a little too much to overcome.  After cutting a 16-point deficit to […]

Victor Oladipo and Paul George do battle in George's return to Indianapolis. 
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Paul George struggles in return, but Thunder win

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor  INDIANAPOLIS —  The story everyone wanted was Paul George vs. Victor Oladipo. The story they got was Steven Adams. Adams had a monster night with 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Thunder to a 100-95 win over the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. As expected, Paul George was […]

The Pacers future is bright with Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner.
(Photo by Pacers Sports and Entertainment)

Smith: Things couldn’t have turned out any better for the Pacers

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor Victor Oladipo is tired of the Paul George comparisons. Many fans are tired of the Paul George talk themselves. But with PG’s highly anticipated return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, the talk will be louder than ever.  Maybe we can turn the page come Thursday.  Until then, […]

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Indiana

Juwan Morgan had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Iowa.
(Photo by DraftExpress.)

Balanced attack leads Hoosiers over Iowa

By CALEB LYNN (@Cjlynn016) ISL Contributor  BLOOMINGTON —  In their Big Ten home opener, the Indiana Hoosiers (5-4, 1-1) were able to grind out a solid win against Iowa with a final score of 77-64. After a strong first half, it was a game of big runs in the second.  Indiana withstood an early 16-2 […]

Robert Johnson scored 17 points against Duke on Wednesday night.
(Photo by Bobby Goddin, Indiana Daily Student)

Hoosiers lose to Duke, but progress is evident

By TYLER SMITH (@TylerSmith_ISL) ISL Editor BLOOMINGTON —  The Indiana Hoosiers have come a long way in just a few short weeks.  Just 20 days ago, the Hoosiers lost to Indiana State by 21 points to open the season.  On Wednesday night, they gave #1 ranked Duke all they could handle.  It wasn’t enough for […]

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 […]

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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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