Butler upends Purdue to ruin Boilermakers’ perfect start

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By ANDY PROFFET ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue fell short in its bid for its first 12-0 start since 2009-10 and first win ever in the five-year-old Crossroads Classic on Saturday. The No. 9 Boilermakers were ranked higher but it was the 17th-ranked Butler Bulldogs who showed they’re arguably the best college basketball team in Indiana […]

Butler gives interim hoops coach Chris Holtmann full-time gig

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From Butler Athletics: INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Butler University athletic director Barry Collier announced Friday that Chris Holtmann has been named the school’s 23rd men’s basketball head coach. Holtmann had been serving as interim head coach since October, when former coach Brandon Miller requested and was granted a medical leave of absence. Miller, who served for […]

Atlantis brings a ranking for Butler

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By CHRIS DAVIS ISL Correspondent After two big wins in the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Butler Bulldogs are currently the Number 23 ranked team in this week’s AP Top 25.  They defeated #5 ranked North Caroline and fellow Big East member Georgetown, and currently sit at 6-1 on the season.  Could the Bulldogs be creeping […]

An early look at the Butler Bulldogs

Kellen Dunham scored 26 points against Chattanooga. Pictured here from a game last season.

By CHRIS DAVIS ISL Correspondent  When you are a member of the Big East, early-season games against teams like Chattanooga become more about how your team plays than the actual result. Getting a live look at Butler’s second contest of the season left me with a feeling I could best describe as optimistic realism. There […]

Davis: A current look at former Bulldogs

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By CHRIS DAVIS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up in Indiana, it’s hard to not be a basketball fan.  The unmistakable voice that is Bobby “Slick” Leonard and his famous “Boom Baby” call, the smell of popcorn and the squeak of sneakers in a gym in a cornfield in Delaware County, the scowl of Bobby […]

Butler season preview

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By CHRISTOPHER DAVIS ISL Correspondent We have all been here. We have a great girl, but we leave her for greener pastures, longer legs and fuller lips if you will. Then, a few weeks into the new relationship, we start to realize that we’re now spending more money on nights out, we are the ones […]

Calinger: Unions, pay for college athletes in major sports good idea

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By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Most of the negative opinions I’ve heard, regarding the recent ruling giving Northwestern football players the lawful right to form a union, are based on envy, and I can understand why. With all the publicity and social status college football players have, and with all the scandals involving players who […]

Sanders: Purdue worse off than Butler in transfer carousel

Purdue point guard Ronnie Johnson, shown last season against Notre Dame, has left the program.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana schools have been hit hard by transfers recently. I already wrote about Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell leaving IU, but it was also announced that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson would transfer from Purdue and freshman center Nolan Berry would leave Butler. I am a little nervous for […]

Brad Stevens’ homecoming a night of highs and lows

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By COLLIN O’CONNOR ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — It wasn’t a great game or performance from his new team on this night, but former Butler coach Brad Stevens’ highly anticipated homecoming was still something worth seeing here Sunday. As Stevens was first shown on the new, state-of-the-art video board that Bankers Life Fieldhouse recently installed, a […]

Kellen Dunham learning lessons of a bona-fide star

Kellen Dunham recognizes what comes with his role. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS – “To be a great shooter, you have to have a short memory.” That’s a popular refrain you’ll hear from long-range gunners. If you aren’t knocking down jumpers, you can’t stop firing, because if the other team doesn’t respect your threat to space the floor, it’s a lot […]