Carrell: Purdue beats up on Michigan State

Keith Carrell

By KEITH CARRELL @BoilerColts ISL Purdue Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Blood, sweat, and tears combine for the quintessential makeup of basketball in Indiana at any level. Michigan State Spartans, the traditional Big Ten powerhouse under Tom Izzo, plays with Indiana values. The matchups between the two almost always end up evolving into a clash of […]

Pacers limp into All-Star Break, Trading Deadline looms

Nate McMillan watches as his team drops a sixth straight game.
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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 […]

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

Keith Carrell

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 […]

Hoosiers searching for leadership after another home loss

Tom Crean saw his team lose their fourth home game of the season on Sunday.
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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 […]

Purdue beats Indiana in Bloomington

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

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 […]

Cavs snap Pacers win streak

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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, […]

Pacers beat Thunder for seventh straight win

Paul George scored 21 points in the Pacers win over the Thunder.
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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 […]

Calinger: Falcons should have used some old-school power football vs. Patriots

J.W. Calinger

By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Maybe it’s because I spent so much of the 90s watching Pittsburgh Steelers and Nebraska Cornhuskers power backs, but I think that even in this day and age, there’s something special about the power-running game. I understand finesse is in, and I understand how the rules favor passing. I even […]

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 […]

Swanigan sets record as Purdue rolls Northwestern 80-59

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

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 […]