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 […]

Sanders: Looking back at a rough year for Indiana college hoops

Purdue center A.J. Hammons dunks. The Boilermakers, like many of the state's teams, disappointed this season. Photo by Cory Seward.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – “In 49 states it’s just basketball, but this is Indiana.” Unfortunately, this college basketball season, that wasn’t a good thing. There are ten Division I basketball teams in the state. This will be the first year that not one of them makes the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Before […]

ISL founder Cliff Brunt reflects on 8 1/2 years of Purdue coverage

Cliff Brunt, ISL Editor

By CLIFF BRUNT ISL Founder When I came to Indiana in May 2005 to write for The Associated Press, my excitement was almost entirely focused on covering the Indiana Pacers. And why wouldn’t it be? The Pacers were coming off the brawl season, but everybody was back, and they were expected to make numerous title […]

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 […]

First Thoughts: Butler 76, Purdue 70

Crossroads Classic

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor INDIANAPOLIS — Let’s take a quick look at how the Butler Bulldogs held on to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 76-70 on Saturday in the nightcap of the Crossroads Classic. WHY IT HAPPENED: Kellen Dunham tormented Purdue for 25 points while partner-in-crime Khyle Marshall finished with 18 points and nine […]

Purdue’s Brees, Webster, Allen, Henry honored by Big Ten

Ricardo Allen, right, eyes a pass by Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.

From Purdue Athletics WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ray Guy Award finalist Cody Webster has been named the Big Ten’s Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. He was also named first team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches and media. Cornerback Ricardo Allen was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference’s media and honorable mention by […]

Purdue loses Bucket but looks ahead

Indiana players celebrate Saturday with the Old Oaken Bucket trophy. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue coach Darrell Hazell didn’t know where to start. Maybe the most points ever allowed by Purdue against Indiana. Maybe the Boilermakers’ worst loss since 1988 in a heated in-state rivalry. Maybe a defense shredded for an unthinkable 56 points, 42 first downs, 401 yards rushing, […]

Freshman Etling has career day in finale

Purdue freshman Danny Etling drops back to pass.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Purdue quarterback Danny Etling’s whirlwind first season may have begun as a backup behind senior Rob Henry, but it ended on Saturday here in Bloomington with 485 yards and four touchdowns. The 19-year-old freshman has bounced back and forth between success and frustration this season, starting […]

First Thoughts: Indiana 56, Purdue 36

Tre Roberson (5), shown warming up before the game, started over Nate Sudfeld (7) and threw 5 TDs. (Photo by Chris Goff.)

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Quick thoughts on the Hoosiers’ 56-36 win over Purdue at Memorial Stadium: What we learned: Indiana’s offense scored its most points ever against archrival Purdue and the Hoosiers ended a two-game losing streak in the Old Oaken Bucket game. Tre Roberson tied a school record with six touchdown […]

Third-quarter Thoughts: Indiana 49, Purdue 16

Purdue fans have plenty to be excited about after the leap forward the program took in the Notre Dame game.

By CHRIS GOFF ISL Assistant Editor BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At the end of the third quarter, the Hoosiers lead Purdue 49  to 16 . Let’s touch on a few observations from the period. 1. The Hoosiers are still in control. The defense has dug in and the offense, unstoppable on third down, is moving the ball […]