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Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.

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It’s the middle of the workday, and Chumley’s bar in downtown Lafayette is packed with people watching the NCAA tourney. They’re wearing work clothes—not jerseys.

Checkered sportscoat-clad lawyer (and Cincinnati fan) Jim Olds ducked out of the office to check in on the Butler-Texas Tech game.

“We’re sneaking away on the lunch hour to watch some games,” he says of himself and his lunch companion. “We won’t have any public displays in the office, but I have a feeling there will be a number of people probably watching on their computers.”

Pacers Buy Fort Wayne Mad Ants Basketball Team

Sep 10, 2015
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Fort Wayne Mad Ants

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday the franchise has bought Fort Wayne’s basketball team.

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will now function as a development team for the Pacers.

The Pacers had assigned players to the Mad Ants before the purchase. But now Pacers’ President Larry Bird says the deal will give the Indianapolis team more of an opportunity to develop young talent.

Xavier tops Purdue 63-57

Dec 1, 2012

Purdue went six minutes in the second half against Xavier without scoring a point. That stretch allowed the Musketeers to turn a two point deficit into a six point lead and they were able to hold on for a 63-57 win in Mackey Arena.

"I think we had consistency as far as playing hard, in the first half.  We out rebounded them and things like that.  The ball just wasn't going in. It just came down to taking bad shots at bad times and that gave them points," said Terone Johnson.  "Not being disciplined is why we lost today."

Purdue ends slide; tops UNCW 66-40

Nov 22, 2012

Purdue needed a Terone Johnson buzzer beating three pointer to take a slim one point lead over UNC Wilmington heading into halftime.  During the final 20 minutes, the Boilermakers dominated and cruised to a 66-40 win.

“We kind of talked about, early on, just doing what we were supposed to do and I don’t think we came out and actually did that,” said Johnson.

“In the second half we came out and got some defensive stops and got good post defense inside and also the guards played good defense. So, that led to points on offense.”

Purdue falls to OSU, drops to 1-3

Nov 16, 2012

The Purdue men’s basketball team is off to its worst start since the 2004-2005 season.

The Boilers dropped to one-and-three after losing to Oregon State 66-58 in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic in New York City.

Freshman A.J Hammons scored a career best 20-points and grabbed eight rebounds.

D.J Byrd added 11 points and Anthony Johnson scored ten.

Purdue hosts North Carolina Wilmington, Wednesday, at Mackey Arena.

Purdue basketball begins play in Italy

Aug 9, 2012

Rome is the first stop on the Purdue men’s basketball team’s tour of Italy.

The Boilermakers are taking on an All-Star team from Italy, Thursday, in the first of four games scheduled as part of the ten-day trip.

Senior D.J Byrd says the biggest challenge is going to be overcoming fatigue.

Purdue Sports Podcast

Feb 27, 2012

WBAA's Sam Klemet speaks with Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal & Courier about the Purdue men's basketball season and previews the upcoming Big Ten and NCAA tournament.   The Indiana Basketball Hall-of-Fame inductee also talks about his 40-year career from covering Matt Painter's decision to return to Purdue and balancing family, as well as the future of sports journalism.

Purdue Sports Podcast

Feb 13, 2012

Sam Klemet and student reporter Rob McMahon break down the Purdue men's basketball team's up and down week, their NCAA tournament hopes, and lineup changes.  Also discussed this week is the women's basketball team's Big Ten championship chances, and the football team's offseason.

Rayburn Honored for Academics

Feb 2, 2012

A Purdue basketball player is receiving accolades for her performance in the classroom.

The College Sports Information Directors of America named Brittany Rayburn to its District Five First Team All-Academic list.

It’s the second year in a row she’s earned first team honors and third straight year she has been acknowledged.  In 2010, Rayburn was placed on the second team.

She has a 3.71 GPA in Animal Science.

The senior leads Purdue with more than 14-points per game this season.