Casey Abbett

Sports Intern

Hi, my name is Casey Abbett and I am from LaCrosse Indiana. I am a freshman at Purdue University and planning to major in mass communications. I am a sports intern for WBAA.

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Unlike the last meeting when Purdue dominated Wisconsin, the Badgers outlasted the Boilers in a 69-65 victory on Tuesday night at Kohl Center.

With only four regular-season games left, Purdue drops to 14-13 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten after their third straight loss, which puts the Boilers in a precarious situation for their hopes of making the NCAA tournament.  The pressure is on.

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 As opposed to Purdue’s last home game against Iowa, ranked No. 17 six days ago when the two teams met, the Boilermakers’ most effective weapon against the Hawkeyes--the three-point shot--was used against them on Tuesday night.

No. 13 Penn State made 14 three-pointers in its 88-76 win over the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena.

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  Purdue men’s basketball fans greeted 17th ranked Iowa with derisive cheers from the moment the Hawkeyes hit the Mackey Arena floor for warmups on Wednesday night.  And they never let up after the upset-minded Boilermakers dominated the game, 104-68.  

After Iowa opened the scoring 18 seconds into the game on Luka Garza basket, Purdue responded with 17 unanswered points and set the tone. 

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 Purdue’s men’s basketball team nabbed its first Big Ten road win with a 61-58 victory at Northwestern. 

The Boilermakers were 0-5 in Big Ten road games prior to their game at Evanston.  Overall this season, Purdue had only one road triumph at Ohio U. on Dec. 17.

In the game’s final three minutes, the Boilermakers put together their surge with an 11-0 run.  

It marked the first time this season Purdue (12-10, 5-6 in the Big Ten) won a game trailing at halftime.  Northwestern had a 29-25 lead the break. 

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Following a rare loss at home to the fighting Illini earlier this week, the Purdue Boilermakers bounced back to beat the Wisconsin Badgers, 70-51, Friday night at Mackey Arena.

The Boilers shot out of the gate and never looked back in a much-needed Big Ten victory at home, a  big turnaround after the Boilermakers had an anemic offensive performance against the Fighting Illini.  A pair of runs in the first half, 13-2 and 12-2, allowed Purdue to control the tempo of the game.

Then Purdue held off a Badger run in the middle of the second half.

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The last outing for the Purdue men's basketball team, against an unranked Illinois squad, resulted in the team's lowest point total in 70 years (in a 63-37 loss). So the Boilermaker offense had a lot of work to do before facing #19 Michigan in Ann Arbor Thursday.

In their first of three straight games against top-25 opponents, the Boilermakers fell to the Wolverines, but forced them into double overtime to do it, 84-78. While the offense did improve, the visitors were simply outlasted by the more talented home squad.

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Though the rosters are the same no matter where they play, when the Purdue men's basketball team takes their home court in Mackey Arena, they have been a much different team.

They’ve scored more at all levels, defended better, rebounded with more tenacity and played with more energy.

Sunday’s game was played in Champaign, Illinois.

The 63-37 defeat represented Purdue's lowest point total of the season so far.

It started from the opening tip, as Purdue missed its first ten shots from the field, falling to an 11-0 deficit they were never able to overcome.

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The beginning to a new year is always a time of great excitement and promise. So many things to look forward to and goals to achieve.

The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers delivered on the promise of excitement with a double overtime thriller in Mackey Arena to get the year started Thursday.

Purdue was able to overcome a sometimes sloppy performance (15 turnovers, a season high) to secure its eighth win of the season, as neither team was able to build much of a lead throughout the game.

Maybe it was holiday home cooking. Or perhaps it was just a comfortable arena and an overmatched mid-major opponent.

Either way, the Purdue men's basketball team returned home to Mackey Arena Saturday after a lackluster three-game swing across the Midwest, and produced one of its best offensive perfromances of the season in a 97-62 drubbing of Central Michigan.

Purdue won just one of three games away from West Lafayette, including losses to Nebraska and Butler that both featured poor offensive performances.

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In 49 states it's just basketball, but in Indiana and at the Crossroads Classic it means a little something more. It means bragging rights against in-state rivals and more importantly an opportunity to define a team's early season.

More often than not, this tournament has been a disappointment for Purdue's men's basketball team which came in with a 2-6 record all-time in the event. That trend continued Saturday, as Purdue lost 70-61 to the 17th-ranked Butler Bulldogs at Indianapolis' Banker's Life Fieldhouse. 

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