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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If any NBA executive is thinking of drafting Purdue’s Carsen Edwards in a couple months, they need only look at what may be the final game of his college career for an indication of what they’ll get.

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You can't have college basketball in March without a little madness.

Playing for the chance to advance past the Sweet 16 for the first time in nearly 20 years Thursday, the Purdue men's basketball team defeated Tennessee 99-94 in an overtime thriller.

A 13-2 run in the first half helped lead to a 12-point cushion at the half, which Coach Matt Painter's team extended to 18 early in the second half. But then Tennessee came alive and tore down the stretch, regaining the lead in the final minutes on the strength of their own 21-5 run.

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The Purdue men's basketball team entered Big Ten Tournament play as the number two overall seed, after winning a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

That mattered little to their opponent Minnesota as the Gophers defeated the Boilers for the second consecutive time, 75-73, following a loss near the end of the regular season that cost Purdue an outright title (rather than a share of it with Michigan State).

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As the Purdue men’s basketball team nears the end of its regular season every game becomes increasingly important -- in some ways, more important than most pre-season watchers could have imagined. So with the added intensity of the last home game of the season and the annual Senior Day, the intensity in Mackey Arena might have been at a season high Saturday. 


The Boilermakers responded by routing the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes -- the last team to beat Purdue at home -- 86-51.


After a decent starts for both teams it seemed as though the sellout crowed at Mackey Arena would be in for a close game as the Purdue men's basketball team took on the Illinois Fighting Illini Wednesday. Pressure from the Illinois defense caused Purdue to struggle with handling the ball and created 14 turnovers, most of which came in the first half.

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The 12th-ranked Purdue men's basketball team protected home court against Penn State Saturday, winning 76-64. The Boilermakers, however, did not protect the basketball very well.

Purdue averages just ten turnovers per game, but when the game's final buzzer sounded, they had a total of 23 -- a season high. Those turned into 17 points on the other end for one of the conference's worst teams.

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The fact that the Purdue men's basketball team had not played in almost a week was all too evident in the early minutes of their game against the visiting Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday.

The 15th-ranked Boilermakers missed passes and had trouble finding a rhythm in the first half, and led by just two at the break. 

It wasn't until a 14-2 run during a four-minute stretch early in the second half that the team could open up a significant lead. Once they did so they rode it all the way into a 19-point victory in front of a sold out Mackey Arena.

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The past six times the Michigan State men's basketball team had been ranked in the top ten when playing in West Lafayette, they had lost.

Better make that seven.

The Spartans fell to the Boilermakers 73-63 in front of a sold out Mackey Arena Sunday. The loss means MSU is no longer unbeaten in the Big Ten and Purdue improves to a perfect 10-0 at home this season.

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Even though the weather around West Lafayette was near blizzard conditions, the Purdue student section was full an hour prior to tipoff with their most hated rival, the 25th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, coming to Mackey Arena. The fans and the home team rose to the occasion, as Purdue secured a 70-55 victory.

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With the Purdue lead at just ten points at halftime over Rutgers it looked like there was going to be a close game in Mackey Arena Tuesday night. But when the second half came to a close it was anything but, as the Boilermakers had soundly defeated the Scarlet Knights 89-54. 

Purdue dominated in almost all facets of the game. Their bench scored nearly 40 points, turned 19 turnovers into 24 points, and swiped nine steals. 

Purdue outscored their opponents 49-24 in the second half and shot 50% from beyond the arc, hitting 14 three-pointers.