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After a statement win against fifth-ranked Virginia earlier this week, the Purdue Men's basketball team opened the Big Ten regular season campaign at home against Northwestern Sunday, in a game that again pointed out this season's up-and-down offense. The 58-44 victory was relatively easy, but showed vulnerability as the conference season gets underway.

Both teams seemed to be allergic to scoring early in the ballgame, logging empty possession after empty possession. Northwestern shot just 27 percent in the first half, hitting only six shots.

It's common on a crisp afternoon in early fall for the gusts blowing across Ross-Ade Stadium to travel as fast as 30 mph.

But it had been a foul wind blowing against the Purdue football team in the weeks leading up to its breezy homecoming game against the Maryland Terrapins Saturday.

The Purdue team that took the field -- still with many freshmen seeing significant minutes -- looked more experienced than the group that was overmatched in last week's loss to Penn State. When the final horn blew on this day, Purdue emerged victorious 40-14.

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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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When he was done with his two terms as governor, Mitch Daniels received a number of job offers – some more lucrative than being Purdue’s president.

When he got into his current job, he asked for some of his pay to be “at risk” – that is, for him only to get it if he meets certain benchmarks.

On this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, though, we drill down on that number.

It had previously been reported that 50-percent of his pay is “at risk." As we learn on this month’s show, it’s actually far less than that which he stands to lose.

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By many accounts, Purdue doesn’t compare well with its Big 10 peers when it comes to underrepresented minority student enrollment and success. During the Spring 2015 semester, African American, Pacific Islander, Native American, Hispanic and multi-racial students made up only 11.5-percent of the school’s student body.

According to census data, those same groups, minus those who identify as multi-racial, comprise more than 18-percent of the state’s total population.

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: April 3

Apr 3, 2015
Purdue Athletics

When the Big Ten Conference suggested limiting the participation of freshmen athletes, it was all but laughed at. But Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke says it’s no laughing matter, even as he acknowledges the fact his conference can’t go it alone.

As the NCAA tournament gets set to conclude this weekend, we talk about whether Kentucky coach John Calipari is wrecking the spirit of intercollegiate athletics with his open endorsement of the “one-and-done” philosophy of recruitment.

Basil And The Boilers Smother Indiana 83-67

Jan 28, 2015
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It's hard to tell much from watching warm-ups. Shots are taken, passes made, slam dunks attempted. But those slams told the tale Wednesday for Purdue's Basil Smotherman, whose energy fueled his team whenever the sellout crowd's adrenaline began to wane.

Though Rafael Davis led the Boilers with 19 points, it was Smotherman's end line-to-end line pushes that defined Purdue in a 83-67 win over a top-20 Indiana team.

Wisconsin Outruns Purdue Women In 65-56 Win

Jan 15, 2015
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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: January 9

Jan 9, 2015
Purdue Athletics

It’s a new year and we’re turning over a new leaf on WBAA’s Off The Field with Morgan Burke. Sure, there’ll be the same question-and-answer format, but on this first show of 2015, we give Purdue’s athletics director a chance to take a crack or two at us in the media. What do we get wrong, screw up and step in?

On this week’s show, we also dig a little into why the Big Ten’s revenue sharing agreement means Morgan Burke is rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes to beat Oregon in Monday’s football national championship game.

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Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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