Matt Painter addressed Tuesday’s tragedy at Purdue following the team’s frustrating double-overtime loss at Northwestern, and he put the wild day in perspective. Painter said: “I don’t think basketball really is that important when something that tragic happens. We weren’t on campus, we weren’t there. But it’s, you know, it’s really senseless. It makes absolute no sense.”
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Purdue had plenty of support on the road Tuesday in Evanston, and it wasn’t just from Boilermaker fans. That’s because members of The Wildside, Northwestern’s student section, wrote “Stand With Purdue” on their chests to show support for the visitors (see photo below), who had a fatal shooting at their school earlier in the day. The Wildcats also held a moment of silence prior to the tip. Talk about classy!
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That was a fun – and long – night of Big Ten hoops. No. 3 Michigan State held off Indiana, 71-66, to complete the season sweep in the night’s first game, and Northwestern outlasted Purdue, 63-60, in double overtime. Catch up on all the action and get the best video highlights in this post.
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Hours after the tragic events Tuesday at Purdue, former Boilermaker Robbie Hummel posted a picture to his Instagram account of the Purdue campus, accompanied by a very powerful message. See the picture and Hummel’s words in this post.
Ohio State at Nebraska kicked off the week with a rare Monday night game. And, it was a doozy, as the Cornhuskers sent the Buckeyes to a fourth loss in a row. Was that a portent of things to come this week?
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The college basketball season is just past the midway point, and the Big Ten picture is beginning to take shape. With five teams ranked in the latest polls, it’s clear the Big Ten is, once again, one of the nation’s elite conferences.