The next time the Purdue baseball team is picked to host an NCAA regional, it will do so in its own backyard. This past season, of course, Big Ten champ Purdue was forced to go to Gary, Ind., where it hosted a regional at U.S. Steel Yard, because Lambert Field didn’t meet NCAA requirements. If and when it happens again, the nearly completed Alexander Field will be more than capable to host such action. See an updated picture, courtesy of the Purdue baseball Facebook page, of the stadium.
Purdue basketball player D.J. Byrd recently shared a trick shot via his Twitter account @djbyrd21 and TwitVid.com with a promise of more to come. Not to be topped, Byrd’s former teammate Ryne Smith used his Twitter account @RyneSmith_ to send out this nifty trick shot. And the shots have continued. See all of them in this post.
It was a valiant effort, but Purdue’s Ishmael Aristide and Rob Henry fell short in their attempt to become student body president and vice president, respectively. The duo came in second in the school’s recent student government election. Last month, we published a post spotlighting the creative campaign. According to the Purdue Exponent, Joe Rust and Lexi Hiland won the election. Even though Aristide and Henry didn’t win, their campaign videos were great. Watch both spots in this post.
We’re taking a short respite from the usual sports updates to deliver this gem of a YouTube video from Purdue. Here’s the gist of it: Purdue students built a machine that involves 300 steps to blow up and pop a balloon. Watch it in this post and read more about the contest, too.
Let’s say you were running for Student Body President — how would you separate yourself from the competition, make yourself stand out? Whatever you came up with, Purdue’s Ishmael Aristide just topped you. The safety is going all “Old Spice” on Purdue’s campus to promote his presidency and QB Rob Henry’s vice presidency. Watch Aristide’s spot, plus Henry’s, in this post.
Purdue’s Matt Painter has been challenging his players to show more effort. Terone Johnson exhibited just the kind of hustle his coach is seeking Sunday night. On one particular play, Johnson went into the crowd to save a loose ball and suffered a pretty nasty spill in the process. After a few seconds on the ground, Johnson got up and found his way back on the court. Making the play even better, Johnson got the ball back, drove the lane and hit a teardrop. It was quite a sequence. Watch it here. If you’re thinking you’ve seen a Boiler make a similar play, you’re right. Dru Anthrop put on a balancing act there in December.
Blessed with unreal athleticism and great genes, Purdue’s Kelsey Barlow is no stranger to making his way onto the highlight shows. The junior has his frustrating moments, no doubt, but he can drop a lot of jaws if given the opportunity. Barlow did just that Tuesday night when he posterized preseason Big Ten player of the year Jared Sullinger in a narrow loss at No. 3 Ohio State. The dunk drew rave reviews from the ESPN crew, with Mike Tirico saying in amazement, “That is pretty special.” Indeed. Watch the dunk now and see Barlow’s other big slam in this post.
Purdue’s Jacob Lawson has experienced the highs and lows that come with being a freshman in the Big Ten. In Saturday night’s rivalry game against No. 20 Indiana, however, the young big man provided the highlight of his young career. It all started on the defensive end, too, as Lawson stole a pass intended for Cody Zeller, another freshman, and took it the length of the court for a powerful slam dunk. Watch Lawson’s play now and track the action from Mackey Arena.
It’s been a struggle from the field much of the season for Purdue senior Robbie Hummel. Entering Saturday’s game at Northwestern, the senior forward was shooting a career-low 39 percent and hadn’t hit 50 percent of his shots in any game since Nov. 29. Hummel was under 50 percent again Saturday (5 of 11; 45 percent), but he was money when it mattered most. With the score tied and less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Hummel made something out of nothing, hitting an impressive driving leaner to send Purdue past Northwestern. Watch the game-winning shot now.
It was garbage time, there was little reason to watch, and then little-used Purdue reserve Dru Anthrop gave us some excitement in the final seconds of Purdue’s 81-56 victory over IPFW. Anthrop had just saved the ball from going out of bounds, when his momentum took him off the floor and would have put him into the expensive seats, if not for some serious athleticism and balance. Anthrop jumped onto a scorer’s table, kept going toward the fans and landed on a railing, where he somehow gained his balance. Tony Hawk would have been impressed.
Have any doubts whether Purdue senior Robbie Hummel is healthy from his two major knee surgeries? Yeah, um, Hummel showed just how good he’s feeling with an athletic play to end the first half of Tuesday’s game against IPFW. It looked as though Kelsey Barlow was going to end the half with a running layup, but the ball caromed off the rim, and Hummel, who never gave up on the play, was there for the thunderous putback, milliseconds before the buzzer sounded. The refs reviewed the play, but as you can tell, it was good. Watch the putback now.
Purdue freshman Anthony Johnson brought down the house at Mackey Arena on Saturday afternoon. With Purdue leading overmatched Eastern Michigan in the second half, the exciting young guard threw down a huge dunk off of a Robbie Hummel missed 3-pointer. Perhaps the most impressive part of the play, Johnson sprinted in from outside of the arc to send Hummel’s shot down with authority. Watch Johnson’s big-time dunk now.
During Saturday afternoon’s telecast of the Eastern Michigan-Purdue men’s hoops game, former Purdue standout and current NBA player Brian Cardinal joined the BTN telecast. Cardinal, who won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks this past season, joined the guys to talk about his successful Purdue career, his future in the NBA and his recent role with his old school, among other things. Watch our entire interview with Cardinal now. As for the game, the Boilermakers drilled EMU, 61-36.
Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson stands 5-foot-9, a generous figure to many people who know him. So it comes as no surprise that the senior entered Wednesday’s game with no career dunks. That all changed against Western Michigan, though, as Jackson threw down for the first time in a game. And what a first jam it was. Something tells us Jackson won’t soon forget this poke. Watch the powerful dunk now.
At halftime of Purdue’s victory over High Point on Monday night, we aired a quick feature that gave Big Ten fans a behind-the-scenes look at the newly renovated Mackey Arena. From the court to the weight room to the locker room, among several other things, there have been a number of improvements made to Purdue basketball’s home. Everything looks really good, too. Watch the feature, which also includes Boilers talking about Robbie Hummel’s return, now.