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BLOOMINGTON | Arm-weary and defeated, Ben Chappell walked slowly toward his lockerroom Saturday when a young man asked him to stop. Chappell paused, and the man, three academic years his junior, spoke briefly, then shook Indiana's fifth-year senior quarterback's hand, and gave him a brief, r…
BLOOMINGTON | Denard Robinson might well be the best player in college football today, at least according to Bill Lynch.
BLOOMINGTON | In much the same manner as its first two wins in this still-young season, Indiana was neither greatly troubled nor wildly convincing in a 35-20 win over visiting Akron on Saturday night. With Michigan, the potential of facing Denard Robinson and the start of conference play loo…
BLOOMINGTON | Matt Ernest got lucky. Well, that's his story anyway.
BLOOMINGTON | Dimitrius Carr-Watson's biggest adjustment in his second year of college football?
SOUTH BEND | It's been so long that it hardly seems possible Scott Martin has really satisfied everyone whose approval he needed.
Luke Harangody's professional career didn't take long to get started.
Luke Harangody just wants a job. He currently occupies a position to which few can relate -- put on display, essentially, day after day, his every move critiqued and evaluated.
After a season in which it seemed, according to Casey Martin, most all that could go wrong did, Notre Dame's baseball program is headed in another direction.
Robbie Hummel admits, he felt a little sorry for himself.
The sky now appears to be the limit for coach Matt Painter's Purdue Boilermakers.
So, in the end, there might be compromise.
With strong campaigns just behind them and plenty of returning talent, both Purdue and Butler have high expectations for the 2010-11 season. Those expectations, however, will be measured first in draft stock, this summer.
SOUTH BEND | After Sunday's 11-inning, 8-6 loss to Rutgers, which until the ninth inning was safely in Notre Dame's hands, Irish coach Dave Schrage gathered his team together inside the home dugout at Frank Eck Stadium. He left them with a simple message.
Anyone waiting for Duke to trip and flatten its face in the Sweet 16 or the Elite Eight last weekend went home disappointed.
Legend says there is a basketball hoop in every driveway in the state of Indiana. Were it only half true, the Hoosier state's talent pool would still almost certainly be deep enough to stock all of its traditional powers plus an ambitious few more.
HOUSTON | Mike Krzyzewski has coached national champions and players of the year. He has won a gold medal and achieved nearly every honor of his trade. But he has never had a team quite like the one he's taking to Indianapolis.
HOUSTON | All Tweety Carter did was invest in a dream.
HOUSTON | He's the kind of player that knows no middle ground. Tough-nosed, fiery and always willing to meet a challenge, Chris Kramer often was either beloved or belittled.
HOUSTON | Even coach Mike Krzyzewski admitted that, at times during Purdue's Sweet 16 tilt Friday night with Duke, the Boilermakers were winning hustle battle, never an easy feat against the tough-nosed Blue Devils. Purdue forced the game into a defensive struggle, something coach Matt Paint…
HOUSTON | Whether it ends in Indianapolis or closer to home in Texas, Baylor's season has been rather historic.
HOUSTON | The question was straightforward, and JaJuan Johnson's answer was honest.
HOUSTON | Short on bodies and long on desire, Purdue clung to its season for as long as it could. Undermanned against a top-seeded Duke team that features three 17-point-or-better scorers, the Boilermakers battled through the Texas night against the ACC champions, hoping to extend their alre…
HOUSTON | Just as simple as any give-and-go they had ever run in, LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter sliced downcourt, their eventual destination inevitable.
HOUSTON | The gold was traded for blue, as in a shirt and tie, but Robbie Hummel being on Purdue's bench still was a welcome sight for his coach and team Friday night, when No. 4 Purdue took on No. 1 Duke in the Sweet 16.
HOUSTON | While the raised floor that often accompanies NCAA tournament games played in football stadiums was nothing new for Purdue, issues of depth perception behind the baskets inside massive Reliant Stadium still required an adjustment.
Purdue wasn't paying attention when it was told that losing Robbie Hummel meant the effective end of its season. And the Boilermakers weren't listening when Siena became one of the college basketball world's upset darlings on Selection Sunday.
Purdue coach Matt Painter confirmed Tuesday that former Valparaiso standout Robbie Hummel, still recovering from surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, will travel with Purdue to Houston for this weekend's action. Hummel has been out since Feb. 24, when he sustained the s…
Scott Drew is used to playing the role of underdog.
The last time Duke and Purdue met, on Dec. 2, 2008, the stage was set for an evening of college basketball pageantry.
Coming into this season, Baylor was tasked with replacing three 1,000-point scorers, and expectations, as such, were adjusted down accordingly.
NEW ORLEANS | Considering John Calipari's impressive list of alumni -- Marcus Camby, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans -- it's not at all surprising when he talks about chatting up NBA coaches. So, with a current roster that probably includes three 2010 lottery picks, what name came up in a convers…
With Chris Kramer and JaJuan Johnson on the bench in foul trouble, Purdue needed help.
Matt Painter was clear -- his three keys to victory are easy to remember, and they have next to nothing to do with the next opponent on Purdue's schedule.
It probably goes without saying now that Butler sneaks up on no one. The Bulldogs are basically a perennial NCAA tournament team, having now made the field of 65 for the fourth straight year.
Matt Painter's message to his team was up front and simple: start with defense.
By the time Baylor left New Orleans and turned its focus on the Sweet 16, the Bears were in uncharted waters, going where the program hadn't been in 60 years. As if one was needed, there is an added bonus: The next two rounds, and the only two separating Baylor and a trip to the Final Four, …
Color this win a little bit different. The Purdue Boilermakers, considered by some as long shots to make it out of the NCAA tournament's first weekend without injured star and Valparaiso High School graduate Robbie Hummel, battled their way through two close wins, the last coming Sunday in o…
It might be fair to say most teams that win their first NCAA tournament game in 60 years are often talked about as happy-to-be-there types without much need for further success. It's safer to assume that none of those teams knows what it feels like to be Baylor.
NEW ORLEANS | So what comes after all the records, all the accolades, all the awards and recognition and "SportsCenter" moments?
NEW ORLEANS | Luke Harangody's final points were his least important. Carleton Scott's potential game-tying 3-point attempt in the waning seconds spun into the rim but then back out, and Harangody's putback with this team down 51-48 was little consolation.
NEW ORLEANS | Kentucky's greatest -- and perhaps only -- true weakness entering the NCAA tournament is youth, one reason sophomore DeAndre Liggins said Thursday that focus and a quick start would be their No. 1 priority.
NEW ORLEANS | Given the strong nucleus of experienced players Notre Dame has returning next year -- even without Tory Jackson and Luke Harangody -- coach Mike Brey was willing to look forward, even after a tough 51-50 loss to Old Dominion on Thursday morning.
NEW ORLEANS | Baylor is a team that's on more than one list of Final Four darkhorses this March.
NEW ORLEANS | They are the kindling behind the "slow burn" offense.
The unavoidable caveat to coaching success in college basketball is that, eventually, you'll become the one whose back is painted with a bull's-eye, a reality Matt Painter knows all too well.
SOUTH BEND | Luke Harangody is a man who knows about records, given the ones he's set, the ones he's chased and the ones still in front of him.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Indiana coach Tom Crean, sitting with reporters after his team's loss to Purdue earlier this month, was profuse in his praise about the senior guard whose toughness, he said, was crucial to his team's success. The second-year IU coach even talked about putting a framed pictu…
SOUTH BEND | The poker term is called "playing with house money."
WEST LAFAYETTE | Purdue's world probably revolves just as much around injured Robbie Hummel as it did healthy Robbie Hummel, if not more.
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