There’s a lot of Boilermaker news to share, so a bullet type post is the best way to do it:
- After a 3-2 start to the season in B1G play, the Purdue Men’s Basketball team gets into the rough part of its schedule, beginning tomorrow at home against Iowa, followed by a road game on Saturday against #9 Michigan State, and then a home date against #19 Michigan on 1/24.
- Sandi Marcius, the Sophomore F/C for the Boilers, has missed four games this season with a calf injury, and didn’t play against Wisconsin due to an illness. Purdue needs him to get healthy, as they already lack depth at the 4 and 5.
- Senior G Lewis Jackson has faced a nagging back injury all season. He expects to play against Iowa, but his status will be uncertain for the foreseeable future. If he can’t go, expect Kelsey Barlow and Anthony Johnson to see increased playing time.
- The Lady Boilermakers are having an excellent season. They have a 15-3 record, and are alone atop the Big Ten with a 5-0 record. Still, they aren’t getting a ton of love from the voters. They are #13 in the AP poll. They had great wins this past week, including a W at Minnesota where Brittany Rayburn scored 38 points tied the NCAA record with 12 3-pointers made. They followed that up with a home victory against Iowa yesterday. A date in Bloomington against the Hoosiers (5-13, 0-5) awaits the Lady Boilers Thursday, and then a home bout with Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) on 1/23.
- Former Boilermakers are tearing it up in the NBA. Carl Landry is averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds for the New Orleans Hornets. Brian Cardinal continues to provide a veteran presence to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, despite his lackluster stats. He’s averaging 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He’s seeing 9.5 minutes per.
- Perhaps the most impressive performance of all the Boilermaker alums is coming from Rookie guard E’Twaun Moore in Boston. Coach Doc Rivers is notorious for sticking with veterans (perhaps for too long at times), but he can’t ignore the way Moore has practiced and performed in games this season. He played a season high 20 minutes in a homecoming game against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday (a game in which I was in attendance), and notched 7 points, 2 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. It was the first real time he’s gotten to prove himself, and Doc Rivers has been saying for about a week that Moore will continue to see his playing time increase. Very impressive for such a veteran team and a coach that is pretty loyal to veteran players.
- Fellow Boilermaker and rookie JaJuan Johnson has struggled to break into the rotation so far this season in Boston, but saw about three minutes of time at the end of the game this weekend against the Pacers. He made the most of it, going 2-2 from the floor (including a breakaway slam) and grabbing a couple of rebounds. But, he could see more minutes if Rivers wants to shake up his lineup after the poor start the Celtics have had this season.
- DT Kawaan Short is staying at Purdue for his senior season.