Hammer and Rails: The Whistlestop Tour: Week 12 of Big Ten Football
My apologies for Friday. With it being a bye week and basketball season just starting I completely forgot to do a Big Ten preview for this weekend. That is really uncharacteristic of me and I am sorry for that. I'll make it up to you, however, with a free Whistlestop Tour here.Ohio State 56, Rutgers 21
This was dull, as Ohio State went through the motions and won with ease, but gave up the most points Rutgers has scored in a conference game this year. In fact, the Scarlet Knights had scored only 24 points in their previous six Big Ten games:
With the Scarlet Knights starters still on the field, the home team continued to try and put points on the board.
Hammer and Rails: Purdue 93, Chicago State 49: The Slumpbuster
Purdue was not good in the final three minutes against Texas and lost as a result. The second half agaisnt Marquette was probably the worst half of basketball it has played since getting blasted by Kansas in the Sweet 16 in 2017, and Purdue lost as a result. The Boilermakers very easily could have been 3-0 entering today's game with Chicago State, but instead they had a losing record for the first time in almost six years and the knowledge they had mostly beaten themselves. The good news is that we had Chicago State, the worst Division I team in the country according to KenPom, coming to town.
Hammer and Rails: Chicago State at Purdue: Gamethread and How to Watch
This is going to be a brutally ugly game that Purdue wins by about 40 or more. Anything less is massive cause for concern. It is a chance to work on a few things at game speed and hopefully gain some confidence just by seeing the ball go through the basket with stunning regularity. It is the absolute definition of a tune up game and Purdue is in definite need of a tune up on offense.From: Chicago, IL
Game Location: Mackey Arena (14,240)
Date: November 16, 2019
Time: 2pm ET
2018-19 Record: 3-39, 0-16 WAC
2019-20 Record: 1-2, 0-0 WAC
Hammer and Rails: Not This Time Coach Painter - No Sir
I've written for Hammer and Rails for quite a few years now. I've had a couple good takes, plenty of bad takes, and a few atrocious takes during my blogging career, but no one is able to ring a bad take out of me like early season Matt Painter.This year, however, I'm on to Coach Painter and his wily ways. I watched last nights game with the calm of a Zen Buddhist after a handful of Xanax. In the past, every missed free throw, every bad call, every stagnant offensive possession would coax my blood pressure up a notch until I would have to turn up the T.
Hammer and Rails: Cleveland State at Purdue: Preview, Odds, & How to Watch
For the first time in almost six years Purdue has a record under .500 overall. It is a strange place to be, but this already feels like a strange college basketball season. Kentucky was #1 in the nation but lost a buy game at home to Evansville. Last night Towson took top 15 Florida to the final minute. Northwestern lost to Division I newcomer Merrimack, then comfortably beat a Providence team that was a fringe top 25 team.The good news is that Purdue will not be under .500 for long. It won't be 72 hours, even. Chicago State is bad.
Hammer and Rails: Purdue 55, Marquette 65: Boilers Fall Again
The Boilers jumped out to a big lead against Marquette early, 9-0, and kept that momentum through the first half. They went into the half with a 38-25 lead. It was a nice turnaround for a Boiler team coming off their first loss of the year against Texas on Saturday.The Boilers bullied Marquette on the glass in the first half, but the Boilers couldn't buy a basket in the second half, especially from the line, and Marquette took advantage from a foul-troubled Purdue squad, upsetting Purdue 65-55.
Nojel Eastern didn't start the second half after getting into early foul trouble in the first half, picking up his third before the break.
Hammer and Rails: 2019 Early Signing Day: Ethan Morton Signs with Purdue
Matt Painter likes to get a shooter in each class, and he got a very good one for 2020 in Ethan Morton from Butler, Pennsylvania.
Welcome to the Purdue family.
: Butler, Pa.
: 6-6 Point Guard
: 27 PPG, 10 RPG, 8 APG pic.twitter.com/qljMaBop1o-- Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 13, 2019
Morton is listed as a 6'5" 180 pound guard. He is the #74 recruit according to Rivals, #77 according to 247, and #66 according to ESPN.
Hammer and Rails: 2019 Early Signing Day: Jaden Ivey Signs with Purdue
The fax is in, an Jaden Ivey is a Boilermaker.
Welcome to the Purdue family.
: South Bend, Ind.
: 6-3 Combo Guard
: 25 PPG, 40% from 3 pic.twitter.com/F35s83GI8v-- Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 13, 2019
Ivey is a 6'3" point guard from Mishawaka, IN, but he is spending his final year of high school at LaPorte LaLumiere. He is the #79 recruit nationally according to Rivals, 247 has him as the #73 player nationally, and ESPN has him at #84.
Hammer and Rails: 2019 Gavitt Games: Purdue at Marquette Preview, Odds, & How to Watch
If Purdue loses at Marquette tomorrow night prepare for a firestorm.I am not saying that because it means Purdue is a bad team. As we learned last year, the Boilers did not have a single quality win outside of the Big Ten (maybe Belmont was one?) and it was 6-5 at Christmas. It still won the Big Ten and came two tenths of a second from the Final Four. I think on Saturday night against Texas, which was stunning because it occurred in Mackey Arena, you saw a team that will come to together as the year goes on and will be significantly better in February and March than in mid-November.
Hammer and Rails: College Basketball Rankings November 11: Purdue Falls Out of Top 25
Purdue will have to earn its way back into the top 25 after Saturday's four-point home loss to Texas. The Longhorns didn't quit take Purdue's spot, but the Boilers did fall into the dreaded "Others Receiving Votes" category. Kentucky (64) 1,622
Michigan State 1,451
Louisville (1) 1,425
North Carolina 1,187
Texas Tech 888
Seton Hall 869
Ohio State 544
Utah State 507
Hammer and Rails: Purdue Basketball: Week 1 Player Grades
Starters: Grade: B
Reason: Jelly struggled offensively the first two games scoring a combine 12 points. Against Texas he picked his game up, passing the ball better and rebounding better after a sub-par game against Greeen Bay, in which it looked like his wrist was bugging him.
After one week, it appears the jump shot looks better, but will come in time for gameplay. He was not shy about attempting it, which means it is going down in practice. When he makes a 3, Mackey may go crazy like when Ben Simmons hit a three for Philly
Reason: Is Jahaad our best player?
Hammer and Rails: Doing the Double: A Tale of Ryan Field, Half-Hats, and Mackey Arena
The following is a true story. Only the names have been changed to protect the Purdue fans.First, please excuse the AC/DC joke (which is actually a Dragnet joke), I've always wanted to start an article with it. Second, it has been awhile since I've written an article (just ask all the other H&R guys) so forgive me if it sucks. Finally, if you're confused about what I mean by double, I'm referring to attending both a Purdue football and basketball game in the same day...in different places.
For me, the idea of doing the double started with an invite from my best friend.
Hammer and Rails: Texas 70, Purdue 66: Home Winning Streak Snapped
Late in tonight's game Purdue had a five point lead with the basketball. There were less than two and a half minutes remaining, but the Boilers picked hte absolute worst time to have a bout of the butterfingers: Aaron Wheeler turned it over by failing to catch a pass, causing it to dribble out of bounds.
Those three turnovers were huge as part of a 9-0 Texas run that gave the Longhorns a rare victory in Mackey Arena. Matt Coleman III had a great slash and kick game, finishing with 20 points and 7 assists.
Hammer and Rails: Purdue Basketball Recruiting: Zach Edey
Zach Edey, a 7'3, 220 pound, 3* center, originally from Toronto, Canada and currently hailing from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Boilermakers beat out Baylor and Santa Clara for Edey's commitment.
Per his Instagram Zach Edey has committed to Purdue. Edey is a class of 2020 7'3" 220 lbs Center from Toronto, Ontario.
Edey was up until recently a class of 2021 recruit and reclassified to 2020. No ranking info available.-- ISC Purdue (@ISC_PU) November 9, 2019
Matt Painter was looking to fill out the 2020 class with a big man, and they don't get much bigger than Edey.
Hammer and Rails: Texas At Purdue: Preview, Odds, & How to Watch
After a tune-up game Wednesday night Purdue is wasting no time in getting into the meat of the non-conference schedule. Purdue has the Texas Longhorns coming to town tomorrow night followed by the first road trip of the season to Marquette next Wednesday. There is no question that this team will be battled tested by the time it comes to defend our Big Ten title, and the first test is tomorrow night at home.Texas Longhorns
From: Austin, Texas
Game Location: Mackey Arena (14,240)
Date: November 6, 2019
Time: 7pm ET
Odds: No Line Yet
2019-20 Record: 1-0, 0-0
Series with Purdue: Texas leads 3-1
Last Purdue win: 58-54 in Boston, MA (NCAA Tournament) on 3/12/1999
Last Texas win: 72-68 at Texas on 12/9/2018
NCAA Tournament History: 34 appearances, 4 Final Fours, last in 2003.
- There are no injuries listed at this time.