Purdue vs. #15 Ohio State Photo Gallery

Purdue got off to a terrible start last night, and struggled to close the gap all night. The crowd was ready to erupt several times, but something always stopped the Boilers run. I did not take too many pictures last night, but here are some of my favorites. By the way the t-shirt idea by the athletic department was a great one, and it looked great. That is why two pictures from the opening moments show up right away.

The colors in the stadium stand out during the National Anthem

The colors in the stadium stand out during the National Anthem

The stadium is shown off again here just before the tip

The stadium is shown off again here just before the tip

Ronnie Johnson battles Aaron Craft for the ball early in the game

Ronnie Johnson battles Aaron Craft for the ball early in the game

Shannon Scott works to get a shot off over A.J. Hammons

Shannon Scott works to get a shot off over A.J. Hammons

Deshaun Thomas was a beast last night for Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas was a beast last night for Ohio State

Sometimes I felt just like Matt Painter

Sometimes I felt just like Matt Painter

Ronnie Johnson had a pretty good game last night. Here he scores two more of his points

Ronnie Johnson had a pretty good game last night. Here he scores two more of his points

Shannon Scott with a very challenged shot attempt

Shannon Scott with a very challenged shot attempt

DJ Byrd tries to get a shot off against Deshaun Thomas

DJ Byrd tries to get a shot off against Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas shoots into the bee

Deshaun Thomas shoots into the bee

I thought this big reversal of a call towards Purdue could have been big, but things just did not work out

I thought this big reversal of a call towards Purdue could have been big, but things just did not work out

Terone Johnson goes up for the layup. A strobe went off at this time blowing out my shot. I thought that I would try and bring back some details in it.

Terone Johnson goes up for the layup. A strobe went off at this time blowing out my shot. I thought that I would try and bring back some details in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purdue vs. #11 Illinois Photo Gallery

Here are some of my favorite shots from tonights game in Mackey Arena. This was a great game to be at, and I hope that I captured at least some of that here.

The opening tip

The opening tip

Brandon Paul hitting the three to set up a four point play

Brandon Paul hitting the three to set up a four point play

 

Brandon Paul completing a four point play

Brandon Paul completing a four point play

Tracy Abrams with a layup

Tracy Abrams with a layup

DJ Richardson driving on Travis Carroll

DJ Richardson driving on Travis Carroll

Brandon Paul going in against Travis Carroll

Brandon Paul going in against Travis Carroll

Terone Johnson looking for room to drive

Terone Johnson looking for room to drive

Terone Johnson passing to Jacob Lawson to complete  a great defensive play

Terone Johnson passing to Jacob Lawson to complete a great defensive play

Jacob Lawson throwing it down to finish the great play

Jacob Lawson throwing it down to finish the great play

Rapheal Davis with a drive to the hoop

Rapheal Davis with a drive to the hoop

Terone Johnson with a layup

Terone Johnson with a layup

Terone Johnson putting the ball on the glass

Terone Johnson putting the ball on the glass

Dj Byrd cans a three in the second half

Dj Byrd cans a three in the second half

Terone Johnson getting helped up after getting fouled

Terone Johnson getting helped up after getting fouled

The start of Terone Johnson's floater

The start of Terone Johnson’s floater

The finish of Terone's sweet floater

The finish of Terone’s sweet floater

DJ Byrd getting an and one after a great inbounds play

DJ Byrd getting an and one after a great inbounds play

Terone Johnson congratulates DJ Byrd after a great three point play

Terone Johnson congratulates DJ Byrd after a great three point play

Jacob Lawson hitting some free throws to seal the game

Jacob Lawson hitting some free throws to seal the game

DJ Byrd and his father celebrating the win

DJ Byrd and his father celebrating the win

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s NCAA Tournament Picks and Bracket

 

The top half of my bracket

I don’t have much time so I can’t get into this too much. I will say that I didn’t see too many upsets here. The one big upset that I picked was Ohio State over Tennessee. The Volunteers are not the power they once were, and Ohio State is playing like the team we thought they would be at the start of the season. That should be a great game. I then have Notre Dame taking out Ohio State to move to the Final Four. Continue reading

The Official csd Bracket

This has probably been one of the toughest years that I have had in filling out a bracket. Every time that you think that you have had a team figured out this season they go and show you another side. I think that Ohio State might be the toughest team in the bracket, but I saw them get beat in person. The first time I filled the bracket out I came up with way too much chalk. I then tried to find a few upsets, and ended up with a bracket that if true would have been a crazy tournament. I think that I have settled on something that is fairly realistic with a few upsets. Of course with the bracket I have always done better when I just trusted my gut. The first chalk bracket was probably the best one I came up with. This morning President Obama released his bracket so I thought I should release mine. Millions of people will see his bracket, and tens of people might see this one. Pretty similar. In fact I would bet that more people were in the room during the taping of his bracket segment then will read this. Continue reading

2011 Men’s Big Ten Tournament Preview

I think these two will meet again in the finals

Why do I try and predict anything? If you saw my women’s tourney preview it looked good on paper. Then they played the games, and my bracket was busted early. Of course that never stops me from trying to predict anything. If anything I find it funny how often I am wrong. I did do fairly well during the regular season this year picking the mens games so maybe this won’t be so bad. I will go through what I think will happen day by day in the tourney. Picking the games this way could lead to bad things in a hurry. Here goes nothing. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Hawkeye Down Edition)

 

Carver-Hawkeye from the top of the stands

Well my promise of insight into each game has gone an entire season of being unfulfilled. Early in the season I blamed it on writing too much about football. Now that we have had nothing but basketball going on I really haven’t stepped up. I guess you can blame that on my limited basketball knowledge. I played (if you could call it that) football so I at least understand most of the game. I am still new to organized basketball so I seem to learn something new all the time. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Senior Night Edition)

 

E'Twaun and JJ will be on this bench one last time Tuesday

This week we say goodbye to two players who have given a lot to Purdue. I will have more on the Senior Night of E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson later in the week. The game of the week is obviously the game Tuesday when the Boilers take on Illinois at home. This will be the final time both Moore and Johnson play in front of their home crowd. On paper this game should not be too bad for the Boilers. They handled Illinois very easy in Champaign, and you would think things would be easier for Purdue at Mackey. This is the Big Ten though, and anything can happen on any night. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Ohio State Edition)

Lewis Jackson will be key this week again

During football season I actually break down games, and talk about keys to winning. For some reason during basketball season I just ramble for a couple of paragraphs and then make some picks. That may be due to my lack of basketball knowledge. I just don’t know near as much about hoops as I do football. What I do know though is that tomorrow will be a huge day on the campus of Purdue. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (Week 14 Edition)

This week I am going to be very hypocritical. Or maybe not. I picked the game Wednesday between the #12 Purdue Boilermakers and the #14 Wisconsin Badgers as the game of the week. I actually think that the Badgers have a good shot at beating #1 Ohio State today at home. I do think though that they will lose in West Lafayette Wednesday. I just think that it is that tough to play in the Kohl Center. If Ohio State can pull that game out, then I think they are poised to run the table in the regular season. That should be an interesting game that I hope the Badgers can pull out. That leads to Wednesday when they turn around to play Purdue. Wisconsin is a very tough team. Purdue had them on the ropes up in Madison, but could not finish the game. DJ Byrd scored five straight points near the end that I thought sealed the game for the Boilers. That was not the case though, and they lost. I think that the crowd at Mackey will be the difference here, and the Boilers will get the win. With only a couple more opportunities to see Smooge and JJ at home we will have to enjoy these games. Continue reading

College Basketball Game of the Week (IU Sucks Edition)

It is that time of the year. Indiana comes to West Lafayette Tuesday night, and I can’t think of any game bigger this week. Last week the women did their part by winning at home to complete the season sweep of IU. The men now have to do their part. Indiana is a program that has been showing some life lately. They have had two big wins over ranked opponents on their floor. This game will be played at Mackey obviously so hopefully the fans can help make it a tough place for the Hoosiers. I have seen some great games between these two schools in my short time as a season ticket holder. I hope that this one is a boring blowout. Purdue will have had a week off since the Wisconsin loss, and they should be ready to come out firing. Continue reading