Sunday, November 18, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Iowa Prediction

The Purdue Boilermakers will look for a little revenge and redemption this weekend as they host the 3-4 (1-3) Iowa Hawkeyes. Purdue will look to halt its two game losing streak and avoid the midseason swoon that has ended recent promising starts. Purdue will also look to avenge the 47-17 thumping they took at the hands of the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium last year. Iowa, picked to contend for the conference title, is struggling mightily this year having already lost to lowly Indiana and Iowa State. They do however, have a little momentum on their side after knocking off the Fighting Zookers last weekend.

As mentioned, the Boilers were humbled last season in a 47-17 beatdown that currently stands as the worst loss of the Tiller era. At the time, Iowa was coming off a tough loss to Ohio State and used the Boilers to take out their frustration. This time its the Hawkeyes who are starting a first year QB and are ripe for the picking. Word is that Coach Tiller has had this game circled on the schedule for some time. Expect the Boilers to come out fired up and ready to go. Just ask Ryan Baker how much he is looking forward to this game.

The last two outings for Purdue have been embarrassing. They were disturbing. The good news is that the Boilers are not penalized for losing ugly. Two losses to the best 2 teams in the conference does not constitute the end of the world or a lost season. Purdue was over matched physically on the lines and lost to teams that were their superior. This team can regroup and finish the season strong. Every game remaining on the schedule is very winnable. Tom Kubat of the J&C provides some well stated perspective on this topic.

The Hawkeyes are led at QB by former 4 star recruit and current disappointment Jake Christensen. Jake leads an absolute anemic Iowa offense that ranks #109 in the country as far as yards per game, averaging a mere 313.9 yds per. The Hawkeyes have struggled with offensive line play of late and made several changes last week at Illinois. Those making their Hawkeye debut were true freshman Bryan Bulaga and also Dan Doering, a former 5 star recruit. The Hawkeye defense has been stout ranking 14th nationally and giving up 301.9 yards per game, but haven't yet faced an offense quite like Purdue's.

Playing a team without elite talent of an Ohio State or Michigan is just what the doctor ordered for this Purdue offense. Purdue should also get a much needed boost with the early return of Jaycen Taylor from a broken arm. Look for the offense to get rolling again and moving the chains like they did in the first 5 games of the season. Painter has a much better day throwing the football as he will actually have time to throw. Dorien Bryant returns from his one week vacation and has a big day.


Sunday, October 14, 2007


Purdue was blasted by the boys in maize and blue yesterday 48-21, and it was never really that close. Michigan dominated the Boilers in every phase of the game, even special teams. The final score could have been 60-7, had Lloyd Carr not called of the dogs for the entire 4th quarter. After two early losses to start the season, Michigan has righted the ship and is playing some damn good football.

After forcing Michigan to punt on their first possession, it looked like Purdue was off to a great start. That was until the ensuing punt hit gunner Terrell Vinson in the back and it was recovered by Michigan. Michigan punched it in 2 plays later on a 24 yard Henne touchdown pass to Manningham. Purdue never recovered.

-Purdue turned the ball over four times. Michigan scored touchdowns after all of them.
-Purdue didn't get its 100th offensive yard until midway through the 3rd quarter.

A masterful defensive play by defensive end Keyon Brown led to the only meaningful Purdue points of the day. As Henne dropped back to pass deep in his own territory, Keyon Brown came on a speed rush to the outside and stripped the ball from Henne's grasp. The fumble was recovered by Purdue and Purdue punched it in to tie the game 7-7.

Coach Joe Tiller on staying positive in the face of consecutive embarrassing defeats, "But we have to be accountable, too," he said. "We can't just sweep things under the rug and pretend it never happened." I agree Joe. Let's start working on that gameplan for the Hawkeyes.

Purdue's shot at redemption comes next week in the form of an up and down Iowa Hawkeye team. Iowa upset the #19 Fighting Zookers of Illinois this weekend 10-6, which ended their streak of 9 straight conference losses. Kirk Ferentz is sure earning that $2 million dollar paycheck these days.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Michigan Prediction

The Wolverines aren't ranked, but they are a more talented team than the Boilers. In fact, this is the first time since 1993 that neither Purdue nor Michigan are ranked going into this game. Michigan has the better QB in senior Chad Henne and the best player on the field in Mike Hart.

Michigan isn't as dominant as Ohio State, especially on defense. I look for the O-Line to give Curtis Painter more time to pass and for the offense to get rolling. Stanford Keglar and Anthony Heygood need to have great games on D taking Mike Hart down with the first hit. Michigan is 21-4 when Hart gets his 100 yards.

The only way Purdue can win this game is with a big play on special teams. Special teams has been the biggest sore spot for the Wolverines this year, so anything is possible.

The Boilers lose their second straight game to a national power and the losing streak in The Big House continues.


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Like Eric Gordon Only Better

Recruiting master Matt Painter has replaced the departed Chris Lutz, and he did it in less than 5 days. Purdue filled that opening last Saturday night, when Bridgton (Maine) Academy shooting guard Greg Hill verbally committed to the Boilermakers. The Merrillville, IN native was also sporting offers from the likes of Kansas State, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah. Illinois was also close to offering. Hill bolsters Purdue's already very impressive recruiting class and will have four years of eligibility with the Boilermakers.

Hill provides some nice size on the perimeter at 6'2'' 215 and according to Coach Painter has a nice stroke from long range. Before enrolling at Bridgton to get his grades in order, Hill played on the same AAU team as fellow Purdue signees Robbie Hummel, Scott Martin, and E'Twaun Moore. The chemistry they developed as teammates on the very successful SYF Players should be a big positive for years to come. Hummel and Martin even made the trip down to West Lafayette from Valparaiso to visit Hill when he was on his official visit.

When asked to describe his game Hill said, "I'm probably another version of Eric Gordon, but I pass a lot and get my teammates involved more." Great quote. Simply oustanding.

Purdue signee Scott Martin, his Valparaiso teammate Robbie Hummel, East Chicago's E'Twaun Moore and Franklin Central's JaJuan Johnson made history Saturday, becoming members of the first Indiana All-Star team to include as many as four Boilermaker recruits. The selections mark the first time since the 1998 team - Maynard Lewis, John Allison and Rodney Smith - that Purdue had this many all-stars on a single team.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Busy Week In Boiler Sports

During a time when the basketball season has just wrapped up and spring football practice is barely getting started, who knew there could be so much news surrounding Boilermaker Athletics. This time of year, no news is good news. Here is a recap...

It's never good when comments made by Joe Tiller make an appearance on a site like Deadspin. Those internets and the knuckleheads that write on them are certainly no friend of Joe's. For the rest of spring and for fall practices, Tiller is moving his team to the Mollenkopf Athletic Center and the outdoor fields beside it, where the Boilermakers practice during the season. Tiller had this to say about the decision, "I'm tired of blogging and guys talking about our practices and postings and all that stuff. All it is is more problems than it is value." The guys at Boiled Sports have a hilarious commentary about Joe and his grumpy attitude.

Former Purdue standout wide receiver Darryl Stingley was found dead in his Chicago home this week at the age of 55. Stingley was an All-Big Ten wide receiver in 1971 and went on to play in the NFL. Stingley was paralyzed from the neck down due to a vicious hit from Jack Tatum in a 1978 preseason game. Strangely enough, Tatum never even reached out to Stingley to say he was sorry. Was it a dirty hit? You decide for yourself.

Disturbing. That is the best way to describe the recent events involving Torri Williams and Selwyn Lymon. Both were out late on the morning of Thursday March 29th and involved in some unfortunate incidents. Lymon was stabbed in an altercation outside of Nick's Nightclub at 3am and had to be rushed to the hospital, where he arrived in critical condition. Williams was arrested the same night on suspicion of DUI. Williams has been suspended indefinitely while Lymon was just released from the hospital and will make a full recovery.

There are a couple things that really bother me about these events. First, why isn't anyone stepping forward and taking responsibility for this? This football team badly needs some outspoken leaders to hold others accountable. This means you Stanford Keglar and Dustin Keller. Second, why in the hell were these guys were out late on a school night when they had practice at 8am. What kind of dedication is that? Apparently, Purdue is not the only Big Ten school having these kind of problems right now.

Purdue's most improved player during the 2006-07 season and Big Ten's best three-point shooter is leaving town. In a move that on the surface doesn't make much sense, guard Chris Lutz has announced his plans to transfer from Purdue due to homesickness. With the departure of Lutz, Marcus Green is the only one remaining of Matt Painter's inaugural recruiting class at Purdue. Hell, even Purdue's fire chief is leaving town.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Purdue Arizona Storylines

Purdue will face the Arizona Wildcats Friday evening in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. It's a tough draw for a Purdue team that has gotten by this year largely by playing tough defense and generally overachieving with modest talent. Arizona scores the most points of any team in the Pac-10 averaging 78 points per contest and also is second in field goal percentage hitting 48% of their shots. The Indy Star not surprisingly is going with the Wildcats, but were nice enough to map out Purdue's path to the Final Four. The following are some storylines heading into Friday's game.

As mentioned earlier, Arizona boasts the most potent offense in the Pac-10. They are led by Marcus Williams (18 ppg), Ivan Radenovic (16 ppg), super frosh Chase Budinger (15 ppg), and Mustafa Shakur (14 ppg). Arizona has been held to less than 70 points eight times this season, losing six of those contests. Arizona coach Lute Olsen has said that he feels his team is ready for Purdue's defensive style of basketball after facing UCLA and Washington State in conference play. The Bruins and Cougars play a similar style to Purdue's and went a collective 4-0 against the Wildcats this year. Keys to victory for Purdue is to slow the game down and disrupt the Wildcats' transition offense. Mustafa Chris Kramer.

As soon as the Midwest bracket was announced everyone, including Arizona coach Lute Olsen, started looking ahead to a matchup between #8 Arizona and #1 Florida. has written about how unfair Arizona's seeding is because they have to go through Florida and also about how Arizona's seniors want to leave a legacy by making the Final Four. It would certainly be to Purdue's favor if the Wildcats were looking past them as much as the Arizona media. There is no date with Florida without a win over Purdue.

Matt Painter's rebuilding project of the Boilermaker basketball program is definitely ahead of schedule. A turnaround of 9 wins to 21 wins and a NCAA Tournament berth for a team picked to finish 8th in the Big Ten really shows what an outstanding coaching job Painter has done this year. Even if the Boilers are one and done in the NCAA Tournament, this season is an overwhelming success. That said, Coach Painter's Boilers are not just happy to be there, they want to "do some damage."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sizing Up The Arizona Wildcats

Purdue will face Arizona in the 8 vs 9 matchup Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Arizona, one of the most dominant programs in all of college basketball, is having a down year by their standards. They are coached by the legendary Lute Olsen, who has 4 Final Four appearances and 1 National Title to his credit. Arizona is a very dangerous and talented 8 seed, with no one giving Purdue much of a chance.

Conference: Pac-10
Record: 20-10, 11-7 in conference
RPI: 14
How They Got In: At-large

Arizona started the season strong by knocking off tournament teams UNLV, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, & Stanford. They were 12-1 (3-0) at that point and ranked #7 in the country. Once the Pac-10 regular season got going they weren't able to build off their early season momentum. Their only 2 big wins during that time came @ Oregon and @ Stanford.

Arizona endured somewhat of a brutal Pac-10 season by their standards, losing twice to Washington State, USC, & UCLA. The Wildcats exited the Pac-10 tournament in the first round with a 19 point loss to Oregon, marking the second defeat at the hands of the Ducks this season. The ugliest loss by far was a 92-64 shellacking at home courtesy of North Carolina.

Arizona is led statistically by Marcus Williams, a sophomore shooting guard who averages 18 point per game. The key to an Arizona win might be the play of Mustafa Shakur, their senior point guard who averages 14 points and 7 assists a contest. The Arizona coaches feel that Shakur isn't playing his best basketball right now and needs to set the tone for their team as a senior who's been there before.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Purdue Doesn't Stand A Chance

Does anything seem wrong with the above image? It's part of a 12 picture slideshow called "Battle of the Bubble," by AOL Sports. Forget the fact that they put teams with worse records and worse RPI's ahead of Purdue, or the fact that they are way off the money with the assertion that Purdue will be "playing for its bubble life against OSU." You'd think they could at least get Purdue's record correct (they are 20-10, 9-7). It looks as though Purdue is in for a tough battle to make the tournament this year with AOL Sports tacking on losses after the season is over and ESPN removing key nonconference victories. Gary Parrish at CBS Sportsline continues to be one of the few voices of reason in the national media. He's had Purdue "in" since last Saturday.

Beat Iowa. If Purdue can't beat Iowa on a neutral floor, then the Boilers don't deserve an invite to the dance. It would also help to play Ohio State tough, something they've done twice this year already.

-Won 7 of their last 10 (2 of those losses to #1 Ohio State).
-Nonconference wins against RPI #40 Virginia & #68 DePaul.
-Blowout wins against Michigan, Michigan State, & Illinois.
-20 regular season wins, 9-7 in the Big Ten, & RPI of 48.

-Memphis, 27-3, 16-0, needs to win the Conference USA Tournament.
-Nevada, 26-3, 14-2, needs to win the WAC Tournament.
-Xavier, 23-7, 13-3, needs to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
-Losses by Illinois and Michigan State in the first or second round of the Big Ten Tournament would also help Purdue's cause.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Seniors Go Out In Style

Purdue thrashed Northwestern 73-50 yesterday in Mackey Arena on Senior Day to finish the regular season on a three game winning streak. Purdue was led once again by seniors Landry and Teague. The dynamic duo combined for 38 points and 18 rebounds, with Chris Lutz chipping in with 14 points. With the victory, Purdue reached the 20 win plateau for the first time since going 24-10 during the 1999-2000 season. The Boilers also improved to 16-1 at home, which marks the first time since Mackey Arena opened in 1967 that they've won 16 home games in a season.

At 20-10 (9-7 in the Big Ten), things are looking good for at large bid for the Boilers. They finish the season tied for 4th in the Big Ten, with an RPI of 47. Michigan, Illinois, & Michigan State all losing on Saturday will certainly help their case as well. As mentioned previously, Purdue's nonconference wins over DePaul, Oklahoma, Missouri, & Virginia will likely be the difference. Barring a one and done disaster in the Big Ten tournament, it appears as though Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, & Michigan State are in prime position to carry the flag for the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament. Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline has Purdue as an eleven seed with Illinois and Michigan on the outside looking in.

Purdue will face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the four versus five matchup in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Friday. The Boilers were blown out in Iowa City earlier this season, and will certainly be looking for some payback. If Purdue gets past Iowa, they will likely get another shot at #1 seed Ohio State.

Whether or not Purdue makes the NCAA Tournament, Carl Landry and David Teague's contributions to this program cannot be understated. I could not have said it better than Bob Kravitz, amazingly enough. Thank you David and Carl, you will be missed.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

One Step Closer

Purdue edged one step closer to an NCAA Tournament berth by earning their second road win of the season Saturday at Northwestern. The Boilers topped the Wildcats and Tim Doyle's hair 75-68 in Welsh-Ryan Arena behind another strong outing from David Teague. Teague had 26 points in the win, and reserve Chris Lutz chipped in with 15 points going 4-7 from three. Purdue struggled with Northwestern's tricky zone defense, until they broke it open with a 22-6 run that put them up 19 with 7 minutes to go.

Up next for Purdue are games are against 2 of the 3 worst teams in the Big Ten in RPI #177 Minnesota and RPI #167 Northwestern. With Painter's Boilers hungry for the postseason, one would think there's no way Purdue can drop either of these games at Mackey Arena where they are 14-1 this season.

Working in their favor are some strong non-conference wins and some convincing wins against other middle-of-the-pack Big Ten teams. In the non-conference, Purdue knocked off RPI #60 DePaul, #38 Virginia, and #75 Missouri. In league play, Purdue throttled RPI #21 Michigan State by 24, #23 Indiana by 13, #31 Illinois by 17, and #54 Michigan by 14. At this point it would seem the Boilers are guaranteed a tournament bid if they can close out the season with 2 wins to finish at 20-10 (9-7).

In other conference action today, Ohio State knocked off the Wisconsin Badgers 49-48 to claim their second Big Ten regular season title in a row.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Catching Up With -- Melvin Buckley

Does that name ring a bell? It should. Melvin Buckley made a splash at Purdue as a freshman by scoring 20 points in Purdue's first round NCAA tournament victory over LSU in 2003. As a freshman, he led Purdue in three point field goal percentage by hitting 42.6% of his shots. Having Buckley as a deep threat to compliment David Teague gave Purdue a lethal combination on offense.

As a sophomore, Buckley's playing time and scoring opportunities increased, but it wasn't up to his standards. In a puzzling move he left Purdue after his sophomore season, taking his shots at the program on the way out the door. Had he stayed in West Lafayette, he would have been in prime position to crack the starting lineup for his final two seasons. He claimed he "was going to the ACC, where he could get more love."

Buckley didn't quite make it to the ACC. He opted for the South Florida Bulls, doormat of the new Big East. How is Buckley doing in the sunshine state? After going 1-15 in the Big East last year, the Bulls are 12-14 (3-9 in the Big East) and have lost to the likes of Richmond, TAMU CC, Missouri State, & Mike Davis' UAB Blazers. But most importantly to Melvin, he can shoot lots of 3's and not have to worry about defense. He is averaging 38.5 mpg and 15.5 ppg, and is on pace to finish #2 all-time for three point field goals made at USF.

When recently asked about his career at USF, Buckley replied, "When I came here three years ago, I wanted to be able to say I helped turn the program around and built the foundation for a powerhouse." Way to go Melvin.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's Payback Time

Matt Painter and his Boilers will certainly be looking for some revenge tomorrow night when they host their rivals to the south. Couple that with the fact that Purdue absolutely needs this game to get an invite to the big dance, and you have all the makings of a heated rivalry game.

When Purdue was blown out at Assembly Hall earlier this season, IU guard Earl Calloway gave Coach Painter some trash talk after burying a three. Much was made about this, and the fact that Sampson did nothing to discipline his player. As much as Painter says its not a big deal, by the looks of the following David Teague quote, it certainly is.
"Calloway was a little disrespectful down there in Bloomington, and we haven't forgotten about that," said Teague, when asked if he hopes the Purdue student section picks up on it. "All you can do is take it out on the court and try to prove who the best team is and who has the most character and the most class. Trash talk among players, that's part of the game. Sometimes, it's even fun. But when you cross the line and talk trash to a coach, there's no reason for that and no place for that, no matter what the situation is. It's the ultimate sign of disrespect."
Purdue HAS to get to 20 regular season wins if they hope to make the NCAA tournament. They would get there by winning at Northwestern and holding serve at home against IU, Northwestern, & Minnesota. That would put the Boilers at 20-10 (9-7) and in prime position for a dance ticket. The first step is to get some revenge against the hated Hoosiers and their dirty coach tomorrow night at Mackey, as Landry certainly doesn't want to go winless against the Hoosiers for his career.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

So Close

Purdue followed up their impressive home thrashing of Michigan State with a valiant effort on the road in nearly upsetting the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. In a game where Purdue wasn't given much of a chance as 12 point underdogs, the Boilers gave Ohio State all they could handle and then some.

At one point late in the second half, Purdue actually led and looked to be on their way to what would have been the biggest upset in college basketball thus far this season. With just under 8 minutes to play, a David Teague three pointer capped a 8-0 run and put the Boilers up 51-46. From there, it was all downhill for the Boilers. After being benched due to foul trouble, Greg Oden came back into the game and sparked a 17-5 run that put the game away. Teague led the Boilers with 17 points and Landry chipped in with 13 points and 9 rebounds, but it was Tarrance Crump who was the player of the game for the Boilers. Crump did an amazing job creating his own shots late in the second half scoring several key baskets that kept the Boilers in the game.

This road loss is certainly a moral victory for Matt Painter's Boilers. They have come a long way since getting blown out in Terre Haute earlier this season, at a time when it looked as though Purdue would never be competitive on the road. Since then, they have gotten that elusive Big Ten road victory and also played #2 Wisconsin and #3 Ohio State very tough on their home floors. Purdue now sits at 16-9 (5-6 in the Big Ten), and still has plenty of opportunities left to reach their goal of 20 wins. Purdue's RPI is currently at #38, good for 4th in the Big Ten. Up next for Purdue is Indiana on Wednesday night at Mackey Arena, a game in which the Boilers are no doubt looking for some sweet revenge.

Purdue Finally Wins Road Game

Purdue beat Penn State today at University Park to end its road losing streak of 29 games. The 69-59 win over the Lions in front of an announced crowd of 9,151 (can you say neutral site?) in the Bryce Jordan Center marked the Boilermakers' first road win since Feb. 21, 2004, when Gene Keady's Boilermakers beat Minnesota 65-47 in Williams Arena. Melvin Buckley was the leading scorer in that game, remember him?

After being up only 5 at half, the Boilers broke it open in the second half behind stellar play from Carl Landry and a stifling defense. Despite his muscles, tattoos, and chest pounding, Jemalle Cornley (2005 Big Ten freshman of the year) couldn't do a damn thing on defense to slow Landry, who finished with 26 points. The play of the game came with Purdue up only 6 with 5 minutes to go in the second half. As the Lions were looking to cut it to a 4 point game, Chris Kramer had other ides as he stole the ball and was fouled intentionally on the other end. A nice 6 point swing.

This win not only gets the road win monkey off Purdue's back, but also bolsters its NCAA tournament resume. Anytime you can get a conference win on the road, it will certainly help your case come March. Speaking of NCAA tournament resumes, Purdue's non conference wins are starting to look more and more impressive as the season wears on. Virginia upset Duke this week and now sits at the top of the ACC at 6-2.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Purdue Stays Perfect At Home

If only Purdue never had to leave the friendly confines of Mackey Arena. After a disappointing loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last weekend, Purdue gladly returned to West Lafayette to face Bruce Weber's Illini.

Purdue defeated the Fighting Illini 64-47 in wire to wire dominating fashion. Feeding off the energy of the home crowd and a sold out Mackey, Purdue jumped out to a 24-4 lead and never looked back. Illinois got within 10 at one point in the second half, but then David Teague took over and carried the Boilers to a 17 point win.

Teague poured in 28 points on 10-17 shooting and also grabbed 9 boards. His 28 points was a career high and he no doubt enjoyed that his performance was against the coach (Bruce Weber) that nearly recruited him to Southern Illinois. Landry chipped in with 17 points and Chris Kramer added an emphatic dunk at the end of the game for good measure.

It is maddening how different this team is at home compared to on the road. The prime example is how Purdue defeated Michigan 67-53 at Mackey Arena, and then a mere 5 days later lost 71-55 to the very same team at Crisler Arena. Purdue now sits at 14-7 (3-4 in the Big Ten) and will look to stay undefeated at Keady Court when they host the Ohio State Buckeyes Wednesday night.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Boilers Blown Out At Assembly Hall

Matt Painter's Boilers were blown out last night by the Hoosiers of Indiana 85-58 and it wasn't even competitive. Stats here and pics here. Purdue was down 34-22 at half and it got much uglier in the second half as they were down by 30 at one point. It was Purdue's most lopsided loss to the Hoosiers since a 106-65 beat down in Bloomington in 1992, a game Matt Painter played in for the Boilers.

After such a promising start to the season where Purdue beat Oklahoma and DePaul in Maui and was on the brink of cracking the top 25 after beating previously unbeaten Missouri, it appears as though Purdue is going backwards. They are having scary problems with perimeter defense as Purdue's last three opponents are shooting 60 percent (18-of-30) from beyond the arc. The biggest thing missing from last night's effort was hustle on defense, an area that is most important to Matt Painter and essential for his undersized team to be successful.

An emerging storyline from last night's rivalry game is the apparent bad blood developing between Coach Painter and Coach Sampson. IU's Earl Calloway apparently had some words for Painter after knocking down a three, and Painter told him to stick it up his crimson and cream ass. Also, the handshake between Painter and Sampson at the end of the game wasn't the most cozy encounter. Coach Painter, who is very close with Illinois coach Bruce Weber, no doubt feels the same way as the rest of the Big Ten coaches about Sampson and the way he handled the Eric Gordon situation. Let's just say that it will be very interesting to see what happens in Mackey Arena on Valentine's Day.