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Hoops Ticker: Purdue basketball's 2017-18 season

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Purdue enters NCAA Tournament ranked 11th

Purdue fell one spot in the AP poll to end the season, falling from 10 to 11 this week.

Purdue finishes regular season eighth in AP poll

After three wins to close its regular season, Purdue came in at No. 8 in the Associated Press top 25 this week.

Link: Full rankings

Carsen Edwards earns national acclaim

After scoring 40 at Illinois and finishing with 18 and seven assists vs. Minnesota, Carsen Edwards was named NCAA.com's national player-of-the-week.

After consecutive losses, Purdue drops to No. 6

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Following narrow losses to Ohio State and Michigan State, snapping a 19-game winning streak prior, Purdue fell from 3 to 6 in the week's Associated Press poll, with the Spartans now second and Buckeyes eighth.

Link: Full rankings

Sunday, though, Purdue was announced as a No. 1 seed during the NCAA's early top-16 bracket projection.

Edwards and Edwards named to top-20 list for the Wooden Award


Purdue's Vincent Edwards and Carsen Edwards have each been named to the late-season top-20 list for the Wooden Award for National Player-of-the-Year, it was announced Monday.

Vincent Edwards, a senior forward, is scoring 15.5 points per game and leading 23-2 Purdue in rebounding at 7.8 and averaging better than three assists per game, as well as being one of the Big Ten's top three-point shooters, though a recent illness has taken a toll on his perimeter shooting.

Carsen Edwards, a sophomore guard, is Purdue's leading scorer at 16.6 points per game, shooting 47 percent from the floor and nearly 40 percent from three-point range.

More: Wooden Award

Vincent Edwards makes it two Big Ten awards in as many weeks for Purdue


After scoring 30 points vs. Michigan and 19 on the road at Indiana, Purdue's Vincent Edwards has Purdue's second Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor in as many weeks. Carsen Edwards earned a share of it the week prior.

Isaac Haas, who scored 24 and 26 in two games this week, respectively, presumably just missed on his second weekly honor of the season. He previously won it in early December.

Still third

After Villanova and Virginia each held serve this week, Purdue remains No. 3 in both the AP and coaches polls.

Full polls: AP | Coaches

Carsen Edwards named co-Big Ten Player-of-the-Week


Carsen Edwards has been named co-Big Ten Player-of-the-Week, sharing the honor with Nebraska's James Palmer.

In wins over Wisconsin and Iowa, the sophomore scored 21 points with five steals against the Badgers, then 22 with eight assists and no turnovers vs. the Hawkeyes.

For the week, he shot 55 percent from the floor and 64 percent from three-point range.

This was Purdue's first weekly honor of the Big Ten season, its second of the season, the first going to Isaac Haas in early December.

Purdue holds at No. 3 in latest AP poll

Coming off one-sided wins against struggling Wisconsin and Iowa, Purdue held at No. 3 in this week's AP poll and it rides a 15-game winning streak. Villanova and Virginia remain 1 and 2, respectively.

Purdue also remained at the No. 3 in the coaches poll.

Purdue moves up to No. 3 in the AP poll

Riding a 13-game winning streak, Purdue is now No. 3 in the AP poll following wins at Michigan and Minnesota.

It's Purdue's highest ranking since it peaked at No. 2 in '87-88.

Additionally, the Boilermakers' road win at Michigan looks that much better after Michigan debuts this week at No. 23 after a road win at Michigan State. And fellow 6-0 Big Ten team Ohio State debuts as well at 22.

Michigan State, which was briefly No. 1, fell to ninth.

Full rankings

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Purdue's 11-game winning streak, string of top-10 losses moves Boilermakers into top five

After a wild weekend of college basketball losses among top-10 teams, Purdue's ridden its 11-game winning streak and 4-0 Big Ten start to a top-five ranking, coming in tied with Wichita State for fifth nationally in this week's Associated Press poll.

It's Purdue's highest AP ranking since late February of 2010, when the Boilermakers peaked at No. 4.

More: Full rankings

Boilermakers up to 13th in AP poll, Michigan State to No. 1

Riding a nine-game winning streak into the resumption of Big Ten play, Purdue's No. 13 in the newest AP poll.

Purdue moves up one spot in AP poll

Riding a six-game winning streak, Purdue has moved up to 16th in this week's AP poll.

Full rankings

Purdue moves up to No. 17 in the AP poll

Coming off a six-game winning streak and following losses by a bunch of top-25 teams this week, Purdue has again cracked the top 20, checking in at 17 in this week's AP poll.

Dakota Mathias on Valparaiso, 'edge' and more

Haas' career-tying day earns Big Ten weekly honor

Isaac Haas tied his career high with 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 10 of 13 from the line against Northwestern Sunday, and that performance helped him cap a good week: Good enough to take the Big Ten's Player-of-the-Week honor.

Haas, the 7-foot-2 senior, had 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting in Purdue's victory over Maryland earlier in the week. He struggled against Louisville on Nov. 28, with only nine points and four rebounds, but the Big Ten bounceback games pushed his weekly averages to 18.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

Purdue back into top 25 after week break

Three victories in one week, including one over ranked Louisville, helped launch Purdue back into the top 25, landing at No. 21.

The Boilermakers had fallen out of the poll after losing their first two games in the Bahamas, though they rebounded in that tournament to beat top-5 Arizona.

Purdue followed up its victory over Louisville Tuesday with a road win at Maryland Friday and a down-the-last-second win over Northwestern Sunday to move to 2-0 in Big Ten play. Conference play resumes in January.

Edwards and Edwards on Louisville, Atlantis and more

Here's Purdue's Vincent Edwards and Carsen Edwards discussing Purdue's Big Ten/ACC Challenge meeting with No. 17 Louisville and more.

Click here to say what Matt Painter had to say.

Purdue falls out of the AP poll

Following losses to Tennessee and Western Kentucky at the Battle 4 Atlantis, Purdue fell out of this week's Associated Press top 25, ending a streak of 41 consecutive weeks included in the poll.

Boilermakers move up to No. 18 in AP poll, 16th in coaches poll

After a 4-0 start, Purdue heads to Atlantis ranked No. 18 in this week's AP poll, up one spot.

Of note: Potential Battle 4 Atlantis opponents Villanova and Arizona are fifth and second, respectively.

Here is the full top 25.

Additionally, Purdue moved up five spots in this week's coaches' poll.

Full rankings

Purdue's P.J. Thompson and Vincent Edwards on offense, rebounding, more

Here are video interviews with Purdue seniors P.J. Thompson and Vincent Edwards in which Thompson discusses the Boilermakers' hot offensive start and more, while Edwards talks about offense, his rebounding, foul trouble and more.

Purdue's place in 2018 Charleston Classic formally announced

It was alreeady publicly known that Purdue would be part of next season's Gildan Charleston Classic field, but the particulars for the South Carolina-based event was announced Thursday.

Purdue will join Alabama, Virginia Tech, Wichita State, Appalachian State, Ball State, Davidson and Northeastern.

The Boilermakers, which will have lost four seniors, will be in action in Charleston from Nov. 15-18.

Purdue in the polls

After routing SIU-Edwardsville and Chicago State to open the season, Purdue has moved up from No. 20 to 19 in the AP poll

Vincent Edwards and PJ Thompson on Purdue's scrimmage vs. West Virginia

Video interviews with Purdue's Vincent Edwards and P.J. Thompson from Thursday, the day before Purdue's season-opener vs. SIU-Edwardsville.

Vincent Edwards honored


After already being named first-team preseason All-Big Ten, Purdue's Vincent Edwards was named Thursday to the 50-man watch list for the Naismith Trophy, for national player-of-the-year.

Here's the full release with the complete list of honorees.

Purdue signs (most of) its recruiting class


On Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period, Purdue signed guard Eric Hunter and big men Emmanuel Dowuona and Trevion Williams.

It continues to wait on point guard Tyger Campbell.

The Boilermakers can sign up to five, as of now.

Coverage: Info | Eric Hunter video

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With the season so comes the NCAA Tournament projections.

CBS' Jerry Palm has the Boilermakers opening in Pittsbburgh as a 3 seed.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Purdue pegged as a 4 seed to open NCAA play in Boise.

Purdue puts three players on top-50 list


In ESPN's estimation, Purdue has three of the top 50 players in college basketball.

According to its rankings, released Monday, seniors Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas come in at Nos. 38 and 42, respectively, with sophomore Carsen Edwards at 48.

View the full rankings here.

Purdue handles West Virginia in private scrimmage

In Sunday's closed scrimmage in Columbus with No. 11 West Virginia, Purdue won handily, by double-figures, after leading by as many as 17.

Vincent Edwards and Carsen Edwards scored 17 each, leading five double-digit scorers.

Details here ($).

Multiple players on the redshirt radar

Matt Painter suggesting he's considering multiple players for redshirting.

Of Purdue's five newcomers, two — guard Nojel Eastern and center Matt Haarms — seem locked into the rotation. Otherwise, Sasha Stefanovic (who said it's a possibility for him), Aaron Wheeler and Eden Ewing (a junior college transfer) might face numbers crunches at their position.

"We'll wait through the scrimmage," Painter said, "but there's a couple guys. We haven't done anything final.

"You shouldn't get the information before their parents."

Jacquil Taylor: Maybe next week

After his team's win over Carroll College, Matt Painter said sidelined big man Jacquil Taylor is nearing a return following positive CT scan results.

"Hopefully he'll be ready to go next week," Painter said. "That's what we're hoping for in terms of practicing.

"We'll scrimmage (West Virginia) on Sunday and he won't play in that, then we'll take Monday off, but we're hoping he'll do something on Tuesday. That's not final. We still have to wait and see, but that's our (hope)."

Purdue opens season No. 20 in the AP poll

In the first Associated Press top 25 of the season, reigning Big Ten champion Purdue checks in at No. 20.

The Boilermakers, who finished last season 15th, were previously ranked No. 21 in the coaches poll.

Purdue fourth in ESPN BPI metric

In ESPN's initial Basketball Power Index ratings, released Wednesday, Purdue ranks fourth nationally behind Wichita State, Villanova and Kansas, respectively.

See the full rankings here.

Redshirt seems likely for Purdue freshman

As has been widely expected, it seems as if Boilermaker freshman guard Sasha Stefanovic is bound to redshirt this season due to depth at his position.

"It's definitely a conversation Coach Painter and I have had, about a redshirt," Stefanovic said, "and it's looking like a possibility. But anything can happen and he even said that, too. You have to go in every day and work hard and whatever happens, happens."

Read more on Stefanovic and Purdue's other newcomers here.

Jacquil Taylor still waiting

Purdue big man Jacquil Taylor said prior to Tuesday afternoon's practice that he'd not yet received CT scan results which would determine whether or not he'll resume practices.

Taylor sat out October after doctors opted to treat him carefully due to concerns over how his surgically repaired ankle is healing, even though he played — and played well — at the World University Games.

SI.com puts Purdue No. 17

By Sports Illustrated's formula, Purdue rates as the No. 17 team nationally heading into this season, according to its recent ranking of every team in DI, from 1 to 351.

SI also ranked teams by offense and defense. The Boilermakers came in 26th and 16th, respectively.