February 15, 2008

IU Overshadows Purdue

IU's problems are overshadowing Boilermakers

There's a terrific story being scripted in that basketball crazy state of Indiana. Think of it as updated version of Hoosiers, with this storyline focused on a present day college team rather than an overachieving bunch from a small town high school.

There's only one problem. This feel good story of Purdue is about to be overshadowed by the real Indiana Hoosiers, their rule breaking coach, and the NCAA committee on infractions.

"The Mackey Magic is back," Purdue sophomore guard Chris Kramer said after that one.

Indeed it is. The arena that used to rock every time Keady would boil over and throw his jacket was really pulsing Monday night. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he hadn't seen Mackey that way since the early 1990s. They are cheering for guys like Kramer, and freshman Robbie Hummel and freshman E'Twaun Moore — new guys who have injected new life into the Boilermakers. And these freshmen might even come back for another year or more.

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