TL;DR news on Purdue basketball at June 14, 2023

Beard's Little Rock squad knocked off Purdue in the first round in 2016, and he led Texas Tech past the Boilermakers in a 2018 regional semifinal. And just as some college football teams use signboards to signal in plays, a Purdue assistant writes the next offensive set on a handheld whiteboard and flashes it to the players as they head upcourt. Even little old Butler, in Indianapolis, has been to two Final Fours since Purdue last went. Purdue would have faced Michigan State in the semifinals, a team it beat in February, and a potential matchup with Florida in the title game. For as well as Purdue played at the offensive end, they have had some glaring deficiencies when it comes to stopping opponents. Purdue target Flory Bidunga for Kokomo was limited in the second quarter with foul trouble and had to miss the first four minutes of the fourth with four fouls, but he as still a force. If you remember correctly, former Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin transferred to Marquette following last season. There are several ways to listen to the podcast, including the Purdue University website, iTunes, Spotify and a version is available on YouTube and embedded below. Purdue's built to draw fouls, but isn't a particularly good free throw shooting team. Wooden and Naismith awards, becoming Purdue's first national player of year since Wooden won it as a Boilermaker in 1932. He left Purdue as its only player to amass more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 steals, 100 assists and 50 blocked shots in a career despite playing just two seasons. How did a Detroit kid from Pershing High School get away from Fritz Crisler? "There were some Purdue alums in Detroit and I took a visit and liked Purdue," he said. PHOTO COURTESY OF IRV CROSS Irv Cross was an outstanding football and basketball player and track athlete at Hammond High School and was The Times' 1957 Male Athlete of the Year. LeRoy Kirk, who coached LaTroy at West Side, once said, "I saw the same determination in whatever LaTroy got involved in, whether it be basketball or baseball.