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Mike Botkin

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The Naysayer on Purdue’s Past and Present

The Naysayer takes a historical look at this year’s Purdue basketball team.

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The Naysayer on Darrell Hazell

But for Head Coach Darrell Hazell personally, the win was even sweeter and I can truly empathize.

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The Naysayer on Purdue without Caleb Swanigan

Caleb Swanigan’s case is in NCAA’s hands, but the Naysayer says that Purdue’s season does not weigh in the balance.

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The Naysayer: Happy Chair-tossing 30th Anniversary, Bob Knight!

Once he wasn’t coaching against Purdue anymore, my stance against Knight softened.

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The Naysayer: Here’s How IU Can Beat Purdue Tonight

Our resident Boiler booster has his broom ready for tonight’s Purdue-IU rematch.

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The Naysayer: Purdue’s Trip Down Memory Pain

Two legendary Purdue basketball players and two misses add up to a lifetime of heartache.

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The Naysayer: Not a Big(s) Problem at Purdue

A little goes a long way with Purdue’s big men.

Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell has found his shot, but will the rival Boilermakers get theirs tonight?
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The Naysayer Is Back—But Are the Boilers?

Finally, an IU-Purdue game worth watching.

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50 Years Later: Where Were You When We Lost JFK?

The excitement of Thanksgiving was quelled. Later, at church, we all prayed a little harder.

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The Naysayer: IU Falls Short (No Pun Intended)

Mike Botkin is a lifelong Purdue Boilermakers fan. He has been offering the dissenting opinion on the IU hoopla all season.

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The Naysayer: IU Is Headed the Wrong Way

Just two short weeks ago, Indiana was even with the likes of Duke, Miami, and Kansas on the list of teams most likely to win this year’s NCAA title. Not anymore.

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The Naysayer: Minnesota Beats Up On IU's Soft Front Court

Well, Hoosier fans, how does it feel to get slapped around a little bit? Last night’s game was not for the fainthearted. Just ask Cody Zeller, who spent a good portion of the game picking himself up off the floor.

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The Naysayer: IU Will Struggle at Purdue

Fans seem to think that the game at Purdue on Wednesday will be an easy feast, and I can see why that might be—after all, Purdue is barely above .500. IU has lost just twice and now is finding ways to win with minimal point production from Cody Zeller.

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The Naysayer: An Ugly Home Loss for IU

The winner of the Big Ten will be a team like the Badgers who can score road wins and protect their own house. The problem is that by the end of the year, the highest ranked Big Ten team may not even be in the top 10.

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The Naysayer: Expect More Losses for IU

Even Indiana fans must have known this day was coming. Rarely do teams run the gauntlet of a season without losing. But judging by the way Jordan Hulls angrily wrenched away from a teammate offering to console him following his failed (wide left) last shot in Butler’s upset of Indiana Saturday, I believe that Hoosier thought his team was going to win every game.

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