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Boilermakings for 10/25

It's two days before my fall trip to Miami, but I am still working hard behind the scenes. My trip means I won't be able to attend Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago on Thursday, but that doesn't mean it is going uncovered. This site's own Keith Rhoades (a.k.a. BoilermkrHero) is a Chicago native and he's going in my stead. Keith has asked that any reader questions be either left here or directed to his Twitter feed so he can ask them on Thursday. Robbie Hummel, Ryne Smith, and Lewis Jackson will be in attendance for us, so if you have any questions for them, leave them here int he comments or hit Keith up on Twitter at @BoilermkrHero.

Meanwhile, here are some Boilermakings links:

Colts, Pacers, Hoosiers, it's tough time to be Indiana sports fan - Jon Wertheim -
Apparently the state of Indiana is in a sports funk.

Basketball team skeptical of fans' superstition - Purdue Exponent: Sports
Although many Purdue basketball fans cannot help but notice eerie coincidences surrounding Robbie Hummel's ACL injuries, he and the rest of the team are far more skeptical.

2011-2012 College Basketball Preview: Preseason All-American Picks - Busting Brackets - A College Basketball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion, and More
Choosing a preseason All-American team is no easy task. When you think about all the great players in college basketball, narrowing it down to three teams with Robbie Hummel being a third team selection.

Catching up with Robbie Hummel -
Eye on College Basketball - Catching up with Robbie Hummel

Byrd will be Boilers' 'X-factor' - Sports
D.J. Byrd will have to be a player that steps forward for us. | JaJuan Johnson, Purdue practice updates | Purdue Insider blog | The Indianapolis Star
JJ is working out in Indy while Sandi Marcius is impressing in practice.

MAAC should feature a competitive race with Fairfield and Iona - ESPN
Iona looks like a potential trap opponent and we open Puerto Rico with them