Purdue University Boilermakers' head coach Painter yells at an official during NCAA tournament in Omaha

Purdue opens Italy trip with an emphatic 80-38 win over All Star Italy

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With Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith all moving on, this is a good summer for the Purdue Boilermakers to embark on an off-season trip.

The opportunities afforded head coach Matt Painter and his team, be it the extra practices, games or team bonding time, are things the Boilermakers hope pay off with another NCAA tournament appearance.

Purdue played the first of four games during their trip to Italy on Thursday, and it’s safe to say that they’re off to a good start.

Freshman guard Raphael Davis led Purdue with 15 points and redshirt freshman forward Donnie Hale posted a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) as the Boilermakers whipped All Star Italy 80-38 in Rome.

Purdue was balanced offensively, with Davis and Hale being the lone double-figure scorers with four other players scoring either eight (D.J. Byrd, Anthony Johnson and Sandy Marcius, who grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds) or nine points (Terone Johnson).

Byrd and Terone Johnson were also two of the three Purdue players to tally three assists, and as a team Purdue shot 49% from the field and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Freshman big man A.J. Hammons led the way with six rebounds, and a 14-1 run after the game got off to a 9-9 start removed any doubt.

While the results of these games are important (they wouldn’t keep score if the results weren’t), trips like this one are more about role definition and team chemistry.

According to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers the Boilermakers ranked eighth nationally in offensive efficiency (116.7) and first in turnover percentage, as they handed the ball over on just 13.6% of their possessions.

But that was with the aforementioned experienced hands leading the way.

Byrd and Terone Johnson are the two returnees with the highest possession percentages according to Pomeroy’s numbers, but they’re unlikely to be offensive weapons that Purdue makes the focal point of their attack.

For that reason, the play of Davis and Hale during this trip is something that Purdue fans should keep an eye on from an offensive standpoint.

Defensively the Boilermakers sat in the bottom half of the Big Ten in most major statistical categories, so while the level of competition in their Italy opener may be questioned they’re at least off to a good start there.

Next up for Purdue is a game against Atletas Kaunas, which will be played on Sunday in Montecatini.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.