Rake’s Take

  • Postseason Postmortem: Purdue (Finally)

    Postseason Postmortem: Purdue (Finally)

    College Basketball, Purdue University, Rake's Take April 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Now that AJ Hammons has finally made a decision on his NBA future, there can now be an accurate assessment as to what next year looks like for Purdue. The short answer is not good, but it could have been so much worse. After going through the review process, Hammons […]

  • After stellar careers at Hamilton Southeastern and Michigan State, Gary Harris is heading to the NBA.

    Gary Harris to be latest Indy-area pro

    College Basketball, Rake's Take April 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    If you saw Gary Harris play hoops during his days at Hamilton Southeastern, one thought immediately came to mind. I’ll see this kid at some point in the NBA. That dream is becoming closer to reality as Harris announced Monday he’ll forgo his final two seasons of eligibility at Michigan […]

  • Indy Eleven debut worth more than a point

    Indy Eleven debut worth more than a point

    Indy Eleven, Rake's Take April 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I know a little bit about soccer. I say that with a slight amount of boasting after the debut game of Indy’s new soccer side. It was my debut as a professional soccer announcer, yet not the first time I’ve been behind the microphone for a soccer match. I’ve had […]

  • Remembering Royce Waltman

    Remembering Royce Waltman

    College Basketball, Rake's Take April 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Writing about the latest game, or transfer, or conference alignment change is really pretty easy when you think about it. Trying to sum up a person’s life, career, and impact is a completely different matter. I learned this morning that a friend passed away. This is a friend that most […]

  • Small town meets Hollywood in Medora documentary

    Small town meets Hollywood in Medora documentary

    Rake's Take April 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    This is officially the time of year where I get to go off the beaten path a bit. You’ll still get my opinion on all things college basketball, and we’ll start to mix in some college football here and there, with spring ball underway and most games taking place next […]

  • Jason Gardner (left) brings his star power and local hoops knowledge to IUPUI bench.

    New coach to go with new home for IUPUI

    College Basketball, Rake's Take April 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

    The coaching silly season for D1 hoops in this state is officially over. Jason Gardner was introduced as just the third head coach in IUPUI’s Division I history, and just the fourth in the program in the last 30 years on Wednesday. The job was the only one in the […]

  • The return of Roosevelt Jones should be a boost to Butler next season. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Postseason postmortem: Butler

    Butler University, College Basketball, Rake's Take April 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    You might be scratching your head on this one. It’s been the postseason now for nearly three weeks for the Bulldogs. Some of that is covering the basketball that was played here in March, whether it was the Big Ten or NCAA tournaments. And during the first two weeks of […]

  • Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate their Midwest Regional win. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    College hoops season goes out with a flourish

    College Basketball, Rake's Take March 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The national roadshow extended the life of the Indiana college basketball season almost until April. Even if we knew for weeks that no local team had a realistic shot in playing in front of a home crowd. Then again, with Louisville and Kentucky heading this way, I’m not sure they […]

  • Jeremy Hollowell was just one of a handful of players to transfer away from IU this week. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    A different kind of madness for Indiana basketball

    The invasion from the state to the south has already begun. I saw my first Kentucky sweatshirt roaming the streets of downtown Indy this morning. A cold chill ran down my spine. There will be thousands more to follow. Then a wave of Cardinal red, too. There’ll be chunks of […]

  • (From L) Louisville's Rick Pitino, Kentucky's John Calipari, Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin and Michigan's  John Beilein bring their teams to Indianapolis for the Midwest Regional. (Photos: Icon SMI)

    Let invasion begin: Cards, Cats headed for Indy

    College Basketball, Rake's Take March 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Every time there’s a winner, there has to be a loser, right? Perhaps you can balance a ledger of winners and losers of those that didn’t make it to Indy against those that did. If you were looking for a Cinderella story, you got shut out. Yes, Tennessee is an […]