INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers may not need to rely exclusively on their dynamic duo to throw scoring punches any longer.
Their new supporting cast trades jabs pretty well, too, and it could make a real difference to their long-term prospects.
With Damian Lillard struggling Monday and C.J. McCollum scoring just 17 points, the Blazers got 17 points from Zach Collins and the first career double-double from former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan to put away the Indiana Pacers 103-93.
Last season: 27-8; lost to Kansas in NCAA Tournament regional semifinals
Coach: Matt Painter.
Conference: Big Ten.
Who's gone: F Caleb Swanigan, F Basil Smotherman, G Spike Albrecht.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The season opener for the Portland Trail Blazers has come with an unexpected twist: The absence of starter CJ McCollum, who is suspended for Wednesday's game at Phoenix.
The suspension was handed down Saturday. McCollum was disciplined for leaving the bench when Portland's Caleb Swanigan and the Suns' Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of a preseason game last Wednesday night — coincidentally in Phoenix.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has handed Portland guard CJ McCollum a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation.
McCollum took several steps onto the floor when Portland's Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix's Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of the teams' preseason game Wednesday night. McCollum did not engage anyone, but leaving the bench area merited the penalty under NBA rules.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have signed first-round draft picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan.
Portland dealt the No. 15 and No. 20 picks to Sacramento for Collins, the No. 10 pick. The 7-footer, who played off the bench in his lone season with Gonzaga, averaged 10 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Gonzaga went 37-2 last season and lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament championship game.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Caleb Swanigan has decided to stay in this year's NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore will become the first Purdue player to leave school early since Glenn Robinson was taken No. 1 overall in 1994.
Swanigan averaged 18.5 points and was second in the nation with 12.5 rebounds last season. The 2015 Indiana Mr. Basketball also led the nation in double-doubles.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue center Isaac Hass has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to school for his senior season.
The announcement comes more than a week before the deadline to opt out.
Haas issued a statement Tuesday saying he learned a lot about what he needs to work on before the end of next season. Coach Matt Painter also issued a statement, saying the Boilermakers were "excited" that the 7-foot-2 Haas was returning.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caleb Swanigan looks and sounds like a different basketball player this May.
He's nearly 11 pounds lighter than the Indiana Pacers' listed him for Monday's draft workout, down almost 15 pounds from his freshman playing weight at Purdue and appears to be in the best shape of his life. He continues to fine-tune his 3-point shooting, but he is still trying to figure out a possible fit in the NBA — and he could return for his junior year with the Boilermakers.
Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American.
The senior guard was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday, receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two national player of the year front-runners, Frank Mason III of Kansas and Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, will lead their teams against each other in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — No. 4 seed Purdue (27-4) vs. No. 1 Kansas (30-4)
Third round, Midwest region; Kansas City, Missouri; 9:39 p.m. EDT.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Iowa State starts four senior guards, and each of them averages in double figures. Purdue might have the most imposing frontcourt in the country.
Big 12 versus Big Ten. A clash of styles in the NCAA Tournament.
Monte Morris and the speedy Cyclones take on Caleb Swanigan and the bruising Boilermakers in the second round Saturday night at the home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. At stake is the Midwest region's first ticket to Kansas City for the Sweet 16.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 4 seed Purdue (26-7) vs. No. 5 seed Iowa State (24-10)
Second round, Midwest Region; Milwaukee; 9:45 p.m. ET.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The drought is over for Purdue. Vincent Edwards and company finished it off with one big push against Vermont.
Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Boilermakers held off the Catamounts 80-70 on Thursday night for their first victory in the NCAA Tournament in five years.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 4 seed Purdue (25-7) vs. No. 13 seed Vermont (29-5)
First round, Midwest region; Milwaukee; 7:27 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: Lots of intriguing matchup possibilities in the frontcourt, led by Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan and Vermont freshman Anthony Lamb. Swanigan might be the best big man in the NCAA Tournament, and Lamb leads the Catamounts with 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
When NBA scouts critiqued Caleb Swanigan's weaknesses last spring, he got right to work.
Swanigan committed himself to workout program that was designed to improve his body, extend his shooting range and become a better all-around player.
It also helped the sophomore power forward became a stronger leader in the locker room, emerge as the runaway choice as Big Ten player of the year and put fourth-seeded Purdue in position to make its deepest NCAA Tournament run since 2010.
Purdue's Caleb Swanigan is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Minnesota's Richard Pitino is its coach of the year.
Swanigan was a unanimous pick for both player of the year and the AP all-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting by 13 journalists covering the conference.
Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges was the choice of all voters for newcomer of the year.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — With a regular-season Big Ten championship already locked up, Purdue wanted to send a few more positive notes to the NCAA Selection Committee.
Vincent Edwards scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and Caleb Swanigan added 20 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 16 Purdue beat Northwestern 69-65 on Sunday.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — No. 16 Purdue celebrated the perfect party on Senior Night.
Players danced around in black-and-gold confetti as the fans sung "We Are the Champions." They climbed ladders and cut down nets. And they did it all by dethroning the defending Big Ten champs.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue leads the Big Ten Conference, thanks to 6-foot-8 power forward Caleb Swanigan and 7-2 center Isaac Haas.
Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds for his 23rd double-double of the season, Haas added 18 points and the No. 16 Boilermakers beat Michigan State 80-63 on Saturday.
The big men combined to make 15 of 23 field goal attempts and 11 of 12 free throws against the Spartans.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — While power forward Caleb Swanigan grabs the majority of the attention with his 22 double-doubles during what has become a special sophomore season, No. 16 Purdue is at its best when 7-foot-2 junior center Isaac Haas is almost as — or more — productive.
Haas had 24 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night, and Swanigan added 12 points and 17 rebounds in the Boilermakers' 74-55 victory over Rutgers.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's Tom Crean was stunned, Purdue's Matt Painter was surprised and fans of both teams were furious after Thursday night's confounding finish.
Now it will go down as yet another memorable chapter in the state's most passionate rivalry.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — What a week it was for Purdue.
After celebrating contrasting victories over two ranked teams, the Boilermakers are poised to make a significant move in the Top 25.
Carsen Edwards made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left, and No. 23 Purdue rallied to beat No. 17 Maryland 73-72 on Saturday and knock the Terrapins out of first place in the Big Ten.
Four days earlier, the Boilermakers blew out No. 25 Northwestern at home.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — When junior forward Vince Edwards rediscovered his shooting touch Wednesday night, it gave No. 23 Purdue a whole new look.
Perhaps the transformation will come in time to make a Big Ten title push.
Edwards scored 17 points and knocked down a season-high five 3-pointers, leading the Boilermakers to an 80-59 rout over No. 25 Northwestern.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Caleb Swanigan was booed when he touched the ball and simply responded with a dominating performance.
Swanigan had 25 points and 17 rebounds, helping No. 20 Purdue pull away to beat Michigan State 84-73 on Tuesday night.
The sophomore standout was unpopular among the Spartans' fans because he committed to play for Tom Izzo before changing his mind and deciding to be a Boilermaker.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.
Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Center Isaac Haas had 24 points and six rebounds, and power forward Caleb Swanigan added 22 points and 10 rebounds in No. 21 Purdue's dominating 91-68 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night.
Haas scored 13 points in the second half when the Boilermakers (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by as many as 27. Swanigan had a four-point first half but was almost unstoppable during the second half, accounting for 18 points and five rebounds.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caleb Swanigan and No. 20 Purdue beat No. 13 Wisconsin at its own game Sunday.
The Boilermakers played better defense, were more efficient on offense and even bested the Badgers above the rim.
Swanigan scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but it was Purdue's disciplined defenders that finally created an obstacle the Badgers couldn't overcome in a 66-55 victory. Wisconsin had won nine straight.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State fought back furiously from a 10-point deficit in the second half against No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night, but a desperate rally came up just short.
Purdue's Caleb Swanigan hit a free throw with 5 seconds left and the Boilermakers held off a final Ohio State rush to win 76-75 in a physical Big Ten contest.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Caleb Swanigan hit a free throw with 5 seconds left and No. 20 Purdue held off an Ohio State comeback to win 76-75 on Thursday night.
Ohio State's Trevor Thompson tied the score at 75 with a layup with 15 seconds left but missed a subsequent free throw. Swanigan was fouled on the other end and hit his first free throw and missed the second. C.J. Jackson grabbed the rebound but his 3-point try at the buzzer was off the mark.
A look at things to watch this week in the Big Ten:
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The primary school of thought when playing No. 15 Purdue is to attempt to contain post players Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas while gambling that the Boilermaker guards won't make enough perimeter shots to produce a victory.
Iowa adhered to that strategy Wednesday night in each team's Big Ten opener, and paid dearly for the risk.
Freshman guard Carsen Edwards scored 19 points and junior guard Dakota Mathias added 17 as Purdue dominated Iowa 89-67.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Freshman guard Carsen Edwards scored 19 points and Dakota Mathias added 17 as No. 15 Purdue dominated Iowa 89-67 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Boilermakers (12-2, 1-0), who also got 16 points from Isaac Haas, 15 from Vince Edwards and 11 points and 10 rebounds from Caleb Swanigan, who recorded his fifth consecutive double-double.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — It's probably Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan's final college season, but for now, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter is enjoying this likely future NBA player.
Swanigan had a career-best 32 points and 20 rebounds — his fourth consecutive double-double — and No. 15 Purdue defeated Norfolk State 91-45 on Wednesday night, the Boilermakers' sixth straight victory.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caleb Swanigan had a career-best 32 points and 20 rebounds — his fourth consecutive double-double — and No. 15 Purdue defeated Norfolk State 91-45 on Wednesday night, the Boilermakers' sixth straight victory.
Swanigan, who is averaging 23 points and 15.3 rebounds during the past four games, had 20 points and 14 rebounds in 17 first-half minutes, when the Boilermakers (11-2) built a commanding 53-25 lead over the Spartans (3-10).
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Isaac Haas enjoys playing alongside Caleb Swanigan on Purdue's imposing front line, and it's easy to see why.
"It's demoralizing for the other team when (Swanigan) is out there doing what he does," the 7-foot-2 Haas said.
Swanigan had 21 points and a career-best 21 rebounds, Haas scored 18 points and the 15th-ranked Boilermakers beat Western Illinois 82-50 on Monday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caleb Swanigan wanted to change Purdue's image. So after losing their first two games against ranked opponents this season, the sophomore forward took matters into his own hands.
Swanigan scored half of his 26 points in the second half to lead No. 15 Purdue past No. 21 Notre Dame 86-81 on Saturday.
"We were tired of losing to good opponents," Swanigan said. "The second half, I knew it was time to win."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caleb Swanigan had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Vincent Edwards finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 15 Purdue escaped with an 86-81 victory over No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday, the Boilermakers' first win in the Crossroads Classic since it began six years ago.
Swanigan's three-point play at the end of a 13-2 run gave the Boilermakers a 70-67 lead with 9:41 to play.