College basketball: Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan the biggest thing going in Big Ten

On the first day of 2017, Caleb Swanigan was exhausted after his 28-point, 22-rebound effort wasn’t enough in Purdue’s overtime loss to Minnesota in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Gophers coach Richard Pitino joked after the game he actually thought his big men did a decent job on Swanigan, and the talented sophomore still had his fourth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season.

The rest of the Big Ten hasn’t been as amused trying to slow down Swanigan, who is the frontrunner for conference player of the year honors and at the top of the national discussion, too.

His story isn’t just about him being a former McDonald’s All-America who returned to school this season to try to lead the…

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