Up next for Purdue are games are against 2 of the 3 worst teams in the Big Ten in RPI #177 Minnesota and RPI #167 Northwestern. With Painter's Boilers hungry for the postseason, one would think there's no way Purdue can drop either of these games at Mackey Arena where they are 14-1 this season.
Working in their favor are some strong non-conference wins and some convincing wins against other middle-of-the-pack Big Ten teams. In the non-conference, Purdue knocked off RPI #60 DePaul, #38 Virginia, and #75 Missouri. In league play, Purdue throttled RPI #21 Michigan State by 24, #23 Indiana by 13, #31 Illinois by 17, and #54 Michigan by 14. At this point it would seem the Boilers are guaranteed a tournament bid if they can close out the season with 2 wins to finish at 20-10 (9-7).
In other conference action today, Ohio State knocked off the Wisconsin Badgers 49-48 to claim their second Big Ten regular season title in a row.