At 20-10 (9-7 in the Big Ten), things are looking good for at large bid for the Boilers. They finish the season tied for 4th in the Big Ten, with an RPI of 47. Michigan, Illinois, & Michigan State all losing on Saturday will certainly help their case as well. As mentioned previously, Purdue's nonconference wins over DePaul, Oklahoma, Missouri, & Virginia will likely be the difference. Barring a one and done disaster in the Big Ten tournament, it appears as though Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue, & Michigan State are in prime position to carry the flag for the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament. Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline has Purdue as an eleven seed with Illinois and Michigan on the outside looking in.
Purdue will face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the four versus five matchup in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Friday. The Boilers were blown out in Iowa City earlier this season, and will certainly be looking for some payback. If Purdue gets past Iowa, they will likely get another shot at #1 seed Ohio State.
Whether or not Purdue makes the NCAA Tournament, Carl Landry and David Teague's contributions to this program cannot be understated. I could not have said it better than Bob Kravitz, amazingly enough. Thank you David and Carl, you will be missed.