The first day after the end of basketball season is always the toughest, but it also means some time for much needed rest for me. To start the day off, here is a mess of Boilermakings links. I also have an article in mind for later today regarding last night's Handsome Hour and the loyalty of Purdue fans. Until then, here are your links:
Introducing the Sustainable 16: America's Top Universities and Colleges in Environmental Studies - MarketWatch
Purdue is high on the list of most sustainable universities.
ESPN - Tournament Challenge - ESPN's NCAA Men's Bracket Game - Group
The H&R group at ESPN
College Basketball Tournament Pick'em - Yahoo! Sports
Your H&R Tournament Challenge on Yahoo.
No D-League For Celtics Rookies - CelticsBlog
It is a shame that guys like E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson have to sit the bench and travel with the team and still get precious little practice time because there's no time to practice.
B1G FINANCES REVEALED - Every Day Should Be Saturday
A look at the finances of the Big Ten.
Iowa goes on the Oregon Trail - Black Heart Gold Pants
Iowa goes on the Oregon Trail, loses Devon Archie to dysentery.
2011-12 Purdue Basketball Season In Review - SB Nation Indiana
By recent standards, a 22-win season with a win in the NCAA Tournament was a down year, yet the Boilermakers were within a possession of this year's Sweet 16 or more.
USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll – USATODAY.com
Finally, Purdue did crack the fourth top 25 poll, the USA Today Coaches Poll, at No. 24. Their first home opponent is No. 22 Louisville with a series to come at No. 12 UCLA.
PG Top 50: Happy in Kentucky | Perfect Game USA
Perfect Game also gives Purdue its highest ranking at No. 20
RPI analysis: Purdue looking pretty | Perfect Game USA
Perfect Game breaks down Purdue's RPI, which is an extremely solid 8 with so many true road wins already.
NCAA DIV I POLL - Current - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Purdue is up to No. 24 in this poll
BaseballAmerica.com: College: Top 25 Rankings: College Top 25: March 19
Purdue is ranked No. 25 in this week's Baseball America poll, down one spot after a 3-2 week last week.
Twenty vital observations about the NCAA tournament's first weekend, including Lehigh upsetting Duke, the end of the Robbie Hummel era at Purdue and more - Grantland
From Lehigh upsetting Duke to the end of the Robbie Hummel era at Purdue, and much, much more.
Running out a lead - The Only Colors
Looking at the implications of trying to run out the clock with a narrow lead late in a college basketball game.
Kansas Basketball: A (Semi) Statistical Recap of Purdue - Rock Chalk Talk
The SB Nation Kansas site has a very respectful breakdown of the Kansas game.
South Carolina Lady Gamecocks Convincingly Beat Purdue Boilermakers; Stanford Awaits - Garnet And Black Attack
SB Nation's South Carolina blog has a solid recap of last night's women's loss.