Good morning, everyone! Today starts the long, cold march of summer where news slows down at the site. Fortunately, we have Purdue baseball to keep us company for the next month. After winning yesterday evening I think it is safe to project Purdue as "in" the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years. at 35-9, the probability of losing nine straight to sub-200 RPI teams is unlikely. With three more wins Purdue will establish a new single-season mark for victories, and they should tie it with wins over IPFW on Tuesday and Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday.
Here are your Purdue magic numbers heading into the week:
1 - number of Purdue wins or losses by Nebraska or Illinois to clinch a Big Ten Tournament berth.
5 - number of wins to reach 40, and general safety into the NCAA Tournament field.
3 - number of wins, Indiana losses, or any combination thereof for Purdue to clinch the Big Ten title.
3 - number of wins needed of any kind for a new single-season record.
7 - arbitrary number I came up with for Purdue to clinch regional hosting. Since we're playing so many bad teams to finish there is not a large margin for error.
12 - If Purdue wins its last nine games, plus three straight to win the Big Ten Tournament, we might still snag a National seed.
As for the rest of the Big Ten, the conference is looking like a one-bid league. Nebraska had some chances and is 29-18 overall, but they are only 9-9 in Big Ten play and, as it stands right now, outside the Big Ten Tournament looking in. The RPI is also 82. Michigan State is 29-16, 10-8 in the Big Ten with an RPI of 45, so they are on the fringe. They have not reached the NCAAs in 33 years, so a strong finish and placement in the Big Ten Tourney final might be enough. They have some very nice wins on their resume over No. 3 Baylor and Purdue, but a three game sweep by Texas A&M was a missed opportunity. I think they must finish 8-1 before the Big Ten Tourney and get to 39-40 wins with the BTT to have a chance. Of course, the automatic bid is still there if someone other than Purdue gets it.
In the meantime, here are some Boilermakings links:
The Distiller’s Dozen, May 3rd " College Baseball Today
Purdue's regional discussion is heating up nationally.
The Bruins Take Dos on Cinco De Mayo " College Baseball Today
Eric Sorenson saw both Purdue losses of the UCLA doubleheader, but he did say that hte Boilers should not be written off yet.
Saturday college roundup | Perfect Game USA
More on the UCLA-Purdue series.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Washington Huskies. " College Baseball Today
Purdue gets a mention here for Sunday's big comeback.
BIG TEN CONFERENCE Official Athletic Site - Softball
Purdue dropped two of three at Minnesota, but is still in third place softball-wise. A sweep of Michigan this weekend, plus an Iowa loss, give them the title.
Boilermakers Begin Final Homestand at Lambert Field This Week
Back in the Midwest fresh off a thrilling 10-run ninth inning rally to win the finale of a series at UCLA, Purdue baseball begins the final homestand at Lambert Field Wednesday.
Boilermakers Bash Gophers 12-2 In Series Finale
The Boilermaker bats exploded on the Minnesota softball team for 12 runs on 13 hits in the series finale with the Gophers, which also saw senior Katie Hackney strike out four batters in the winning effort.
Women's Golf No. 11 Seed In NCAA Central Regional
The 33-ranked Boilermakers will begin NCAA Regional action on May 10 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Adam Plutko The Star As UCLA Takes Game One Of Doubleheader - Bruins Nation
Adam Plutko took a perfect game into the sixth as UCLA picked up a key 5-1 win over Purdue.
UCLA Upends Purdue, 3-2, To Sweep Doubleheader - Bruins Nation
UCLA finished off a doubleheader sweep of Purdue with a 3-2 comeback win in LA.
Purdue's 10-Run Ninth Brings Them Back To Beat Shell Shocked UCLA - Bruins Nation
UCLA blew a 10-5 ninth inning lead to Purdue, who scored 10 in the frame to avoid the sweep.
Most indispensable players: Purdue - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
We're back to continue our series looking at the most indispensable players on each Big Ten team. For Purdue, it is Kawann Short and Trevor Foy.
Indiana recruit on comeback trail - chicagotribune.com
Bryson Scott was dominant this weekend in Ft. Wayne.
Purdue recruit gets 'play defense' message - chicagotribune.com
Basil Smotherman gets it. Check that. He sounds like he gets it, and that's half the battle.