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Purdue Sports news, notes, and links for March 5th.

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After going 1-4 the previous week, the Purdue softball team had a perfect 5-0 weekend at the CentruyLink Classic in Texas. The Boilers beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-0 and 7-0, Texas State 4-3 (in 8 innings) and 7-2, and North Texas 6-2. The five wins move Purdue over .500 to 11-9 before they go to No. 20 Baylor for three games this weekend. The record isn't great, but Purdue has played a tough schedule, splitting with Tulsa in the current top 25 while losing to LSU, Arizona, Nebraska, and Texas A&M (twice).

Here are some more links for the day.

Breaking Down Some Big Ten Tournament Scenarios - Black Heart Gold Pants
Looking ahead at some scenarios for the Big Ten Tournament with a week to play.

Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan State Still Ahead of Michigan, Despite Loss - Bucky's 5th Quarter
The Spartans' February blowout over the Wolverines cannot be forgotten, and it also keeps the top five steady entering the last week of conference play.

Big Ten Baseball Weekly Review - 2013 Week Three - Corn Nation
Indiana continues to prove they're the cream of the Big Ten crop with another undefeated weekend. Illinois had a good week, as did Nebraska. (I apologize for how meek this is this week... been...

The Never-Made-The-Tourney Club rides again: 2013 primer - Sippin' On Purple
With March Madness around the corner, it's time for Sippin' on Purple's annual look at the teams - besides Northwestern - never to have gone dancing.

No. 4 Michigan 58, No. 9 Michigan State 57: Victory Lap - Maize n Brew
The Wolverines staved off a late MSU rally to grab its 11th Big Ten win of the season, moving to 24-5 (11-5). A pair of Trey Burke steals late pushed Michigan to victory against their in-state rival, providing a much-needed jolt of confidence.

Cowboys franchise Anthony Spencer | ProFootballTalk
After thinking it over until the last day, the Cowboys have made their decision: They're placing the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer. Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, wrote on Twitter that the team confirmed Spencer will get the tag.

Boiled Sports: With Bollman Out, aOSU fans Happy...for US?
Losing Jim Bollman is a blessing for Purdue, apparently.

No. 25 Purdue Tops Illinois, 76-65 - PURDUESPORTS.COM - Purdue Official Athletic Site
The Lady Boilers win on their own Senior Day.

Purdue 69, Wisconsin 56: Badgers Disappoint in Crushing Senior Day Loss - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Wisconsin's hopes at even a shared Big Ten championship now hang by a thread following a crushing loss against Purdue. Ice-cold shooting killed the Badgers, as the club hit just six of 28 three-point shots and missed its final 17 attempts.

Dennis Rodman explains visit to North Korea, requests that we 'not hate him' - SBNation.com
Dennis Rodman discussed his trip to North Korea with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and reiterated that Kim Jong Un is a 'great guy.' He also said he plans to go back to North Korea to 'see more of what's going on.'

Purdue's Josh Johnson prevails over childhood burns to broach NFL
There was a scalding, boiling sensation all over his body. His skin sizzled. From there, Josh Johnson's memory is hazy. He was 5 years old, in a van, speeding to the hospital.