For the first time in four years Purdue can take home the Crimson & Gold Cup as the spring sports will decide the annual in-state competition between Indiana and Purdue. There are six events remaining between the schools, with the next one being today as Purdue and Indiana face off in Men's Tennis. Purdue and Indiana each have seven points so far:
Since Purdue and Indiana played each other twice in women's volleyball each match was worth half a point. Purdue swept both matched with the Hoosier, the first on October 22 and second on November 27, giving the Boilermakers a full point. Purdue also retained possession of the Monon Spike, which is the volleyball traveling trophy.
Purdue does not have a varsity men's soccer program, so the women's game is what decides a point in soccer, with a tie meaning a half point to each school. Purdue led the match 1-0 at halftime, but Rebecca Candler scored in the 69th minute and Monica Melink in the 81st minute to give the win (and the Golden Boot) to Indiana. It was part of an 8-10-1 season for Purdue.
Men's Cross Country
The point is decided by the team that finishes higher at the Big Ten meet, and lately Indiana had has had a huge edge in the running sports of cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. Purdue was one of the worst in the Big Ten in all three for both genders last season. Things got better this year, as Purdue had an All-American in Matthew McClintock, who finished second in the Big Ten meet and helped Purdue to a Sixth place finish, which was its best in 22 years. Unfortunately, Indiana was the men's Big Ten champion, so they got the point.
Women's Cross Country
Purdue improved to eighth place in the conference, its best finish since 2007, but Indiana finished 6th to get the women's cross country point.
The less said about this, the better. We're all well aware that our Bucket is in exile in Bloomington and Indiana won by 20, their largest margin of victory since winning 52-7 in 1988. Let's move on.
Like on the men's side, the Big Ten had Indiana and Purdue only play once this year, and weather delayed it at that. Indiana had started the season by climbing into the top 25 with an undefeated non-conference season, but Purdue rolled on January 17 to an easy 86-53 win to secure the second Boilermaker point in the standings.
Men's Indoor Track
Purdue stole a point here, as the Boilers got 61 points at the Big Ten meet largely behind the 60-meter and 200-meter championships by Raheem Mostert. That was good enough for a fifth place team finish and the point in this sport as Indiana finished ninth. Purdue finished 10th in the conference last season.
Women's Indoor Track
Purdue scored 53 points as a team at the event to also finish fifth on the women's side and gained a point thanks to Indiana finishing ninth again. Last year Purdue finished ninth on the women's side.
Women's Swimming and Diving
In a close dual meet Indiana took the point 154.5-135.5 in Bloomington.
This was another close dual meet, but Purdue edged Indiana 18-16 for the point in the Cup standings. It is the fourth straight season Purdue has beaten Indiana in wrestling.
Men's Swimming and Diving
This was a dual meet in Bloomington on February 8 and Indiana cruised to a 186-114 victory.
Thanks to Sterling Carter, the 82-64 win over the Hoosiers broke a four-game losing streak in the series and was probably the lone positive in a last place season for the men's team. It is also the last time the men's team won this year.
Purdue was the higher ranked team, sitting at No. 31 nationally vs. Indiana's No. 44, but the Hoosiers won the match 5-2. Purdue was on the losing end of two singles matches that went three sets, while the doubles point was closely contested. This win gave Indiana a brief 7-6 lead in the Cup standings
Purdue entered as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten this weekend and took the first two games of the three-game series with Indiana to tie the Cup standings at 7-7. Purdue is only 20-18-1 overall, but is in second place in the Big Ten at 7-2 behind 9-0 Michigan. Indiana took the third game on Sunday for only their second conference win.
Men's Tennis - April 9
Purdue enters the game on a hot streak at 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten. Purdue has only lost to San Diego, No. 6 Illinois, and No. 7 Baylor in individual matches and is ranked No. 36 nationally. Indiana is ranked 69th. Purdue sits in third place in the Big Ten at 5-1, behind 6-1 Penn State and No. 1 Ohio State at 8-0.
Women's Golf - April 25-27 Big Ten Championships
Like the running events, the point goes to the team that finishes higher in the Big Ten match. Since Purdue regularly makes the NCAA championships Purdue is heavily favored to take this point.
Baseball - May 2-4
Purdue and Indiana meet in baseball in the regular season for the first time since 2011 after taking the last two years off. It should be interesting, as Purdue had its program best season in 2012 while Indiana had a near mirror-image in 2013. The only difference is that Indiana was able to host a regional at home, which it won, then it went on the road and beat Florida State to reach the College World Series. Purdue was just as good on 2012, but couldn't get it done in the NCAAs. This year Indiana is off to an early lead in Big Ten play at 8-1 as they try to repeat as league champs, while Purdue has been competitive against one of the toughest schedules in the nation, but hasn't broken through. On Tuesday Purdue lost to No. 10 Louisville 3-1 in 10 innings at Alexander Field.
The winner of the three-game series gets the point. It will be Purdue's fourth road series against at top 25 team (Tennessee, Rice, and LSU)
Men's Golf - May 2-4
The men's team has been playing well so far, with some decent finishes in early season invitationals. Once again, the school that finishes higher at the Big Ten Championships gets the point.
Outdoor Track & Field - May 16-18
Purdue is the host school for this year's Big Ten men's and women's outdoor championships, so that should help as the final two points will be decided here.