Back in mid April Purdue was 15-15 after an 18-8 home loss to Minnesota. Its RPI was well over 100 and the NCAA tournament was a pipe dream.
Since then Purdue ripped off a stunning 22-4 stretch. That was enough for a runner up finish in the Big Ten regular season and tournament. The Boilers also rose to a final RPI of 31. The 37-19 record tied for the second most wins in any season in school history.
That all paid off with the third NCAA Tournament berth in program history. Purdue is the 2 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional and will play Houston Friday afternoon at 2pm, and all games are available via the watch ESPN streaming service. North Carolina is the host and no.6 national seed. They will open with North Carolina A&T.
If Purdue wins the regional it will play the winner of the DeLand Regional between Stetson, South Florida, Oklahoma State, and Hartford. If Stetson wins it, they would host, and Purdue played them down in DeLand in February. If Purdue plays any of the other 3 teams they may host the Super Regional at Alexander Field.
It is great to see that this season has at least 2 more games. Hopefully we can improve on our 1-4 tournament record.