Only winning the conference tournament will save us now is the mindset for many programs heading into the final weekend of the regular season. After losing a must-win game, the Purdue Boilermakers are resigned to the fact that only a miraculous run through several heavyweights will save the season. Purdue has a 10-3 non-conference record this season, but has struggled throughout conference play, going just 5-11 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have been in most games this season, but have failed to close leaving the team in a bad predicament.
A win against the ninth ranked Wisconsin Badgers would have gone a long way in increasing the Boilermakers’ tournament resume, but the team’s second half surge just fell short, as the team lost 76-70 at the Kohl Center in Madison. A.J. Hammons‘ 11 point, 11 rebound performance proved not to be enough for the Boilermakers, as the team’s Big Ten record takes another hit. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky sunk the Boilermakers’ postseason hopes, as he scored 22 points on 11 field goal attempts.
If the Boilermakers get hot in the conference tournament like many others in the past, the team has a chance of making a march into the NCAA tournament, but the run of all runs will have to go through several goliaths. Purdue has the players to make a run at a Big Ten tournament title, but just how much steam is left in the engine for the Boilermakers?
Purdue’s energy has been depleted this season, as the wind was let out of their sails in conference play, making a tournament run highly unlikely.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.