The 2017-18 basketball season has been an exhilarating one for Purdue fans. After recovering from a nasty loss at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thanksgiving Day, the Boilermakers have been on a 13-game winning streak, and the polls suggest this streak just may lead to a championship title.
After Saturday’s electric 81-47 victory against Minnesota, the Boilermakers now rank No. 2 on the KenPom leaderboard and No. 3 in the latest AP Poll. These ratings completely blow last year’s ratings out of the water. At this time last year, Purdue ranked No. 19 on KenPom and No. 17 on the AP Poll. Purdue has jumped 17 and 14 places respectively, which is practically unheard of!
But with these high rankings comes an urgency.
Basketball fans have put a hulking amount of pressure on the team, especially on seniors Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Isaac Haas, and Vincent Edwards, to continue winning. With every win, the Boilermakers’ claim for the throne garners more and more attention.
A championship win wouldn’t be completely unheard-of for Purdue, though. The Boilermakers have actually claimed this title once before, back in 2009. If you ask me, a Big Ten championship is long overdue, and if you consider the numbers and the team’s fluid rapport, this is the perfect group of players to bring that title home.