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Despite their only losses to Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Ohio State, the Purdue Boilermakers may finally have a shot at winning the NCAA tournament. As a Purdue fan I believe this has been long overdue. The one and only time Purdue claimed the title “National Champions” it was given to them by the Helms Athletic Foundation back when the National Tournament wasn’t yet created. They have made 29 tournament appearances since the tournament started in 1939. Two of these times, they made it all the way to the Final Four. In 1969 they came up short in the championship game 92-72. But that was the Purdue of old. The Purdue of new seems to have a fighting chance to finally claim the title of NCAA Champions.

 

Growing up with a family full of Purdue fans, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Boilermakers; However, my family does not consist solely of “fans.”  My Grandpa, Uncle, and Dad all played a sport at Purdue. My Grandpa played basketball at Purdue, my dad played on the 1980 team that made it to the Final Four, and my Uncle played on football team that won the 2001 Rose Bowl. Purdue has always been such a huge part of my family history, I can’t help but get excited when they have a real shot at winning the National Championship.

 

When I say that Purdue has a chance to win, I don’t mean that they can just walk in and beat every team easily. No. It’ll be a battle every time they step on the court. If a team makes it to the tournament, it’s because they have earned it. Purdue has their work cut out for them that’s for sure. Purdue is ranked third Nationally among all D1 schools. Villanova, one of the teams that outranks Purdue, has won two more National Championships than the Boilermakers. One of them was in 2016. This means that they’ll be an experienced team coming into the later rounds of the tournament.

 

Although Purdue has only lost three games, they cannot overlook any team that they come across. It’s the teams that think they can easily beat everyone that get upset early. In the past, Purdue has lost to teams that have a lower seed than them due to the fact that they overlooked them. Just last week they beat the Rutgers, a much weaker opponent, by only two points. Hopefully after those instances Purdue has learned their lesson and will not let it happen again.

 

I cannot wait for the tournament to come this March. My entire family will be showing their  Boilermaker pride. Purdue fans have been patiently waiting for a team to claim the title and bring it back to Indiana. I believe this team has all of the tools to do so!

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Lewis Cass High School, Walton, Indiana,
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