9 wins in a row. 2 against a top 10 opponent (Wisconsin). 4 on the road.
Their only Big Ten loss was against a very good Michigan St. team without their best all-around player (Robbie Hummel).
I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for when the rankings come out, but if they're not at least in the top 20, the voters are idiots.
I think there's a very strong case to be made for them as the best team in both the conference and the state. We'll find out over the next three games as they've got MSU in West Lafatette on Tuesday and then head to Bloomington on the 19th. I think that'll be a game for the ages. Chris Kramer guarding Eric Gordon - It doesn't get much better.
If you didn't get to watch the Purdue/Wisconsin game, you missed a great game. Purdue built a good lead and then Wisconsin battled back. There was a great chess match with lineups between Ryan and Painter. There was some very gutty play by Chris Kramer, who managed to score 12 points even though he couldn't shoot from beyond the free throw line due to a sprained wrist on his shooting hand, and Keaton Grant, who was limping all over the court on knees that he'll have surgery on after the season and yet still managed to come up with the steal and breakaway dunk that sealed the game. At one point in the second half, there were 6 players on the floor going after the same loose ball. This game had everything you could possibly hope for in a college basketball game. I think the game against IU on the 19th will be just as good (with a similar result, I hope).
The officiating was bad in the game, but it was equally bad both ways so it didn't affect the game too much. I'm just not used to seeing Big 10 officials call so many namby-pamby handchecking and off the ball fouls.