One day after winning the school’s first Big Ten tournament title and, in the process, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Purdue was selected as one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts, it was announced Sunday. The Boilermakers (44-12), who also won the Big Ten regular-season crown, will host the four-team regional Friday-Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. Lambert Field, Purdue’s home, and Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Ind., did not meet NCAA requirements, so the regional moves to Gary.
The secondary looks like a strong position in the Big Ten in 2012. Four of the eight defensive backs named first- or second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches in 2011 are back: Michigan State’s Johnny Adams and Isaiah Lewis, Ohio State’s C.J. Barnett and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen. Three named first- or second-team by the media return: Iowa’s Micah Hyde, Lewis and Adams. With three selections, Michigan State is well-represented in my ranking of the top 10 defensive backs in the Big Ten for 2012.
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Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night, the Big Ten office released the all-tournament team. Purdue won the school’s first Big Ten tourney, thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over heated rival Indiana, and it had five players earn honors, headlined by Most Outstanding Player Kevin Plawecki. Watch one of Plawecki’s two home runs from the tournament now and see the entire team in this post.
Andrew Dixon scored the tie-breaking run on a wild play in the ninth inning and Nick Wittgren closed the game out with a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame, as No. 15 Purdue baseball won its first Big Ten Tournament title with a 6-5 win against Indiana on Saturday evening at Huntington Park. With the win, the Boilermakers earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Purdue, which also won the Big Ten regular-season title, went 3-0 en route to claiming the tournament crown. Two of the wins came against Indiana, which it beat 3-0 on Friday night.
On a wild play in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game, Purdue took the lead and tempers flared at the conclusion of the play. Both benches cleared and the teams had to be separated. Watch the crazy play that saw the eventual game-winning run score and led to the scuffle now. With the 6-5 win (recap), Purdue claimed its first Big Ten tourney title and earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
Football season can’t come soon enough. To help get everyone ready for the 2012 season, I’m taking a very early look at each week’s slate of games. I’ve already done the first five weeks – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 – and now it’s time to consider Week 6. Find it in this post.
Purdue heads into Saturday’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship round as the undefeated top seed as the Boilermakers dropped No. 2 seed Indiana 3-0 on Friday night. Purdue will play either Indiana or Michigan State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Either opponent would have to beat Purdue twice to win tourney. Watch more Indiana-Purdue videos in this post.