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  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Okay, Boilermaker basketball fans, it is now up to you. Matt Painter’s lads have done everything they can to put themselves in position to make a deep post-season tournament run. 
    Fresh off of securing their fourteenth consecutive victory, the Boilermakers are sitting on top of the Big Ten Conference standings. The Boilers are undefeated after seven conference games, one victory up on Ohio State.
    Seems like more doesn’t it?
    That’s because Purdue’s conference wins have come in convincing fashion. Purdue boasts one of the largest front lines in the country, and they all are highly skilled around the bucket. Drop down and sag on the big men, and the Purdue guards are filling the bucket with remarkable accuracy.
    Granted, although Purdue is in the driver’s seat, there are eleven games remaining in the regular season. The Boilers still must play games against the four teams immediately behind them in the standings — including two on the road.
    Can the Boilers run the gauntlet unscathed to defend their outright regular season Big Ten title? Probably not. Regardless, this team is playing with a confidence not seen in West Lafayette since 1988, when Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, and Everett Stephens had Boiler fans in a similar tizzy.
    Every indication is that this Purdue team is going places. And, where they end up may depend largely on you.
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