After compiling their fifth straight 20-win season in 2010-11, the Purdue Boilermakers came into 2011-12 looking to continue their dominance in the Big Ten. In the end, Purdue was able to extend their 20-win streak to six years, but it wasn't easy.
The Boilermakers got hot early, winning 12 of their first 15 regular season games. They faltered a bit in January and February, suffering losses to Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio State -- all ranked in the top 25 -- in a stretch of five games. They dropped a second game to Indiana in their regular season finale. In spite of all of this, they finished 21-11 overall, going 10-8 in the Big Ten.
The Boilermakers entered the 2012 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed. They dispatched the No. 11 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the opening round, 79-61, to advance to the quarterfinals, where they fell to the third-seeded Ohio St. Buckeyes, 88-71. Given how tough the Big Ten has been this year, though, the selection committee didn't hold it against Purdue, including them in the field of 68. They earned the No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 St. Mary's in the second round.
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