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NCAAB | Apr 08

Purdue vs UConn: But Seriously, What’s a Boilermaker?

The Boilermakers and the Huskies Face Off on Monday at 9:20 PM ET

Purdue vs UConn: But Seriously, What’s a Boilermaker?
Fletcher Loyer #2 of the Purdue Boilermakers | Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

For the Natty!

I will be wearing a full Thomas the Train outfit on Monday night in honor of our Boilermakers…

Despite plenty of chatter about Cinderella, after all the March Madness games were played we get the two favorites squaring off in the championship as UConn battles Purdue. The headliner is an old school big man battle with Zach Edey taking on Donovan Clingan.

NBA rumors reveal that both centers are projected to be lottery picks in the 2024 draft. Here’s what you need to know about the national title matchup between Purdue and UConn.

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Purdue Looks to Follow Virginia’s Blueprint After Embarrassing Loss to No. 16 Seed

It appears to have the best chance at winning a national title, all you need to do is lose to a No. 16 seed. Purdue is looking to follow Virginia’s model as the Cavaliers won the 2019 championship after making college basketball news by losing to No. 16 UMBC during the previous March Madness.

Look, we all love Cinderella has her fancy dress and high heels, but it’s way past her bedtime when a championship belt is on the line. Upsets make for great stories in the early rounds, but traditionally we end up with a national title matchup featuring two of the favorites.

 

Please Win Me Money, Purdue

I would not be a “big J” journalist without revealing that I may or may not have a futures ticket on Purdue. So, I will be wearing a full Thomas the Train outfit on Monday night in honor of our Boilermakers.

Wait, what is a Boilermaker? TLDR it has something to do with Purdue and a railroad.

Trains up, playas.

 

Okay, but Does Purdue Really Have a Chance vs UConn?

Jokes aside, Purdue does have a fighting chance against UConn which is a sizable 7-point favorite. The Boilermakers have the best player in the country in Edey who is surrounded by a team of shooters.


Check out Zach Edey’s stats during March Madness: 28 points, 15.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game.


But yes, the Huskies appear to have about 17 players who can drop 20 on your head during any given game. Even if I did not have money on the line, Purdue’s redemption story still plays better than UConn winning back-to-back national titles.

Sadly, it may not matter what is the better story if UConn keeps rolling.

Time for Purdue to be “The Little Engine That Could.”

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