March 21, 2007
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Purdue Keeps Big Ten "Sweet 16 Streak" Alive
By earning a trip to the Sweet 16, Purdue continued the Big Ten's streak of having at least one conference team advance to regional play in each of the last 23 years. Only twice -- the 1982 and 1984 NCAA Tournaments -- has the Big Ten not sent a team to the Sweet 16. Of the 23 consecutive trips, 13 tournaments have boasted a conference squad in the regional finals, while eight teams have advanced to the Final Four.
Purdue Becomes Sixth Big Ten Team to Reach 30 Wins
With the win over Georgia Tech in the second round, Purdue has reached the 30-win plateau for the third time in school history and first since the 2000-01 season, when the Boilermakers were national runners-up with a 31-7 record. Purdue was 34-1 in its 1998-99 national championship season. Overall, Purdue's 2006-07 ballclub is just the sixth squad in conference history to eclipse the 30-win mark. In addition to the three occasions the Boilermakers have reached the plateau, Penn State's 1999-00 team finished 30-5, while national runner-up Michigan State (33-4) and Ohio State (30-5) both achieved the feat during the 2004-05 campaign.
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