Any Purdue fan would say they were proud of the effort and play of such a young team this year. In most of the preseason polls, Purdue was predicted to finish 5th or 6th. Heck, Digger probably had them finishing 10th or 11th. Yes they came up a little short against a very good Xavier team that should finish off West Virginia, but to just reach the NCAA tournament, finish second in the big ten, and advance one more round then an Indiana team that had more talent (o.k. maybe they did give up) is extremely special. This program is making great strides to be back to where they were in the late 80's and 90's. Of course I'm too young to remember those glorious days, Purdue has the coaching and talent that will bring you a long ways.
Look at it this way. Every player that will be on Purdue's roster this year and next will stay all four years. If Gordon stays four years, then I believe the moon is scheduled to fall from space and hit the planet at 9:00 tonight (you pick the time zone). As that very good Xavier team showed us on Saturday, senior players that are strong and have smarts will go a long way. When Kramer and Grant are seniors, and the "Freshman Fab Four" are juniors, Grant and Kramer will be playing in their 4th tourney while the other four will be playing in their 3rd. That's experience. That's mental toughness.
Also, congrats to Associate Head Coach Conzo Martin for becoming the new head coach at Missouri State. I wish him luck in his future endeavors and he will be greatly missed roaming the sidelines of Mackey come this fall.