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Patient Purdue

Purdue had to wait later than expected to take the floor Saturday.

Top seed Ohio State needed two overtimes to beat Illinois 88-81 in the first semifinal at the Big Ten tournament.

The Boilermakers watched some of the game but headed to the locker room late in regulation.

Purdue’s tip against Minnesota likely will be about 4:35 p.m.

The Gophers would seem to have more on the line today.

Minnesota, coming off a victory against Michigan State, likely needs a victory over No. 6 Purdue to sneak into the NCAA tournament. If the Boilermakers lose, they likely will secure a No. 3 seed for the NCAAs. Best-case scenario for Purdue is probably a No. 2 seed if it reaches the championship game of the Big Ten tournament and plays Ohio State.

Not so sure if it matters if Purdue would beat the Buckeyes in the title game, only because the NCAA committee probably already has its slots decided by that point. And because Purdue probably isn’t a No. 1 seed anyway – not with how much people seem to love Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke.

Purdue has beaten Minnesota twice this season, including in Minneapolis in the game that Robbie Hummel injured his knee. In that meeting, JaJuan Johnson played 40 minutes, E’Twaun Moore 36 and Chris Kramer 35.

Perhaps the most interesting matchup today will be to watch Kramer, who could be matched up against with a player much bigger than him. Kramer guarded Minnesota post Colton Iverson in the last game.

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