Indiana-Purdue is the highlight of day 3 of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament.

Sad Boilermaker fans. Hopefully to be seen this evening. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

After two upsets (according to seed) on day 1 of the big Ten Baseball Tournament, the winners' bracket followed form on day two. Top seed Purdue and #2 seed IU both prevailed, setting up tonight's matchup, which is at 7 p.m and will be aired on BTN. IU played from behind nearly the entire game against #5 Michigan State, but four runs in the bottom of the eighth gave IU a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth. A two run double by SS Michael Basil gave IU its first and only lead of the day. IU's ace reliever, freshman Jonny Hoffman, faced a bases loaded, nobody out situation, but he found his way out of it without giving up a run. Neither Hoffman, IU's only first team All Big Ten selection, nor ace starter Joey DeNato (who gave up 4 earned runs and walked 5 in 7.2 IP), pitched as well as he is capable, but the end result is what matters.

As I said before the Tournament, there is little doubt that Purdue is the best team in the conference, but IU may be the hottest team in the conference, and, to everyone's surprises, ended up within a game of Purdue in the Big Ten standings (although Purdue's non-conference record was much better). A win over the top-ranked Boilermakers tonight won't ruin their season--Purdue is essentially assured of an NCAA berth--although a loss or two in the Big Ten Tournament might affect Purdue's aspirations toward hosting an NCAA regional. And, again, don't forget that this is a double elimination tournament. The loser of this game will need to win one game in the losers' bracket to make it to the championship, so there is a more-than-fair chance that IU and Purdue will meet again, whoever wins (and, if they do meet in the championship, and the team from the losers' bracket wins on Saturday, there will be a deciding game on Sunday).

These teams did not meet in the regular season, so in addition to its championship implications, it's a significant event for the rivalry as well.

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