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Purdue fans not happy with cancellation of Big Ten and NCAA Tourney

Coronavirus continues to affect our community and now its affecting Purdue basketball.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 10:23 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2020 11:26 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Coronavirus continues to affect our community and now its affecting Purdue basketball.

On Thursday the Big Ten Tournament was cancelled and Gold and Black fans were not happy with the decision.

Purdue finished with an overall record of 16-15 and 9-11 in conference play.

The Boilers were most likely going to need to win the Big Ten Tourney to get the automatic bid to the NCAA tourney to continue play.

But, the NCAA Tourney was also cancelled Thursday amid Cronavirus concerns as well.

Two optimistic Boiler fans sound off on why they wanted to see their team play again this season. 

"It's really unfortunate," said Ben Durkee.  "I think we had a real shot this year. I was hoping they would at least continue with no audience. It would be interesting to watch on TV. You'd just hear shoes squeaking and no uproar of fans."

"I think we were a fringe team to be honest," said Pace Balster. "It would have been nice to give us a shot, I mean, I would have loved to see us play. I feel like we are an upset team for a lot of other team's out there. I feel like we could have made some noise."

Purdue was set to take on Ohio State Thursday evening.

Unless NCAA rules change in response to the shortened season, it would have been the last time seniors wear the gold black.

Those players are Jahaad Proctor, Evan Boudreaux and Tommy Luce.

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