The Catamounts earned a bid to the Big Dance, aka the NCAA Division 1 tournament, by knocking off Albany last weekend in the America East conference finals, capping a record-setting season in which the team went undefeated in conference play. A 13 seed in the tourney and a date with fourth seeded and heavily favored Purdue University at p.m. Vermonters are not exactly known for their college hoops fervor. Designed in 1940, he's a burly fella in a hardhat who carries a large hammer.
And as the Hoop Cats bandwagon understandably fills to capacity, we thought it might be helpful to take a look at the team's first March Madness opponent, the Purdue Boilermakers. Who wins in a fight, Purdue Pete or Rally the Catamount?
The Wildcats (19-27, 8-10 B1G) dealt Purdue only its third loss of the year in a one-run game while winning their third straight series in West Lafayette dating back to 2010.
Northwestern leadoff man Alex Erro played a key role in six of his team's eight runs, finishing the day 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Purdue appeared on 29 consecutive team polls from March 19, 2013 to Feb. the Boilermakers have been in the final team rankings four times during Gajdzik’s tenure.
• Had a pair of nationally ranked singles players, Madarasz and Benjamin Ugarte, for majority of the season 2016 for the first time since 1998-99.
To wit, Purdue's official mascot, the Boilermaker Special, is a train. Even their fan forums are welcoming and friendly to UVM fans.
Box Score: PDF / HTML // Series Stats // Homestand Stats // Photo Gallery WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.• Recorded the program’s biggest upset with a 6-1 win over No. • Has won 87 dual matches in seven seasons at Purdue, averaging a dozen wins per season.• Six times the Boilermakers have earned ITA All-Academic Team status (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016).• Team earned an NCAA Championships berth in 2014 sending the Boilermakers to the tournament for the first time since 2002.• Obtained the highest-ever team ranking in program history at No. the Boilermakers were ranked the entire 2014 season …