Purdue Boilermakers defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 59-58

What if? What if the Gophers upset No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday and earn this season's version of their crucial victory over Louisville last year?

What if a Saturday victory at Illinois puts them this close to an NCAA tournament at-large berth? 

"What if?" suggests hope. It's certainly better than the "What now?" that has dogged the program all season.

"What now?,'' as in suspensions, injuries, academic issues, court hearings and YouTube videos.

But back-to-back v...

Gene Keady was Purdue's coach for 25 seasons. Matt Painter replaced him after the 2005 season.

Keady made the trip to Minneapolis with the Boilermakers for Wednesday night's game at Williams Arena. They survived in remarkable fashion, pushing a winning streak to 10 with a 59-58 victory.

The retired coach made a visit to the visitors' locker room after the game. He was coming up the steps to join a group of Purdue families and friends when someone said: "There was a l...