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Published on Feb 14, 2007
1994 - #3 Michigan vs. #9 Purdue
Going into this game Michigan's Big Ten record was 12-3, Purdue was 12-4 (half game back). At that time, each team played 18 conference games, so after this game, Purdue had 1 more game (against Illinois) and Michigan 2. This game was must win for Purdue to stay in the hunt (and realistically - at best - have a chance at a co-Big Ten title with Michigan). Had Purdue lost, they would be 2 back in the loss column (with Michigan playing 2 more games and Purdue 1) and have virtual no shot of even a share of the title.
Purdue is down 8 points with 2:27 to play. Down 7 with 1:30 left. Waddell hits a couple big 3s. Big Dog takes Purdue the rest of the way.
Another note: During this entire stretch, Purdue's best 3 players (Glenn Robinson (#13), Cuonzo Martin (#22) and Matt Waddell (#11)) all have 4 fouls. You'll notice that on Michigan's last real possession, Jalen Rose misses a 3 and his teammate Ray Jackson gets the rebound. The shot clock is off as we are well under 35 seconds remaining in the game. Purdue has to foul. During this time, Glenn is guarding the ball, but knowing he has 4 fouls chooses to let time run and not foul out of the game (intelligently so). Waddell immediately understands the situation and begins running all over the court trying to foul the ball handler. Fortunately, Jalen throws the ball away with 10.5 seconds remaining with the score Michigan 94 Purdue 93.
Glenn takes it from there.
So, with Purdue winning this game, it looks aligned that Purdue and Michigan will tie for the Big Ten title at 14-4 in the conference. However, Northwestern upsets Michigan in the final weekend of conference play. Michigan finishes at 13-5.
In Purdue's final Big Ten game, Glenn goes on to score 49 points in his final home game in his Purdue career and leads the Boilers over Illinois to clinch the Big Ten title outright (1st of 3 consecutive).