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Purdue, MSU have a will and a way

Updated: March 10, 2013, 3:07 AM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Letters of welcome from schoolchildren line the hallway outside the locker rooms at the Sears Centre Arena, each Big Ten team in town for the conference tournament allotted a dozen or so such missives.

One letter to Purdue offered these words of encouragement.

"I really hope you win," the handwritten message began. "Even if you don't win, at least you know you tried. You'll probably win if you try."

Score one for the optimism ...

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