Purdue Boilermakers Tournament Resume: Strengths and Weaknesses

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In our latest NCAA Tournament projection, we have the Purdue Boilermakers as an #11 seed in the West Regional, out in Albuquerque. In other words, just a line or two above bubble status. And since February is here- time to think about who needs to shore up the old resume for selection time come March.

And given how dreadful the Boilers have been at Conseco Fieldhouse, don’t expect them to augment their tourney ready chops at the Big Ten Tournament. Even though the beautiful venue is just a short drive from their West Lafayette campus, Purdue fans will no doubt head into c0nference tournament weekend hoping to be rock solid enough that a one-and-done in Indy won’t have consequence.

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Does ‘The Butler Way’ Lead to a Return NCAA Tournament Trip?

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Beneath the Hoosier Sky last March, the Butler Bulldogs unfolded one of the greatest stories in college basketball history. And had that last second half-court heave stayed down and fallen through in the national title game, history would not have denied the glow of the victory firelight for the “home team” at Lucas Oil Field.

Just one more basket and the small mid-major school could have beaten heavily-favored Duke to win it all. The full story is documented quite well by David Woods in his book “Underdawgs.”

This year has been much less romantic for the Bulldogs however. Sure, they can still run the table in the Horizon League Tournament next week to guarantee a NCAA berth, but right now they are the very definition of a “bubble team” in most bracket projections.

Let’s look at how they can grab that at-large berth.

By Paul M. Banks

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