What do the Purdue Boilermakers need to get out of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament? Land of 10 breaks down the postseason implications and projections with a little help from CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm …
Overall record: 26-5
Conference record: 15-3 (T-2nd)
B1G tourney seed: 3
RPI Top 50 record: 5-3
Last 10: 7-3
CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Wednesday: 9
KenPom.com rank as of Wednesday: 4
CBSSports.com projected NCAA Tournament slot as of Wednesday: No. 2 seed
Next on the docket: A Friday quarterfinal matchup against No. 14 seed Rutgers (15-18, RPI: 215). Rutgers upset Indiana on Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for approximately 8:55 p.m. ET.
What they need to get out of NYC: Revenge. The Boilermakers were cruising along with a 19-game winning streak when they hit a run of potholes in early February, starting with back-to-back losses to Ohio State at home (64-63 on Feb. 7) and Michigan State on the road (68-65 on Feb. 10). That ultimately cost Purdue a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The Buckeyes should be waiting in the semifinals, if form holds, while the top-seeded Spartans are favored to emerge from their side of the bracket to land in the title game. Coach Matt Painter’s crew has unfinished business. And where better to finish that business than on Seventh Avenue?
Jerry Palm’s NCAA tourney prognosis: “Purdue’s best case is to beat Ohio State and then Michigan State for the [league tourney] title. It’s a longshot at a 1. And probably not below a 4.”