Bracketology: Purdue basketball holds spot as No. 1 seed in ESPN projection
Purdue lost its first game since Thanksgiving on Wednesday night with a 64-63 home loss to Ohio State. The Boilermakers coughed up a 14-point second-half lead against the Buckeyes and lost sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Purdue would not be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament if it started today. However, the team would still be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi.
Purdue, which is 23-3 after its 19-game winning streak was snapped, remained on the top seed line in Lunardi’s latest Bracketology following the loss. Purdue was helped by some chaos among other top teams. No. 1 Villanova went down against St. John’s on Wednesday night. Purdue, Villanova, Xavier and Virginia were the No. 1 seeds in the new projection.
Lunardi had four Big Ten teams in the field. Ohio State was a No. 4 seed, Michigan State was a No. 2 seed and Michigan was a No. 7 seed.
Purdue will try to avoid a second straight loss when it faces No. 4-ranked Michigan State on the road on Saturday.