NCAA Tournament March Madness

#1 Purdue

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Projected seed: 1 (automatic qualifier)

Purdue heads into tournament selection with a robust portfolio, marked by marquee wins and consistent performance across the season. The team's handling of top-tier opponents, such as impressive victories over a thriving Tennessee squad and a fierce Arizona team, reflects their ability to compete with and outlast elite competition. Even within the treacherous terrain of the Big Ten, they've demonstrated poise, exemplified by solid road triumphs and a commendable home record. A few close shaves and a rare stumble, such as the loss at Northwestern, show they're not invincible, but the overall body of work, with the offense consistently firing and the defense holding strong against high-caliber teams, solidifies their position as a powerhouse deserving of their lofty projection. Upcoming challenges against Illinois and Wisconsin offer chances to reaffirm their dominance, but even so, their resume currently speaks volumes.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6Samford77W98-45
11/10Morehead St105W87-57
11/13Xavier51W83-71
11/20(N)Gonzaga16W73-63
11/21(N)Tennessee5W71-67
11/22(N)Marquette10W78-75
11/28TX Southern266W99-67
12/1@Northwestern26L92-88
12/4Iowa46W87-68
12/9(N)Alabama11W92-86
12/16(N)Arizona4W92-84
12/21Jacksonville263W100-57
12/29E Kentucky181W80-53
1/2@Maryland56W67-53
1/5Illinois9W83-78
1/9@Nebraska30L88-72
1/13Penn St95W95-78
1/16@Indiana96W87-66
1/20@Iowa46W84-70
1/23Michigan123W99-67
1/28@Rutgers83W68-60
1/31Northwestern26W105-96
2/4@Wisconsin24W75-69
2/10Indiana96W79-59
2/15Minnesota70W84-76
2/18@Ohio St66L73-69
2/22Rutgers83W96-68
2/25@Michigan123W84-76
3/2Michigan St25W80-74
3/5@Illinois952%
3/10Wisconsin2482%