Purdue Boilermakers Still Have A Shot At 2014 NCAA Tournament

By Trevor Lowry
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Believe it or not, the Purdue Boilermakers still have a shot at the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Purdue has an overall record of 13-6 and a Big Ten record of 3-3. Pretty solid, but it still has some work to do.

The Boilermakers’ best victories have come against West Virginia and Illinois. They did, however, only lose to Oklahoma State by 10 points on a neutral court.

Losses against Washington State and Northwestern doesn’t really help this team’s cause. Purdue is lacking a major victory or two and even that may not be enough.

Regardless, there is plenty of basketball that needs to be played and Purdue does play in the best conference in college basketball. Argue that all you want, but I am sure the Big Ten will get six two eight teams in the dance and that is really all that matters.

The Boilermakers have plenty of tests left, unlike Tennessee. The Volunteers are better on paper and are probably the better team in general, but the SEC is looked at as one of the weaker conferences out of the big boys. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but that is just how it is.

Anyways, Purdue still has to play Wisconsin (twice), Michigan (twice), Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State and Iowa. As you can see, the Boilermakers have a very brutal schedule left, but it could benefit them. This team has no quality wins.

Matt Painter‘s team does have some talent and it has a pretty good record. It is not going to be easy the rest of the way through, but if Purdue can make some noise, it certainly could find itself in the field of 68 in March.

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