Sunday started a huge week for Purdue Basketball. The Boilermakers are rolling to the tune of a 19-game winning streak, undefeated on American soil and ranked third in the nation. This week, the pressure ratchets up with contests against the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans.
The coming week will go a long way in determining Purdue’s NCAA Tournament seed. If the worst case scenario happens and Purdue loses to both Ohio State and Michigan State, Purdue definitely falls out of the top five, and most likely falls to the two or three-seed line. If the Boilers win either of the two games, their resume will probably be strong enough to stay on the one-seed line. Should Purdue win both games, it’s looking at the possibility of an undefeated Big Ten season, and it would take an epic collapse to fall from a top seed in the tournament.
This season, Boilermaker fans have become accustomed to blowing out lesser competition. The last three games have bucked that trend. During that stretch, Purdue’s three-point shooting has been sub-par, shooting just 19/61 for 31%. If the Boilermakers want to stay on track for a No. 1 seed, their shooting trend must improve.
Purdue can use a few days to rest and rehydrate. The grit and determination Vincent Edwards displayed this week is astounding; Edwards vomited multiple times prior to the Maryland game. During the game he had to leave the bench to vomit as well. His illness affected him again at Rutgers, so perhaps the four days from that scare is just what Edwards needs.
Early in the season, Matt Painter indicated that Purdue would have to weather the “dog days” of winter. As a result of playing in the World University Games, Purdue has been playing competitively since late July. Rutgers showed that the Boilermakers cannot let the ‘dog days’ of February take hold. Mackey Arena will be rocking Wednesday for a huge game against Ohio State.
Shooting statistics obtained through purduesports.com
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