Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Seeding Critical

With Purdue's impressive road win against then thirteen ranked Michigan on Saturday it seems all but certain the Boilers will make the tournament come March.

It seemed all but certain Vincent Edwards would verbally commit to Purdue.

But in all seriousness, Purdue does look like its secured in the tournament, now it is just a matter of where it will be seeded.

If every scenario is considered, it looks like Purdue could finish anywhere from a 6 seed to an 11 seed. Not sure if a win on Wednesday night pushes them closer to a 6, but a loss it would definitely push them closer to an 11. For Purdue, the difficult matchups arise when it falls into that 7-11 range. If it wins the first round game in this situation, the Boilers would have to face a number 1 or 2 seed in the second round. The chances that Purdue could beat a 1 or 2 seed are obviously less likely than facing a 3 seed. Some of the size that the potential 1 and 2 seeds possess would be simply too much for Purdue to handle. Imagine Purdue trying to guard Anthony Davis from Kentucky. Uhhh...not gonna happen.

As seen in years past, seeding and matchups are important, maybe even more important than the talent of the team itself. Purdue doesn't want to face a matchup problem similar to the one it faced in 07-08 against UConn and Hasheem Thabeet.

Purdue just needs to keep winning and building confidence that it can win games like the one on Saturday. The Boilers have displayed that if they play together, attack the basket and knock down perimeter shots, they can play with the top echelon of teams.

And how about fans actually show up to senior night and show support to three players, namely one, that really propelled this basketball program to another level. I'm talking to you, Paint Crew.

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