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February 25 bracket: What will happen to Purdue ?

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The biggest question for Purdue is … now what?  An unfortunate knee injury to star Robbie Hummel means the Boilermakers must be re-evaluated over the course of three regular-season games and the Big 10 tournament.  Purdue could still be a No. 1 seed, but the Boilers will have to demonstrate they can play – and win – big games without Hummel in the lineup.  Just how Purdue will be viewed remains to be seen.  Thanks to a solid team effort, the Boilers outlasted Minnesota and earned a better-than-you-think road win against the Gophers.  For now, Purdue retains its No. 1 seed projection in our latest bracket update.

Hard to believe, but our next update will be in March (Monday, March 1).  The official countdown has begun.  Our only new addition is really a swap.  Following a loss at Temple, Dayton falls to our first team out, replaced by Rhode Island as our last team in.  The A-10 bubble is pretty flexible (with Charlotte), but the picture should clear over the next two weeks and at the A-10 tournament.

As for the No. 1 seedsKansas, Syracuse and Kentucky join Purdue on the top line.  Our No. 2 seeds also remain the same from Monday.  Georgetown vaults over Pitt to the No. 3 line as the Hoyas win at Louisville and the Panthers fall flat at Notre Dame.  With so many Big East teams near the top, someone will be the odd team out – and have to be no better than a No. 4.  Again, that should be more evident soon.

As several bubble teams continue to lose, teams like Florida, Illinois, Marquette, and Oklahoma State are looking more Dance-worthy.  Nothing happens in a vacuum and teams can improve their position simply because contenders fall away.  At the same time, I look for several upsets in conference tournaments that could throw current automatic bid teams into the at-large pool or onto the bubble.   More on that as we prepare for conference tournaments next week.  Rebounds are always welcome.  Enjoy the hoops!

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