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Quick Takes: Purdue building its resume

Dave2015Somewhat quietly, Purdue is building its resume.  The Boilermakers squeaked out a win at Michigan on Tuesday, adding another “Group 1” victory to its NCAA folder.  These things ebb and flow, but as of this morning, Purdue is 5-1 vs. Group 1, the most wins of any team against that metric on the NCAA’s new team sheets.  What’s more, all six of its Group 1 games have been away from home; three neutral, three on the road.  Impressive work.  Purdue began the week at No. 6 on the Seed List and could reach the top line by Friday.  While the Big Ten is down by past standards, the upper half of the league still has some good teams.  

Other Quick Takes:

  • West Virginia held on to beat Baylor. In contrast to Purdue, Baylor is 1-5 vs. Group 1 after Tuesday’s loss in Morgantown, which means the Bears have a bunch of quality losses.  What they need now is a quality wins.  Otherwise, an ugly NC SOS could spell trouble.
  • The Big 12 race is going to be incredibly fun.  Every game feels huge.  In another one of those games Tuesday, Oklahoma beat Texas Tech in Norman.
  • Keep an eye on Marquette in the Big East. The Golden Eagles moved to 3-2 in conference play after dropping Seton Hall by 20.  Their two Big East losses are by four points to Xavier, and a 100-90 defeat at Villanova.  Marquette moved into the bracket on Monday and may stay a while.
  • While the depth of the SEC is much approved, an elite team has yet to emerge.  Auburn is 15-1 after Tuesday’s win over Ole Miss, and their conference wins at Tennessee and home to Arkansas are solid.  But the Tigers’ best non-conference wins are Middle Tennessee, Dayton, Murray State, and Connecticut.
  • Kentucky held off Texas AM at home, which dropped the Aggies to 0-4 in league play.  Some of that may be “excused” a bit because of injuries, but its time for TAMU to get things going.  Other than their opening-night win over West Virginia, the Aggies profile lacks punch.

Another good night of hoops on Wednesday, headlined by Xavier and Villanova.  A No. 1 seed will likely be open heading into Friday’s update.

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