Ohio State won at absolutely thrilling game in West Lafayette last night to move to the top of the Big Ten, giving Purdue their first loss since the Battle for Atlantis . It seems like Purdue should be able to take that loss and stay comfortably on the one line. But I am not so sure.
The Boilermakers find themselves down at 12 in the RPI, which is very low for a team competing for a one seed. They also have five Group 1 wins, but only two of those are against teams that appear to be solidly in the field.
Kansas, on the other hand, is 6th in RPI with the top strength of schedule in all of college basketball. They have eight Group 1 wins and five Group 2 wins, and they’re first in college basketball’s toughest conference.
This one is a tough choice, but I think Kansas’s superior resume wins out slightly over Purdue’s superior efficiency and record.
I predict Kansas will be the one seed in the West and Purdue will be the two seed in the Midwest when the Selection Committee releases their current top four seeds on Saturday.
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