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Non-Conference Opponents Update: December 28

Purdue’s NCAA Profile is about to get a boost from Auburn.

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

This update will not have a whole lot to it, as most of Purdue’s non-conference opponents have been idle over Christmas Break. Next week will provide a much better picture:

Purdue Boilermakers Profile:

Record: 11-2

RPI: 46 (38 last week)

KenPom: 12 (12 last week)

Top 50 RPI wins: 50 Notre Dame (Neutral Floor)

Top 50 KenPom wins: 23 Notre Dame (Neutral Floor)

Bad Losses: None

McNeese State (3-8, 0-0 Southland) – RPI: 203, KenPom: 325 – McNeese State lost 89-57 at North Carolina State on December 27, but it still raised their RPI by 25 points.

Villanova (12-0, 0-0 Big East) – RPI: 1, KenPom: 1 – The Wildcats cruised to an easy 90-48 win over American and they begin Big East play tonight by hosting DePaul. The Game of the Week is on Saturday afternoon when they travel to undefeated Creighton. They are also at Butler next week.

Georgia State (7-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) – RPI: 63, KenPom: 128 – Georgia State got a very large RPI boost with a 64-56 win at Middle Tennessee State, who is currently No. 16 in the RPI. That will likely shift over time, but Georgia State is probably the Sun Belt favorite entering league play. They host UMass tonight. Can they get into the top 50 for us?

Utah State (7-5, 0-0 Mountain West) – RPI: 209, KenPom: 154 – Utah State lost to in-state rival Weber State 77-71 last Wednesday and almost certainly need to win the Mountain West to have NCAA Tournament aspirations. Their chance begins tonight at home against Boise State.

Auburn (10-2, 0-0 SEC) – RPI: 53, KenPom: 87 – The addition of Austin Wiley has paid off in very nice wins over Oklahoma (74-70 at Uncasville, Connecticut) and at UConn 70-67. Normally a win at UConn would be a gigantic boost, but UConn happens to suck this year at 4-6 with losses to Wagner and Northeastern. It would have probably helped more if Auburn had beaten the UConn women. Who am I kidding. The UConn women would throttle them. Auburn begins SEC play tomorrow night at home against Georgia, where a win probably brings into the RPI top 50. Their only losses are to Purdue and against Boston College by a point.

NJIT (6-8, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) – RPI: 242, KenPom: 216 – NJIT gets no points really for defeating a non-Division I team in Dean College 92-50 last Wednesday. They are at Stony Brook tonight.

Louisville (10-1, 0-0 ACC) – RPI: 3, KenPom: 8 – The 73-70 win over Kentucky last week has catapulted Louisville into No. 1 seed consideration. They have another big home game tonight as they start ACC play against Virginia. Right now Purdue’s two losses are to the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in terms of RPI.

Morehead State (3-9, 0-0 OVC) – RPI: 288, KenPom: 221 – I don’t think I was able to watch a single second of this game and no one will remember it. Morehead State fell at Mississippi State 85-76 and has a game tonight against non-Division I Asbury College before starting OVC play this weekend.

Arizona State (7-6, 0-0 Pac-12) – RPI: 129, KenPom: 101 – A 98-62 win over Central Arkansas has the Sun Devils on the cusp of the top 100 in KenPom. They started Pac-12 play on Friday night at Stanford before going to Cal on Monday. A good Pac-12 season likely has them as a nice top 100 win for Purdue.

Cleveland State (4-8, 0-0 Horizon League) – RPI: 214, KenPom: 239– The Vikings lost at Belmont 88-61 to finish their non-conference season. Valparaiso, a team that was absolutely robbed by the committee last year in terms of an at large bid, is the overwhelming favorite to win the league.

Notre Dame (10-2, 0-0 ACC) – RPI: 50, KenPom: 24 – Notre Dame is back in the top 50 of the RPI! They even did that without playing since the December 19 win over Colgate. They host St. Peter’s tonight before opening ACC play on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

Western Illinois (3-8, 0-0 Summit League) – RPI: 342, KenPom 306 – Western has not played since losing at Purdue. They are now in the bottom 10 nationally according to the RPI. They open Summit League play at Fort Wayne tomorrow night and are at IUPUI on Saturday.

Norfolk State (3-10, 0-0 MEAC) – RPI: 273, KenPom: 310 – Norfolk State has not played since losing to Purdue last Wednesday. They are at Bowling Green on Friday night.