This year the selection committee is trying something new. For the first time ever they had a February reveal of the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament bracket if the season ended today. It was not good news for Purdue.
When the top 16 were revealed out Boilermakers were NOT listed as a top 4 seed in any region. In fact, no teams from the Big Ten were in the top 16.
Here are the current top 4 seeds in each region according to the NCAA Selection Committee pic.twitter.com/Vi5OD7jAXX— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 11, 2017
That is not to say that we are in a bad spot. Purdue would definitely be in the tournament if it started today, and it would very likely be a 5 seed. The Boilermakers have five wins against the top 50 teams in both the RPI and KenPom with no losses to sub-100 teams.
The other good news is that if Purdue continues to play well and rises into the top 16 it can get a spot close to home. Butler was named as a 4 seed, the No. 13 seed overall, and placed in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. If they were to fall off and Purdue move up to the 4 line placement in Indianapolis is at least possible.
The bad news is there is a lot of competition for those two preferred spots. Butler, Purdue, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Louisville would all LOVE to be there.
So Purdue has work to do, but if it keeps winning a 3 seed is not out of the question.