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Why can't Purdue win a national title?

Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2011 4:33 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Not saying it will. Not saying it should. Not saying it's likely.

Just saying it can.

At the beginning of the year, the answer to the question I pose in this post's title would've been unanimous and sans any sort of cacophony: because it doesn't have Robbie Hummel.

That's no longer a problem. Purdue (22-5, 11-3) has played beyond expectations, solidifying the top of the Big Ten as the most impressive of any conference with its 76-63 win at home over No. 2 Ohio State this afternoon.

And it was largely because of E'Twaun Moore, but Lewis Jackson had a hell of a game, too. Moore (right) had half his team's points, going for 38; yes, that's a career high. He hit 7 of 10 3-pointers, pushing him past the 2,000-point mark for his career. All accomplishments achieved and considered, he'll never have a better day of basketball. More of Moore: five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one foul. Just a ridiculous, awesome showing.

It's a home game, and Ohio State's perspective must part of the equation (in terms of seeing Purdue's play and writing this kind of post), but no denying the outcome was a photo negative of the 87-64 crushing Matt Painter's team took in Columbus Jan. 25.

I hope you watched today's tilt (hey, on CBS!) and had the volume at a louder-than-reasonable level. The atmosphere shot through the screen and speakers in my apartment. A great home win in college basketball which, again, can be plenty thrilling in the regular season. Despite a 13-point difference at game's end, the energy level never dipped below an uncomfortable buzz and ohm in Mackey Arena. Love it. Love February games almost as much as March ones.

Standing tall, flexing its pectorals and towering over a team that got humbled for the second straight weekend on the road in Big Ten play, Purdue looked as emphatic a victor as I've seen all year. I'm not going knee-jerk on you, here, I promise. And worth noting that Ohio State's two losses this season have come to teams undefeated at home.

Watching that win, while being prompted by this tweet , I thought, Why can't Purdue end up in Houston this year?

Purdue's wins over possible/probable tournament teams:
  1. Oakland
  2. Valparaiso
  3. Virginia Tech
  4. Alabama
  5. Michigan State
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Illinois
  9. Ohio State
And Purdue couldn't win six in March against nearly equal competition? Sure it could. Look around the area: Kansas lost again this week. Texas, too. Pittsburgh, Wisconsin — oh, yeah, it lost to Purdue just a few days ago — they're all fallible. The Boilermakers, with JaJuan Johnson, hello, a First-Team-All-America-worthy player, and a legitimate college big man, can absolutely make a run for the title. Also: Purdue's a top-10 defensive team and top-20 offensive. Those numbers trend for Final Four-caliber teams, as you'd surely surmise.

Imagine how good this team would be with Hummel. If he was playing, instead of writing why Purdue can win the national title, I'd probably be trying to come up with a few feeble reasons why it couldn't.

Photo: AP

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:08 am

Why can't Purdue win a national title?

Purdue will not win the National Championship period.  Just like Wisconsin they are great at home but just average on the road, last time I checked the tournament is held at neutral sites and not in madison or west laff. 

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:01 am

Why can't Purdue win a national title?

Yea, lets also not forget, ogre, that the Conference Tourney is in Indy. A mere 60 miles (less than an hours drive) from Purdue. If thats not a backyard then what the heck is. That is a close to a home game as it can get, and if you have ever been there as I have, the crowd has been dominated by the Boiler faithful as of late. Especially when the student section gets 200 all session tickets for the cost of no more than 2 delivery pizzas. It may not have the amazing sound of Mackey but it will have the same feel as a home game.

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:06 pm

Why can't Purdue win a national title?

SIMPLE ANSWER to this question, because they can only beat a top 25 team on thier home court. And  shold remember that the Big Ten has a Conference Tourney now and a possible rematch THERE between Buckeyes and Boilermakers isn't even unlikely. Hat's off to Purdue today, they got open shots and hit them, the Buckeyes just didn't have the hot hands today and missed a LOT of open shots.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:33 pm

Why can't Purdue win a national title?

Purdue can but they won't. They got a good win today, but who didn't expect it? A home conference game that will solidify a potential tourney bid against the team that could be ranked number 1 if they beat you, that's some motivation. It proves that OSU can be beat and that Purdue is a team that can do it. Since the odds on them meeting in the tourney until the later rounds, I'd say OSU shouldn't need to worry about a rematch. Purdue's road record isn't very good and there are few tourney games played at home, unless you're Duke. I wouldn't consider Illinois, Valparaiso or Michigan as great road wins. Purdue and so many others have the pieces to win it all, it just depends on the match up and what team shows up. I don't see that team being Purdue.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:38 pm

Why can't Purdue win a national title?

Purdue can win a national title?  Wow, and you are just realizing this?  That comment is right up there with Gary Parrish'e comment, early in the season, that Notre Dame and Wiscosnin were s"ub-par" teams.  Some of this people make stupid comments (sorry, Gary, you know I like you) and later in the year they petend that they, "knew it (was wrong) all of the long." 

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