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Did Purdue potentially lose the No. 1 overall seed with Big Ten Tournament loss?

Mar 10, 2024; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA;  Wisconsin vs. Purdue.
Mar 10, 2024; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Wisconsin vs. Purdue. / Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Outscored by just one point in their overtime matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers, the Purdue Boilermakers may have put their entire postseason future on the line.

Purdue is going to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament, that’s a given. However, their path to the championship game may have just become much more difficult.

Ahead of the Big Ten Tournament, the Boilermakers were projected to easily clinch a No. 1 seed heading into the Big Dance but with the semifinal loss to the Badgers, that may be at risk.

Luckily for Purdue, other top teams have lost earlier than expected in their respective conference tournaments – Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona, and Alabama to name a few.

With North Carolina and Houston still battling to bring home their conference titles, the Heels and Cougars most likely have two of the top seeds clinched.

Auburn is still in contention for the SEC Tournament title after taking down Mississippi State in the semifinals and UConn is set to play in the Big East championship game on Sunday.

The Boilermakers entered the Big Ten Tournament with a No. 3 national ranking but now fall to 29-4 overall. 

Without Perdue securing the conference title and allowing other teams to collect more wins while the team idles on the sidelines, schools UConn and Auburn may be able to steal the No. 1 seed out from under them.

If Houston, UConn, North Carolina, and Auburn win their conference tournaments, I expect Purdue to get bumped to a two-seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

At the end of the day, the Boilermaker’s loss was extremely costly in regards to their journey through March Madness but it isn’t the end of the day and the team will still get its chance to go dancing in a couple of weeks.

Wisconsin will play the winner of the Illinois vs. Nebraska matchup in the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday. The Selection Sunday broadcast will start at 6 p.m. ET on March 17 and is available on CBS.

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