Purdue Boilermakers: Trip to the Final Four in Sight?

Ian ZymarakisSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2008

When one looks at this team they might not think much, with the team leader in scoring only averaging 12.7 ppg and only three players on the whole team averaging 10+ppg they might not consider that to be a team that will go far in the NCAA Tournament.

However, the Purdue Boilermakers are a team that I think can go far and will go deep in this tournament.

While they may not have a huge star they do have a good player in Robbie Hummel as well as a good core of role players, Purdue has nine players that average 15 min or more per game. That is a lot of playing time for a big rotation like that.

With wins over tournament teams like, Louisville, Wisconsin twice and Michigan St.

That is four quality wins there. They also boast a 15-3 conference record this season in the Big 10. As well as having 11 straight wins at one point during the season.

Although they may have lost to Illinois in the first round of the Big 10 tournament I beliece that might actually help them out more then it would have if they were on a big winning streak.

I have always had the mindset that teams on a huge winning streak heading into the tournament always have a higher chance of having a bad game and getting upset, that's why I like to see a team come into the tournament with a loss, unless you are Clemson which looked absolutely let down after their ACC Tournament loss.

Purdue starts off with what I feel is an overrated Baylor, if they win there they move onto face what I project is Xavier. When they get past Xavier its on to face what I think will be Duke.

I believe they match up extremely well with Duke, not only in size but in speed. Six players on the team are 6'6" and above while they also boast an extremely quick group of guards.

Purdue is definitely a team that can and will surprise teams in this tournament ultimately reaching the host city for the West Region;  Phoenix, Arizona and a meeting with No. 1 seed UCLA Bruins.

Time will only tell if Robbie Hummel and the Boilermakers can make a run but being a quality team as well as an underrated team that is currently ranked in the top 20 teams in the nation. I think they will surprise some people. I on the other hand, will not be one of those people that will be surprised by this quiet but lethal team.