Purdue has never been #1 in the Poll era, but with the rise of advanced metrics to evaluate teams, they're #1 in a couple of national rankings... including ESPN's.
BPI, or the Basketball Power Index, elevated the Boilermakers to the top spot after last night's resounding win over Wisconsin:
After another dominating win, BPI now views Purdue as the best team going forward and the favorite to win the NCAA tournament at 21 percent. Villanova, Virginia, Duke, and Michigan State round out BPI's current top five. pic.twitter.com/Jw7JFGDEDP— Paul Sabin (@SabinAnalytics) January 17, 2018
That means - wait for it, Purdue fans - the Boilers are also ESPN's favorite to win the National Championship (21% chance). Wow.
There's still a lot of basketball left, but as we've been saying on the show, Purdue absolutely looks like a serious contender.