Favorite: No. 1 Purdue
Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year. Purdue’s only two out-of-conference losses came to ranked opponents in Louisville and Villanova. They lost these two games by a combined total of just 10 points. Three of Purdue’s four conference losses came to teams in the top half of the bracket (Minnesota, Nebraska, and Michigan).
Purdue is one of the tougher teams in the conference to match up with defensively because of the length of Swanigan and Isaac Haas underneath the basket. The Boilermakers have five players that average double figure points per game. Purdue’s balanced scoring attack along with the Big Ten Player of the Year down low will provide a tough match up for any team to knock off the regular season champions.