2019 NCAA tournament bracket projection for Purdue Boilermakers

Following an eight-point loss to Notre Dame in the aptly named Crossroads Classic in December, the Purdue Boilermakers sat at a crossroads with a 6-5 record. With four new starters, they looked, frankly, like an NIT team at best. But Matt Painter's club somehow righted the ship. Led by one of the nation's most prolific scorers, junior guard Carsen Edwards, the Boilermakers built one of the country's most efficient offenses and were the Big Ten's surprise team in 2019 -- sharing the Big Ten regular-season crown with Michigan State. With the Big Dance about to tip off, Purdue probably will be overlooked yet again. Can Painter's squad continue its surprising success with a deep NCAA tourney run?

ESPN+ has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.