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Purdue is the best college basketball team in America, regardless of rankings

Vincent Edwards can defend four spots and score from anywhere. He is the most versatile player in college hoops.

There is no team playing basketball at a higher level than Purdue.

I haven’t seen every team play, but I have seen Purdue play every time the Boilermakers have taken the court, and I cannot fathom anyone else playing with the same collective energy, focus, and precision.

Purdue is ranked second nationally behind Villanova by Ken Pomeroy and #1 by Jeff Sagarin, so proclaiming their excellence isn’t some outrageous click bait hot take out of left field.  it’s not bold, but it is true.

Read through this list of milestones and stats from Purdue’s media relations folks, and tell me this isn’t a rare group in West Lafayette:

  • Purdue won its 15th game in a row, the fourth-longest win streak in school history (16 three different times; last in 1987-88 season).
  • Purdue has now won three straight Big Ten games by 23 or more points for the first time since in school history … Purdue’s last three victories (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa) have come by 85 points … Purdue has led by 61 combined points at halftime over the last three games.
  • Purdue is 22-4 in Big Ten play since the start of last year … Purdue has won 10 straight Big Ten regular-season games dating to last year … Purdue has won six straight “true” road games dating to last year … entering the game, Purdue’s six-game road winning streak was the sixth-longest streak in America.
  • Purdue set a new school record against Iowa with 20 made 3-pointers, surpassing the 19 set earlier in the year against Fairfield … Purdue set a new Big Ten record with 20 3-pointers (league games only), matching the most ever made by a Big Ten team in league history (Northwestern twice in non-conference play) … Purdue set a new Carver-Hawkeye Arena record.

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