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A day after Purdue's loss: A look at the brackets

Things are constantly in flux.

Notre Dame and Pittsburgh were both No. 1 seeds before any games were played on Saturday, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi.

But what about the ACC? What about Texas, if it can beat Kansas?

And how will that trickle down effect Purdue?

The ninth-ranked Boilermakers lost their last two games of the season, including in a rout on Friday against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal.

But Purdue's resume still is solid. Its RPI was No. 8 in the country entering the tournament. It has 15 victories against schools in the top 100 RPI and has only one "bad" loss (Iowa, RPI 168).

So it'll be interesting, then, to see how much emphasis the committee puts on the Boilermakers' final two games. The Spartans are fighting for a spot in the NCAAs, and they played liked it. They simply were better than Purdue.

But how much does that poor finish matter for an NCAA seed?

Even Michigan State coach Tom Izzo doesn't think Purdue should be judged on its late stumbles.

"This team has played at an awfully high level, and as I look at them a little bit more like I looked at us when I thought we really had a chance to make a run to the Final Four, I look at them in the same way," Izzo said after his team's victory on Friday. "We lost some games early in the Big Ten tournament. As you know, that day when one team plays and the other one doesn't, it's hard. Most of the time I've been on the other side of that shoe, and it's a very difficult thing to do.

"I really think that we got two teams in this league, maybe three, that have a serious chance to make a long, long run (in the NCAAs). Whether we'll play ourselves into anything is yet to be determined, but when you look at Purdue and Ohio State and Wisconsin, they've got a chance, and if there's one thing I understand it's how to get to a Final Four. Those teams have got all the ingredients. (Friday, Purdue) seemed one step behind, which I've been there before, but Matt will get them ready and they'll be good."

Before the major conference games were played on Saturday, Purdue was slotted as the 3 seed in Chicago by Lunardi. Jerry Palm has Purdue as a 2 seed in Chicago. FOXsports.com has the same, a 2 in Chicago. SI.com has Purdue as a 3 seed in Denver.

"I'm not really sure," E'Twaun Moore said after the game of what he thinks will happen on Sunday. "I don't know what those guys go off of or anything. All I know is we've got to be ready to play come tournament time, and we've got to find a way to get wins."

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