All signs point to Purdue winning its 13th consecutive opening round NCAA tournament game tonight.
The No. 3 seed Boilermakers are bigger -- expect 6-foot-10 JaJuan Johnson to dominate No. 14 seed Saint Peter's pair of 6-foot-7 "centers."
The Boilermakers have more tournament experience -- seniors Johnson and E'Twaun Moore are making their fourth consecutive trip, while the Peacocks haven't played in a tournament since 1995.
They have better players -- Johnson is a first-team All-America and widely considered one of the best players in the country with his versatile offensive and defensive presence. Moore has explosive scoring ability.
Of course, though, Purdue is coming off two losses in which it did not play well at all. But I can't imagine that'd matter at this point -- this is a veteran team that is focused and will be ready and not overlook its competition.
My prediction is Purdue wins easily.
- President Obama picked Purdue to reach the Elite 8 in his bracket, which included a victory over Notre Dame in the Sweet 16. When ESPN's Andy Katz asked Obama about the rivarly, Obama said, "Tough one. But in the end, I think that Purdue is going to be able to pull it out."
Obama picked Purdue to get upset by Siena in the first round last year.
"It's kind of cool, I guess, in a way, that the President picks us to go to the Elite 8," JaJuan Johnson said. "But it's the reason that you play the games. I guess those people that they have us beating, I know they're not probably too happy about that. So we've just got to go out there and play hard and hopefully get some wins."