8. Purdue Boilermakers
Losing Jon Octeus is a big blow to the Boilermakers, as he was third in scoring, second in rebounding and led the team in assists this past season. However, this team got better mainly thanks to the lightbulb finally going off for A.J. Hammons and the pairing of him with freshman big man Isaac Haas.
It’s a combination of big men that most teams in the B1G can’t compete with, and it could be a big advantage to this squad. Add in a returning Raphael Davis, the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year, and you have three big time pieces to the puzzle.
The problem is, Purdue was still very inconsistent last season and still struggled to score points in games that really counted. Being another year older and hopefully wiser should help Matt Painter’s crew do good things in 2015-16.
It still will be an uphill battle to get out of the middle of the pack when you look at al the talent and teams in front of them though. This team could surprise, but expect them to finish mid-pack in 2015-16 if you ask me.
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