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As Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday, Purdue has the easiest road to Big Ten's top seed

As Maryland visits No. 6 Michigan on Saturday, Purdue has the easiest road to Big Ten's top seed

As much as beating No. 12 Purdue on Tuesday helped No. 24 Maryland stay in contention for a Big Ten regular-season title heading into Saturday’s game at No. 6 Michigan, the loss to the Terps didn’t damage the Boilermakers too much.

The reason?

Of its seven remaining games, Purdue doesn’t play a single team with a winning record in Big Ten play. In fact, the Boilermakers start and finish the backstretch of their schedule with the two worst teams in the Big Ten — Penn State (2-11) and Northwestern (3-10).

About the only obstacle in the way of Purdue coach Matt Painter’s team winning its second Big Ten regular-season title in the past three years is the fact that the...

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