The 2012-2013 college basketball season starts a new era for Purdue as every member of the famed "Baby Boilers" team is gone. With a top 20, four-member recruiting class, and only one senior, this is a season that will definitely have some ups-and-downs. If you're a Purdue fan expecting this team to compete for a Big Ten title then you're going to be disappointed because I guarantee you they won't. But the realistic expectations should be to just make the NCAA Tournament. That will define whether or not Purdue had a successful season.
The makeup of this team is unlike any of the Purdue teams that head coach Matt Painter has ever had. In the past, the Boilermakers have been mainly made up of three-guard -- sometimes even four-guard -- lineups and sacrificed rebounding and interior defense by having a plethora of 3-point shooters. This year Purdue is the complete opposite. There is a stable full of big men and only one consistent 3-point shooter on the entire roster. For Purdue to win, they will have to grind games out and rebound at a Michigan State-type level.