Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball

14 Sep 2019

The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a school basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and is a part of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball has the very Big Ten Championships with 24. [2] The Boilermakers have attained two NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The 1931–32 team was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. [3][4] Purdue has sent more than 30 players to the NBA, including 2 complete No. 1 picks in the NBA draft. Purdue shares a traditional rivalry with in-state foe Indiana University, and directs the all times show 120–89 over them.
Purdue was seeded 2nd in the East Region of this 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, their highest seed lately. From the first round, they faced Cal State Fullerton Titans, winning 74-48. However, many Purdue fan’s hearts broke at the second half of this match, as mature Center Isaac Haas fell on his elbow because he battled to get a rally, and broke his elbow as he struck the ground, ending his Purdue Basketball career. Purdue’s second round game was against Butler Bulldogs, whom Purdue had already played earlier in the season. The Boilers would win the game on a last second shot by Dakota Mathias, winning 76–73 ahead of the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season. From the Sweet Sixteen, Purdue confronted the third seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Boilers goes on to drop in disappointing style 65-78, ending their season with 30 wins, the most wins in program history.
In 2019, Purdue was seeded 3rd in the South Region of this 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, following yet another strong season. In the initial round, they destroyed a 26–8 Old Dominion team which was coming off a Conference USA championship, winning 61–48. In the second round, they handedly defeated #6 seed Villanova, sending the defending champs home early after an 87–61 victory, and advancing to their third straight Sweet Sixteen under Matt Painter. The Boilermakers ran into to their first test with the Tennessee Volunteers that were # 2. After a back and forth contest that included 17 lead changes and needed overtime to be determined, Purdue came out victorious, beating the Vols 99–94 to achieve their first Elite Eight in almost 20 decades. From the Elite Eight, Purdue faced the #1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers in what would be another back and forth thriller. After several lead changes throughout the game, Purdue headed 70–67 with 5.9 seconds left and looked to be headed for their first Final Four since 1980 when Virginia’s Ty Jerome missed the second free throw of two. Virginia managed to think of the offensive rebound however, and after chasing the loose ball, Mamadi Diakite pinpointed a Hail Mary – kind jumpshot in the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The Boilers were once again looking towards the large dance, leading 75–74 with 43 seconds to go, but Virginia managed to hold Purdue scoreless over the last moment and prevailed 80–75, finishing the Boilermakers season with 26 wins and their first Elite Eight appearance since 2000.

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