WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – After learning its NCAA destination on Sunday, the No. 4-seeded Purdue men’s basketball team began its preparations for Thursday’s first-round contest against Vermont in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tip is scheduled for 7:27 p.m. ET / 6:27 p.m. CT, in Milwaukee on TruTV.
The Boilermakers/Catamounts battle will be the first game of the second session, as Iowa State and Nevada will square off in the nightcap with the two winners advancing to the Round of 32.
The Boilermakers watched film yesterday and went through about a two-hour practice to prepare for the Catamounts. Purdue will depart for Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon. Purdue’s open practice will be on 4:25 p.m. CT on Wednesday at the Bradley Center.
Caleb Swanigan needs one double-double to own the Big Ten’s single-season record with 27 (Jerry Lucas – three times; Brad Sellers – 26) His 227 rebounds in Big Ten play were the most since Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich had 227 in 1970.
Vincent Edwards needs seven assists to become the second player in school history with 1,000 pts, 500 rebs and 300 asts (E’Twaun Moore).
Head coach Matt Painter has passed Tom Davis for 16th place the Big Ten’s career victories list in league games only with 127 wins. Painter has won 65.1 percent of his games at Purdue. Legendary coach Gene Keady won 65.5 percent of his games at Purdue (1981-05).
Interesting Team Notes
- Purdue’s 29 appearances are the 22nd most in NCAA Tournament history and Purdue’s 35 wins and 63 games are the 28th most.
- Purdue returns to Wisconsin for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since its first tournament appearance in 1969. The Boilermakers won two games behind Rick Mount to advance to the 1969 Final Four.
- Purdue is 19-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament first-round games. Since the 1994 season, Purdue is 14-2 in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament.
- Since the start of February, the four teams in this “pod” are a combined 39-6.
- Purdue’s nine NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 11 years (since 2006-07) are the 10th most in the country (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Wisconsin – 11; Louisville, North Carolina, Villanova, Xavier – 10).
- Purdue is 1-of-4 Big Ten teams to make each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Maryland).
- Purdue has won at least 25 games in six of Painter’s 12 years at Purdue and in seven of his 13 years as a collegiate head coach (25 at SIU in 2003-04).
- Purdue won its league-best 23rd Big Ten Championship and its 12th outright title this year. Purdue won the league crown by two games.
- Purdue has now won two Big Ten regular-season titles in the last eight years. Only Ohio State (3; 2010, 2011, 2012) has more titles in that span.
- The Boilermakers have been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 37 polls, the seventh-longest active streak nationally and longest streak in the Big Ten (Wisconsin – 18). The streak of 37 consecutive weeks being ranked is the second-longest streak in school history.
- Purdue is 28-1 since the start of last year when outrebounding opponents by 10 or more. The lone loss came to Minnesota this year.
- Purdue’s 81.5 free throw percentage in Big Ten play was the second-best percentage in Big Ten history.
- Purdue ranks in the nation’s top 30 in eight statistical categories. The Boilermakers are fourth in assists (18.1), seventh in 3-point percentage (.406), 12th in scoring margin (+13.0), 15th in personal fouls (15.8), 18th in rebound margin (+6.8), 20th in free throw percentage (.764), 21st in assist / turnover ratio (1.38) and 27th in field goal percentage (.480).