Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball
The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and is a part of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball gets the most Big Ten Championships with 24.  The Boilermakers have reached two NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The 1931–32 team has been retroactively named the national winner by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.  Purdue has delivered over 30 players into the NBA, for example 2 overall No. 1 picks in the NBA draft. Purdue shares a traditional competition with in-state foe Indiana University, also directs the all times series 120–89 over them.
Purdue was seeded 2nd in the East Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, their highest seed lately. In the first round, they faced Cal State Fullerton Titans, winning 74-48. But many Purdue lover’s hearts broke at the second half of the game, as senior Center Isaac Haas dropped on his elbow because he fought for a rebound, and broke his elbow as he struck the floor, finishing his Purdue Basketball career. Purdue’s second round game was against Butler Bulldogs, whom Purdue had already played earlier in this season. The Boilers would win the match on a last second shot by Dakota Mathias, winning 76–73 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season. In the Sweet Sixteen, Purdue confronted the third seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Boilers goes on to lose in disappointing fashion 65-78, finishing 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 Tournament, after another strong season. From the first round, they destroyed a 26–8 Old Dominion team that was coming from a Conference USA championship, winning 61–48. At the next 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 for their first real test with the Tennessee Volunteers. After a back and forth contest that comprised 17 lead changes and needed overtime to be determined, Purdue came out victorious, beating the Vols 99–94 to reach their first Elite Eight in nearly 20 years. From the Elite Eight, Purdue faced the #1 Billion Virginia Cavaliers in what is another back and forth thriller. After several lead changes during the game, Purdue led 70–67 with 5.9 seconds left and appeared 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 come up with the offensive rebound however, and after chasing down the loose ball, Mamadi Diakite pinpointed a Hail Mary – kind jumpshot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The Boilers were 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 his first Elite Eight appearance since 2000.
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