Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball

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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 has got the most Big Ten Championships with 24. [2] The Boilermakers have reached 2 NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The 1931–32 group has been 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 into the NBA, for example 2 complete No. 1 picks in the NBA draft. Purdue stocks a traditional rivalry with in-state foe Indiana University, and directs the all times show 120–89 within them.
Purdue was seeded 2nd in the East Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, their greatest seed in recent history. In the first round, they faced Cal State Fullerton Titans. However, many Purdue fan’s hearts broke at the second half of the match, as senior Center Isaac Haas dropped on his elbow as he battled for a rebound, and broke his knee as he hit the floor, ending his Purdue Basketball career. Purdue’s next round game was against Butler Bulldogs, whom Purdue had already played earlier in this season. The Boilers would win the game on a last second shot by Dakota Mathias, winning 76–73 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season. From the Sweet Sixteen, Purdue confronted the third seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Boilers would go on to drop 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 the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, following yet another strong season. In the first round, they destroyed a 26–8 Old Dominion team that was coming from a Conference USA championship, winning 61–48. In the second round, they handedly conquered #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 real test with the Tennessee Volunteers that were 2. After a back and forth contest that included 17 lead changes and needed to be decided, Purdue came out victorious, beating the Vols 99–94 to reach their first Elite Eight in almost 20 years. From the Elite Eight, Purdue confronted the #1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers in what would be another back and forth thriller. After several lead changes during the match, 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 nailed a Hail Mary – kind jumpshot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The Boilers were once again looking towards the big dance, leading 75–74 with 43 seconds to go, but Virginia managed to hold Purdue scoreless over the last moment and prevailed 80–75, ending the Boilermakers season with 26 wins and their first Elite Eight appearance since 2000.

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