It’s a transitional year again for Purdue who failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season last year. The Boilermakers oddly lost four transfers, all of whom saw significant game time last season. But leading scorers Terone Johnson (12 PPG), NBA hopeful AJ Hammons (10.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG), and young point guard Ronnie Johnson (10.8 PPG) return as the team’s stars. Despite going 15-17 overall and 5-13 in the Big Ten a year ago, Purdue played better than the standings would indicate. They took Michigan to OT in a one-point loss in February and came just three points away from knocking off powerhouse Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. With an easier conference schedule this season there’s every reason to believe the team is trending upward.
The Purdue Boilermakers operate under Coach Matt Painter at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. They have never won an NCAA Tournament although they made the title game in 1969 and were a pre-tournament Helms championship in 1932. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 26 times including every year between 2007 and 2012. Purdue won the 2009 Big Ten Tournament and the Big Ten regular season in 2010. They have sent 32 players to the NBA including Brian Cardinal, Carl Landry, Brad Miller, E’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, and Glenn Robinson. The iconic ‘black and old gold’ has certainly left made a mark on college basketball. Get your Purdue basketball tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!