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After a head-scratching loss to Marquette earlier this week, the Purdue men's basketball team returned home to Mackey Arena Saturday afternoon to try to make it back to .500 on the season. And, as happened the last time the two teams played, in 2017, the Boilers easily defeated Chicago State  -- this time 93-49.

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The Purdue Men's basketball team is now 1-0 on the season after a 79-57 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay -- a question easily answered after the unveiling of the team's 24th Big Ten regular season championship banner, commemorating a 2018-2019 season that went better than almost anyone predicted.

Now come the harder questions for Head Coach Matt Painter's team.

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Before another season of Big Ten Basketball could continue in West Lafayette, the crowd at Mackey Arena Thursday paid tribute to Tyler Trent, a former Purdue student turned national sensation, who died earlier in the week from a rare form of bone cancer. A moment of silence was held prior to the start.

Once the game started there was not a quiet moment for the rest of the night. Both teams shot well, but Iowa allowing Purdue 13 points off turnovers in the first half helped the Boilermakers jump out to a 17-point halftime lead that they'd never fully relinquish.


Coming off a tough loss to Michigan last week, the Purdue men's basketball team bounced back by grinding out a hard-fought win, 62-60, in their Big Ten home opener Thursday against 23rd-ranked Maryland. 

Purdue's defense did force multiple shot clock violations down the stretch, but cold shooting on both ends of the court dominated the last few minutes of the game. Maryland did not make a field goal in the last 4:20 of the game and Purdue failed to hit one for the last 5:18.