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The last outing for the Purdue men's basketball team, against an unranked Illinois squad, resulted in the team's lowest point total in 70 years (in a 63-37 loss). So the Boilermaker offense had a lot of work to do before facing #19 Michigan in Ann Arbor Thursday.

In their first of three straight games against top-25 opponents, the Boilermakers fell to the Wolverines, but forced them into double overtime to do it, 84-78. While the offense did improve, the visitors were simply outlasted by the more talented home squad.

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The beginning to a new year is always a time of great excitement and promise. So many things to look forward to and goals to achieve.

The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers delivered on the promise of excitement with a double overtime thriller in Mackey Arena to get the year started Thursday.

Purdue was able to overcome a sometimes sloppy performance (15 turnovers, a season high) to secure its eighth win of the season, as neither team was able to build much of a lead throughout the game.

Maybe it was holiday home cooking. Or perhaps it was just a comfortable arena and an overmatched mid-major opponent.

Either way, the Purdue men's basketball team returned home to Mackey Arena Saturday after a lackluster three-game swing across the Midwest, and produced one of its best offensive perfromances of the season in a 97-62 drubbing of Central Michigan.

Purdue won just one of three games away from West Lafayette, including losses to Nebraska and Butler that both featured poor offensive performances.

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In 49 states it's just basketball, but in Indiana and at the Crossroads Classic it means a little something more. It means bragging rights against in-state rivals and more importantly an opportunity to define a team's early season.

More often than not, this tournament has been a disappointment for Purdue's men's basketball team which came in with a 2-6 record all-time in the event. That trend continued Saturday, as Purdue lost 70-61 to the 17th-ranked Butler Bulldogs at Indianapolis' Banker's Life Fieldhouse. 

Purdue Men Miss 29 Three-point Attempts, Lose To Nebraska

Dec 15, 2019
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It's common in NCAA basketball for teams to go on runs -- even teams that seem far behind.

So when Nebraska opened Sunday's game against Purdue with a 12-2 spurt, it wasn't shocking to see the Boilermakers respond with a run of their own to make it 14-14 -- or for Nebraska (5-6, 1-1 Big Ten) to play the rest of the half strongly and take a 34-23 lead into the break.

And though Purdue (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) seemed to get a boost to what was a poor shooting night when Nojel Eastern opened the second half with an emphatic, driving slam dunk, the Boilers' shooting woes returned.

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After a statement win against fifth-ranked Virginia earlier this week, the Purdue Men's basketball team opened the Big Ten regular season campaign at home against Northwestern Sunday, in a game that again pointed out this season's up-and-down offense. The 58-44 victory was relatively easy, but showed vulnerability as the conference season gets underway.

Both teams seemed to be allergic to scoring early in the ballgame, logging empty possession after empty possession. Northwestern shot just 27 percent in the first half, hitting only six shots.

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The Purdue Men's basketball team feasted in its last home game before Thanksgiving Saturday, cruising to a 74-40 victory.

Purdue used a 20-8 run from the opening tip to take a commanding lead that they never relinquished. The Boilers had a stellar night shooting the basketball, especially in the first half, when they hit nearly 70 percent of their shots. While they did wobble through a scoring drought in the game's closing minutes, they still shot 55 percent on the night.

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The Purdue men's basketball team had won all of its meetings against the Marquette Golden Eagles prior to Wednesday's game. They were a perfect 9-0, dating back to early last century. That streak, like Purdue's home win streak that was snapped against Texas last weekend, came to an end as Purdue fell 65-55 in Milwaukee.

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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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When a team's best defender rolls his ankle during warmups, the best a coach can hope for is the type of opposition shooting night Purdue lucked into in its first round NCAA Tournament win over Old Dominion Thursday, 61-48.

Nojel Eastern didn't start, but Purdue didn't seem to need him, as the Monarchs shot just 27 percent from the field and saw only three different players score in the game's first 28 minutes.