Your Purdue Boilermakers, coming on the heels of the second Big Ten Tournament championship in school history (both won by Matt Painter), have been sent to the East Region to compete for an elusive NCAA Tournament crown.
Their ride to the championship begins … on Friday, March 17, which is a nice break while some very tuckered-out Boilermakers wait out the First Four in Dayton.
The time of their first matchup is still TBD, but what we do know about their upcoming game (and hopefully the Round of 32 game to follow) is that it will be taking place in friendly territory in Columbus, OH.
Nationwide Arena will be rocking, but from there, the (hopefully victorious) Boilermakers will have to take on the Big City for the remainder of the East Regional: New York, New York.
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Yup. The next venue for Purdue will be Madison Square Garden in New York, where the East Regional wraps next weekend on Thursday, March 23 and Saturday, March 25.
Best-case scenario? The East Region gets littered with a few upsets, allowing Purdue to face off with the likes of Oral Roberts and Louisiana rather than Coach Jon Scheyer and the Duke Blue Devils, who’ve been devilish lately and are coming off an ACC Title.
From there, if Purdue’s able to pull off the good stuff, they’ll compete for a championship at the Final Four in Houston at NRG Stadium.
Ideally, the sightlines are a little bit better than when the proceedings ended there in 2011 and Butler/UCONN learned more about the sound of clanging iron in two hours than anyone could’ve dreamed of.