Purdue March Madness Schedule: When do the Boilermakers play next? (updated March 12)

Purdue is a great bet at +800 to win their first national title in school history (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Purdue is a great bet at +800 to win their first national title in school history (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

When do the Purdue Boilermakers begin their pursuit of a March Madness title? Hopefully, with as much rest as possible between their slugfest Big Ten final with the Penn State Nittany Lions and the opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Despite a powerhouse performance from 7-4 terror Zach Edey, it’s clear this team could use both a breather and some practice with the press prior to beginning their vengeful attack on the rest of the East Regional.

At the moment, all we know is that Purdue will begin their journey through the bracket on Friday, March 17 against the winner of Texas Southern/FDU. That means Boilermaker fans will be watching the First Four intently this week, and not just for the chance to laugh at the Pitt Panthers for falling out of favor.

That battle will take place at the relatively friendly venue of Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

Purdue Boilermakers March Madness schedule: How to Watch

A complete March Madness streaming guide can be found behind this link — we can’t wait to experience the all-new March Madness Live, with revamped multi-game coverage opportunities.

As always, Matt Painter’s tourney run will air on the CBS family of networks: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV, which is Channel 246 for all DirecTV subscribers. Now you know, as long as you also know a DirecTV subscriber.

Skeptics ran rampant after watching Purdue nearly gag away a large double-digit lead during the final six minutes against the shoulda-been-gassed Nittany Lions. Still, this team has an interior presence unlike anyone else’s, and they have a potentially juicy Round of 32 matchup with an upstart Florida Atlantic team ahead of them.

It’s time for the rest of Edey’s teammates to grow up and thrive in the spotlight — well, maybe not grow physically, but a little mental edge could go a long way. The Road to the Final Four ends in Houston, but it starts in Columbus — and soon.