Tracking the Boilermakers
Oct. 20, 2017

Saturday / Noon / at Rutgers / BTN
Friday / 7 p.m. / at Penn State / LionVision
Friday / 8 p.m. / Penn State / BTN Plus
Saturday / 7 p.m. / Rutgers / BTN Plus

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 17 volleyball (15-4, 5-3 B1G) wraps up an eye-popping three-match stretch against top 10 opponents when No. 1 Penn State (17-1, 7-1) visits Holloway Gymnasium at 8 p.m. ET today.

The Boilermakers, who played No. 6 Minnesota and No. 4 Nebraska last week, also are home on Belin Court tomorrow tonight against Rutgers (5-15, 0-8) at 7 o'clock. Limited tickets remain.

Purdue is in sixth place in the Big Ten standings. Penn State and Nebraska are tied for first, followed by Michigan State and Minnesota (7-2) tied for third, and Illinois (6-2) fifth.

Football Kicks off Second Half at Rutgers

Football (3-3, 1-2 B1G) kicks off the second half of the season against Rutgers (2-4, 1-2) at noon ET tomorrow in Piscataway, New Jersey. It will be the first-ever matchup between the Boilermakers and the Scarlet Knights.

The game will be televised by BTN.

Purdue's defense has been stout. Consider:

* The Boilermakers have allowed 18.1 fewer points per game through six games (20.2) than it did all of last season (38.3) - the second-best improvement in the country.

* Purdue has amassed 15 takeaways with nine fumble recoveries and six interceptions. That total is the most through six games since 2007.

Offensively, Purdue quarterbacks have been among the best in the country at spreading the ball around to different receivers. Fifteen players have caught at least one pass, with an average of eight and a half having at least one reception per game. Six Boilermakers have caught at least one touchdown.

Purdue returns home to Ross-Ade Stadium to face Nebraska on Oct. 28. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and tickets are available here. It is the Boilermakers' Hammer Down Cancer Game.

Soccer Aiming for Big Ten Tournament Spot

With two games remaining, soccer (9-6-1, 4-4-1) is aiming to secure a spot in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers in eighth place with 13 points, and the top eight teams make the tournament. They trail fifth-place Rutgers by two points, sixth-place Nebraska and Wisconsin by one, and lead ninth-place Iowa by two. The complete conference standings are here.

Purdue plays at No. 9 Penn State (10-3-2, 6-1-2), which is in second place, tonight and hosts Maryland (7-7-2, 1-7-1), which is last in the conference, Oct. 25 at Folk Field.

The Big Ten Tournament will be played Oct. 29, Nov. 3 and Nov. 5.

Men's Swimming Hosts Indiana Intercollegiates

The Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center is host to the Indiana Intercollegiates for men's swimming tomorrow beginning at noon ET.

Purdue (2-0) will race against DePauw, Evansville, Manchester, Rose-Hulman, Valparaiso and Wabash.

Last night, the men's and women's teams combined to win 20 events and sweep South Carolina at home. The men were victorious 157-142 over the No. 16 Gamecocks, while the women claimed a 174.5-123.5 decision.

Five Boilermakers won multiple events: senior Marat Amaltdinov (100 and 200 breaststroke); redshirt junior Steele Johnson (1-meter and 3-meter diving); junior Taite Kitchel (100 and 200 butterfly), senior Kaersten Meitz (200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle) and junior Joe Young (100 backstroke and 100 butterfly).

In their season-opening 223-67 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 13, the men finished first in all 16 events.

Johnson was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week after sweeping the springboard events, while Ryan Lawrence earned Freshman of the Week honors after winning the 50 freestyle and swimming the anchor leg on the victorious 200 medley and 400 free relays.

On the women's side against Miami, Kitchel won the 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and was part of the victorious 200 medley relay, leading Purdue to a 194-105 win.

The women's team (2-0) is back in action Oct. 27 against Notre Dame. The men also face the Fighting Irish that day at Holloway Pool.

Admission is free for all Purdue regular-season home meets.

Ambrosio Runner-Up at ITA Regionals

Junior Silvia Ambrosio, a transfer from Marquette, finished as runner-up at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, which wrapped up Oct. 16 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She posted a 6-1 singles record, including five straight-set victories, and earned a spot in the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships beginning Nov. 1 in Indian Wells, California.

Freshman Ena Babic went 3-1, advancing it to the round of 16.

All told, the six Boilermakers who competed at the regional championships combined to go 14-6 in singles play.

The Boilermakers compete at the Hoosier Invite in Bloomington today through Sunday.

Basketball Fan Day Tomorrow

Men's and women's basketball will hold their annual Fan Day tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET at Mackey Arena. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Fans can pick up the 2017-18 schedule posters and get them autographed from 10:45 until approximately 11:45 a.m. The men's team will scrimmage at 12:15 p.m.

The football game against Rutgers will be shown on the new videoboards beginning at noon.

Season tickets for both men's and women's basketball will be available for purchase. In addition, single-game tickets for the men's game against Rutgers on Jan. 3 will be sold for just $10 and for the women's game against Indiana on Feb. 12 for $5.

An Afternoon with Coach Keady and Coach Knight

Tickets still are available for An Afternoon with Coach Keady and Coach Knight, set for 3 p.m. ET on Oct. 29 at the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus.

There is a special promotion of $5 off tickets in zones B and C, which is available by clicking here and entering the promo code KEADYOFFER5.

Hall of Fame men's basketball coaches Gene Keady and Bob Knight combined to take their teams to 46 NCAA tournaments and win 17 Big Ten Conference championships.

Big Ten Basketball Schedule Changes Announced

The Big Ten Conference has announced changes to the format of future men's and women's basketball schedules. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the men's schedule will increase to 20 conference games and the women's schedule will feature 18 conference contests.

Under the new men's format, teams will play seven opponents twice and six teams once (three home, three away) each season. The three in-state rivalries, including Purdue-Indiana, will be played twice annually, while the new schedule also will include a regional component to increase the frequency of games among teams in similar areas. Over the course of a six-year cycle (12 playing opportunities), in-state rivals will play each other 12 times, regional opponents will play 10 times and all other teams will play nine times.

The updated women's format will allow teams to play five opponents twice and eight teams once (four home, four away) each season. A similar model that emphasizes in-state rivalries and competition between regional opponents also will be implemented.


The Purdue and Indiana State men's basketball teams will square off in a charity exhibition game Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mackey Arena. Proceeds will go to hurricane relief efforts ... Men's basketball is ranked No. 21 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll ... Senior Vincent Edwards is one of 20 players named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, given to the nation's top small forward ... Men's tennis began play at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships yesterday in Knoxville, Tennessee ... Cross country runs at the Illinois Open today. The women's 5,000-meter race starts at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the men's 8,000-meter race at 5:40 p.m. ... Senior golfer Brian Carlson continued his strong fall season, finishing in a second-place tie at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel, Indiana, on Oct. 17. It marked his sixth career top five finish and his 10th career top 10 showing, good for eighth on the school list. The Boilermakers, who finished fourth as a team, wrap up their fall season at the Tavistock Invitational in Windermere, Florida, from Oct. 22 to 24 ... The home volleyball match against Michigan has been moved from its original date of Nov. 25 to Wednesday, Nov. 22, with a start time of 7 p.m. ET. Senior Night has been rescheduled for Nov. 24 ... A trio of Boilermakers are on season-opening NBA rosters: A.J. Hammons (2013-16) with the Miami Heat, E'Twaun Moore (2008-11) with the New Orleans Pelicans and Caleb Swanigan (2016-17) with the Portland Trailblazers ... Guests on this week's Purdue Athletics Podcast are football fifth-year senior Josh Okonye and basketball sophomore Ae'Rianna Harris.


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