Nov. 15, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Eight Purdue squads are in action this weekend, as fall sports enter their stretch run and winter teams are getting revved up.
While the only home events are a Saturday wrestling dual against Duke (2 p.m. - more on that later) and a Sunday men's basketball game against Rider (7 p.m.), six other teams are in action on the road.
Men's swimming, which got under way at the Minnesota Grand Prix yesterday, continues competition today and tomorrow. Both cross country teams run at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Madison, Wis., this afternoon. Volleyball continues a stretch of four straight road matches at Northwestern tonight and at Illinois tomorrow. Football visits Penn State tomorrow. And women's basketball travels to Toledo, which is coached by former Purdue player Tricia Cullop (1990-93), on Sunday afternoon.
With six matches remaining, the 18th-ranked volleyball team is in seventh place in the Big Ten, one game behind Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers are 16-9 overall and 7-7 in the Big Ten. Click here for the conference standings.
Wrestling Celebrates 100 Years
In conjunction with its first home dual of the season Saturday afternoon against Duke, wrestling will celebrate 100 years as a sport at Purdue. More than 100 Boilermakers spanning the last seven decades - including 1950 128-pound national champion Joe Patacsil - are expected back and will be introduced at 1 p.m., prior to the competition that will begin at 2 p.m. in Holloway Gymnasium. This year's Boilermakers, ranked No. 23, opened the season last Saturday at the Michigan State Open and had five placewinners. Redshirt junior Braden Atwood led the way as the 197-pound runner-up.
Swimmers Honored by Big Ten
Senior Carly Mercer and freshman Filip Bujoczek earned Big Ten honors for their performances at last Friday's November Quad meet. Mercer was named the conference Female Swimmer of the Week for the second time in her career after sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events and contributing to a Purdue win in the 400 free relay. Bujoczek, meanwhile, was recognized as the conference Male Freshman Swimmer of the Week after winning the 200 free, finishing second in the 500 free and helping the Boilermakers' top 400 free relay team place second.
Purdue First: All Students Get Men's Basketball Tickets via Phones
More than 4,800 men's basketball season tickets were sold to Purdue students for the 2013-14 season, and they were all distributed exclusively via mobile phones. According to ticket company and technology leader Paciolan, Purdue becomes the first school to dispense 100 percent of a type of season ticket via mobile phones.
Football Banquet Tickets on Sale
There is still time to order tickets for the 93rd-annual Purdue Football-Kiwanis Senior Appreciation Banquet, which will take place Dec. 8 at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Tickets are $30 each. The festivities will begin at 12:45 p.m. and will feature player awards, season highlights and coaches comments. If you buy six or seven tickets at a table, the remaining one or two seats will be filled with a member(s) of the football team. For more information, call Jerry Schmaltz at 765-464-1305. Click here for a ticket order form.
If you missed any of the news about high school student-athletes signing National Letters of Intent with Purdue, be sure to check purduesports.com for all the details ... Purdue fans attending the football game at Penn State tomorrow, please note that backpacks, diaper bags, purses and string bags are prohibited items at Beaver Stadium ... Former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees (1997-2000) was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints' 49-17 win over Dallas on Sunday night. He completed 19 straight passes at one point in the first half. Since 2006, Brees has won 16 player of the week awards, tying him with New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady for the most over that span ... Former men's basketball player Robbie Hummel (2008-12) made his first NBA start Wednesday and scored 10 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 124-95 win over Cleveland ... Through Wednesday's games, Big Ten men's basketball teams were 23-1 in non-conference action and women's basketball squads were 20-4. Both Purdue teams are 2-0 ... The 2014 baseball schedule has been announced ... The Purdue club golf team has qualified for the fall 2013 National Collegiate Club Golf Association National Championship at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The two-day stroke-play tournament takes place tomorrow and Sunday.