Purdue Named National Team of the Week
Jan. 15, 2018

NCAA Release / Ticket Information

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Following two impressive wins on the road, the No. 5-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team was named the NCAA.com National Team of the Week, the organization announced Monday.

The Boilermakers enter Tuesday’s contest with Wisconsin with a 17-2 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the Big Ten standings, tied atop the league standings with Ohio State.

Purdue showed its grit in last Tuesday’s win over Michigan, rallying for a 70-69 victory, using a 7-2 run over the last three minutes to give the Boilermakers their first win at the Crisler Center since Feb. 2012. Carsen Edwards scored eight of Purdue’s last 12 points and finished the game with 19 points.

Saturday’s game played out completely different than Tuesday’s win as the Boilermakers dominated from start to finish in an 81-47 win over Minnesota, which was the Golden Gophers’ second-worst home loss in the 91-year history of Williams Arena. Vincent Edwards continued his standout senior season with 25 points and five rebounds and Purdue’s senior class scored 51 of its 81 points.

Purdue’s 17-2 record matches the program’s best 19-game start in school history (1987-88, 1993-94) and the 6-0 league record is the team’s best since the 1989-90 season (8-0). It is just the third start of 6-0 or better in Big Ten play in school history.

Purdue ranks in the nation’s top 50 in 12-of-17 statistical categories, including being the nation’s leader in scoring margin (+22.3). Purdue is 1-of-2 teams nationally to rank in the nation’s top 20 in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The Boilermakers showcase offensive balance, being 1-of-6 teams nationally with four players averaging at least 13.0 points per game.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game against Wisconsin are still available by calling 800.49SPORT or online at PurdueSports.com. The game is the annual T-shirt game and Purdue Athletics will hand out 15,000 shirts to create a visually-stunning display for ESPN’s “Super Tuesday” national broadcast.
 

 

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