Purdue Draws Marquette in Gavitt Games
May 24, 2017

2017-18 Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten and Big East Conferences announced Wednesday that Purdue will travel to Marquette for the third annual Gavitt Games.

The contest will be played Tuesday, Nov. 14, and be televised by FS1 (Fox Sports 1). It will be the second game of the season for the Boilermakers.

The contest is the fifth known opponent of the 2017-18 season as pieces of the schedule are coming together. Earlier this year, it was announced that Purdue will compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis over Thanksgiving Break, in addition to the Crossroads Classic tilt against Butler on Dec. 16.

It will be Purdue’s second appearance in the Games, falling to defending National Champion Villanova 79-76 in a memorable Mackey Arena contest last November.

Purdue will also be returning to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, where the Boilermakers won their first two NCAA Tournament games in March en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.

Purdue owns an 8-0 all-time record against Marquette, but hasn’t faced the Golden Eagles in almost 50 years, last playing in the 1969 NCAA Tournament Regional Final, won by Purdue 75-73 in overtime. The victory enabled the Boilermakers to reach the Final Four, where they lost to UCLA in the finals.

Marquette posted a 19-13 record a year ago, falling to South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. During the season, the Eagles posted two wins over Xavier and Creighton and wins over Villanova, Seton Hall, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Head coach Steve Wojciechowski returns three starters off last year’s team, including leading scorer and rising sophomore Markus Howard (13.2 PPG; 54.7 percent from 3P range). As a team, Marquette shot 42.9 percent from long range to lead the country.

Purdue is coming off a 27-8 season, a Big Ten regular-season conference championship and an appearance in the Sweet 16, and will return at least three starters from last year’s squad. Head coach Matt Painter is awaiting NBA Draft decisions by both Vincent Edwards and Caleb Swanigan.
 

 

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