July 9, 20092009-10 Men's Basketball Non-conference Schedule
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A loaded tournament in the Virgin Islands, a trip to SEC country and home games against teams from the ACC and Big East highlight the Purdue basketball 2009-10 non-conference schedule.
The Boilermakers will potentially face six teams from BCS conferences during its non-conference schedule.
"We've always scheduled according to the team that we have," said head coach Matt Painter. "We have a lot of veterans on this team, so we felt like we should challenge ourselves early and often in the non-conference. This schedule certainly does that"
Purdue opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 13 at home against Cal-State Northridge. The Boilermakers will compete in the Paradise Jam from Nov. 20 to 23 on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After a first-round game against South Dakota State on Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, the Boilermakers will face either St. Joseph's (Pa.) or Boston College in the second round. The other side of the bracket features DePaul, Northern Iowa, East Carolina and Tennessee. The complete bracket can be found at paradisejam.com.
The Boilermakers return home to host Central Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 28.
For the second-consecutive year, Purdue will be at home in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Boilermakers will host Wake Forest on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Purdue will have home games against in-state foes Ball State on Dec. 5 and Valparaiso on Dec. 9.
"We will always try to play teams from the state of Indiana," said Painter. "We think it's good for both schools and more importantly, our fans."
The Boilermakers will travel to Alabama on Saturday, Dec. 12. The Boilermakers are 3-2 against the Crimson Tide all-time and have not visited Tuscaloosa since 1976.
"Our trip to Alabama will be a great challenge for us," said Painter. "We are looking forward to a very competitive series."
The Wooden Tradition is on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The opponent of the event is not yet known. Purdue will face SIU-Edwardsville before the holiday break on Dec. 22 in Mackey Arena.
The final non-conference contest will be against West Virginia in Mackey Arena on Jan. 1. The Mountaineers and Boilermakers last met in Dec. 25, 1980, in New York City. Purdue is 4-0 against West Virginia.
"Our game against West Virginia should be a great test right as we begin competition in the Big Ten," said Painter. "Coach Huggins' teams always play extremely hard and are very talented. New Years Day should be an exciting one in Mackey Arena."
Purdue's exhibition games are on Nov. 3, against California of Pennsylvania and against Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 9.
Times and television information along with the conference portion of the 2009-10 schedule is expected during the first couple weeks of August.
Continue to check purduesports.com for the latest information on the schedule and Purdue basketball.
Tickets for the 2009-10 season will go on sale, Monday, Aug. 3. The priority deadline is set for Aug. 28. Public upper arena tickets will be priced at $358 for 18 games. Public lower arena tickets are $470 and assigned by the John Purdue Club priority point system.
Student tickets are only available by purchasing the VIP All-Sport Card for $225. Fewer than 500 VIP All-Sport Cards remain for the 2009-10 season.
2009-10 Purdue Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 3 - California of Pennsylvania (Exhibition)
Nov. 9 - Kentucky Wesleyan (Exhibition)
Nov. 13 - Cal State Northridge
Nov. 20-23 - Paradise Jam
Nov. 28 - Central Michigan
Dec. 1 - Wake Forest
Dec. 5 - Ball State
Dec. 9 - Valparaiso
Dec. 12 - at Alabama
Dec. 19 - Wooden Tradition (Opponent TBA)
Dec. 22 - SIU-Edwardsville
Jan. 1 - West Virginia