No. 3 seed Purdue (21-8, 10-6) vs. winner of No. 6 seed Illinois (16-12, 9-7)/No. 11 seed Wisconsin (11-18, 3-13)
Tipoff: approximately 3 p.m. ET on Friday, March 8 Location: Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Sears Centre Arena (10,000) Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Eric Collins providing play-by-play, Stephanie White analysis and Lisa Byington sideline reporting. Live Stats: available via Gametracker at purduesports.com Radio: live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis. Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and is receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll. Illinois and Wisconsin are unranked.
Join the Sendoff
The Purdue Alumni Association, the Purdue Athletic Department and the BOILERmaker NETwork will send off the 25th-ranked Purdue women's basketball team to the 2013 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday at noon. fans are encouraged to meet at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex lower parking lot (next to the 18th green off Cherry Lane) to give the women's basketball team a rousing sendoff. The team will be arriving at approximately 12:40 p.m. and the bus will depart at 1 p.m.
Purdue In The Big Ten Tournament
The third-place Boilermakers head to Hoffman Estates, Ill., as the No. 3 seed and the conference team with the most Big Ten Tournament success. Purdue has posted a 34-10 record in Big Ten Tournament games, including coach Versyp's 12-3 record, has won a conference-best eight tournament titles and has made it to the championship game in 12 of the 18 tournaments.
By The Numbers
Purdue is the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth time and has advanced to the championship game the four times prior. The last time the Boilermakers were the No. 3 seed was in 2009 when they made it to the championship game, but lost 67-66 to top-seed Ohio State. Purdue won the championship the three other times it has been the three seed - 2000, 2003, 2008. Last year, Purdue took home the title as the four-seed. The Boilermakers have only been out of the top five seeds once (the No. 7 seed in 2011) and therefore only played on the opening day of the Big Ten Tournament one time in the 19-year history of the event.
A round-by-round look at Purdue's Big Ten Tournament performances through the years:
First Round - 1-0
Quarterfinals - 13-5
Semifinals - 12-1
Championship - 8-4
2012 Big Ten Tournament
Last season, the No. 4 seed Boilermakers won a conference record eighth Big Ten Tournament title. Purdue got things started by beating No. 5 seed Michigan State 73-64 in the quarterfinals behind Brittany Rayburn's 29 points. In the semifinals, Purdue took down No. 1 seed Penn State 68-66, while being led in scoring by Courtney Moses' 21 points. The Boilermakers took home the championship in a double-overtime thriller over No. 6 seed Nebraska 74-70. KK Houser led the team with 19 points.
First Time In Illinois
The Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament is being held in the Chicago area for the first time in the 19-year history of the event. Indianapolis has served as the host city 17 times, while in 2001, the tournament was held at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Neutral Court Results
Purdue's quarterfinal game Friday will be the Boilermakers' fourth neutral site game of the season. The Boilermakers are 115-63 all time on neutral courts, including 2-1 this season with wins against Marist and Wake Forest and a loss to No. 2 UConn in the USVI Paradise Jam in St. Thomas on Nov. 22, 23 and 24.
Purdue Vs. The Big Ten Conference
The Boilermakers are 405-224 all time against teams in the Big Ten Conference, including 350-176 in league games. Purdue has the highest winning percentage vs. Illinois (50-16, .758), followed by Michigan (49-16, .754) and Wisconsin (45-17, .726). Purdue is 41-17 (.707) versus the Gophers, 44-19 (.698) against Northwestern, 2-1 (.667) when playing Nebraska, 50-26 (.658) when taking on instate rival Indiana and 26-17 (.605) against Penn State. Purdue is 37-27 (.578) versus Michigan State and holds a 35-28 (.556) record versus Iowa. Purdue has a winning record against every conference opponent except Ohio State (27-40, .403).
If Purdue gets past the Wisconsin/Illinois winner, the Boilermakers will meet the team that advances from the No. 2 seed Nebraska/No. 7 Iowa-No. 10 Northwestern winner in the tournament quarterfinals at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 9. If the Boilermakers continue to advance, the championship game is March 10 at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
Conference Postseason Awards
Five members of the Purdue women's basketball team were honored by the Big Ten coaches and media with postseason conference awards. The coaches and media voted Courtney third team All-Big Ten, while the media selected Sam Ostarello second team All-Big Ten. Last year, the media voted Ostarello an honorable mention honoree. For 2013, the conference coaches tabbed Ostarello, the league's leading rebounder as an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer. Drey Mingo was voted third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and an honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media. KK Houser was named honorable mention All-Big Ten for the second year in a row, this time by the coaches. Taylor Manuel, who leads the conference in field goal percentage, was named to the five member Big Ten All-Freshman Team.