A Boilermaker win would ...
- make their record 20-14 in 2007-08
- give them a 20-win season for the 18th time in the last 21 seasons
- improve their all-time record to 637-339
- improve them to 40-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament games (19-5 in NCAA Tournament games in Mackey Arena)
- advance them to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year and 7 of the last 10
- make them 2-6 against Tennessee
- bring Sharon Versyp's all-time record to 168-85
- give them a 4-2 record on ESPN2 and give them a 10-8 record in all nationally televised games this season (Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN2).
Purdue vs. No. 3 Tennessee
- Purdue is 1-6 all-time against Tennessee, with the Lady Vols winning the last matchup 75-54 on March 22, 2005, in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. The Boilermakers one win occurred when fifth-ranked Purdue knocked off top-ranked Tennessee 78-68 on Nov. 15, 1998, in Mackey Arena, ending the Lady Vols' 46-game win streak.
- Purdue is 1-1 against Tennessee at home; 0-4 against the Lady Vols in Knoxville and 0-1 vs. UT in neutral site games.
- Purdue is 0-1 against the Lady Vols in the NCAA Tournament.
- Purdue is 4-4 all-time against Southeastern Conference teams in the NCAA Tournament, with wins against Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt and losses to Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
If the Boilermakers win their second-round NCAA Tournament game, Purdue will advance to the regional semifinal in Oklahoma City and play the winner of No. 4 seed Oklahoma- No. 5 seed Notre Dame on March 30. Oklahoma and Notre Dame face off in Mackey Arena on Tuesday, 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Purdue-Tennessee matchup.
Purdue In The NCAA Tournament
Purdue is making its 19th overall and 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The last time the Boilermakers missed the Big Dance was in 1993. The Boilermakers own a 39-17 all-time NCAA record (.696). Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994, Purdue has advanced to the second round of the tournament 14 of 15 times, and has advanced to the Sweet 16 11 times. The Boilermakers played in the 1994, 1999 and 2001 NCAA Women's Final Fours; they won the title in 1999 and finished as runners-up in 2001.
Keeping The Streak Alive
Winning the Big Ten Tournament guaranteed Purdue its 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the fifth longest streak among the nation's women's basketball programs. Only Tennessee (26 straight), Stanford (20), Connecticut (19) and Old Dominion (16) have more.
NCAA Tournament In Mackey Arena
Mackey Arena has played host to NCAA Tournament first- and second-round games on 12 occasions prior to 2008. The first time was in 1989 and the most recent was 2006. Additionally, the NCAA Mideast Regional was played in Mackey Arena in 1992 and 1997. Purdue's record in NCAA games played in Mackey Arena is 18-5, a .783 winning percentage. The Boilermakers' overall record in Mackey is 319-98, a .765 winning percentage. This season Purdue is 12-3 at home.