Name: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana (which apparently is the most densely populated city in the state), conveniently located across the Wabash River from Lafayette, Indiana.
Enrollment: 30,043 undergrad students
Conference: Big Ten
Yeah, What’s The Deal With That, Anyway? They came by it honest, to be fair. Being called the Boilermakers for their trouncing of Wabash College is basically naming a team the “Running Train” in modern-day lingo.
Better Nickname: Now I want to call them the Running Train so.......
Mascot: The Boilermaker Special, a train. No, I’m not kidding. CHOO CHOO, Y’ALL.
Wait, What’s With The Guy In The Hat With The Hammer? That is Purdue Pete, who has been a part of campus since 1940, just like The Boilermaker Special, but has only been a physical performer at events since 1956.
2016-2017 Season: 27-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten. Lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Kansas after beating Vermont and Iowa State in the Bradley Center in the NCAA Tournament.
2016-17 Final KenPom Ranking: #19
2017-18 Record: 2-0, including a win over the Fightin’ Jon Harrises and a win over future MU opponent Chicago State.
2017-18 Current KenPom Ranking: #15
Head Coach: Matt Painter, in his 14th season as a head coach and 13th with Purdue. He has a record of 292-147 overall, and 267-142 with the Boilermakers.
And also Caleb Swanigan
The rest of the roster is back, and all of them are pretty good. In particular, Carsen Edwards (10.2 PPG), Issac Haas (12.6 PPG), and Vincent Edwards (12.6 PPG) are all potential All-Big Ten honorees (in my humble opinion).
No, seriously, this Purdue team has 3 guys that stand over 7 feet tall and a bunch of good shooters (4 returners shot 40%+ from 3 last year). They’re all experienced (most being juniors or seniors) and can play defense. It’ll be hard enough to handle the trees Purdue can trot out with Marquette’s lack of depth in the post, and Vincent Edwards shot over 40% from 3 as a stretch four, standing 6’9”. There’s going to be some matchup problems for your Golden Eagles.
All Time Series: NOT GREAT. Marquette is 0-8 against Purdue all-time, but the last meeting came back in 1969. MU lost that encounter in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on a last second shot by Rick Mount.
Fun Fact: Purdue has 23 astronauts amongst its alumni, including Neil Armstrong. Far out, yo.
Any Other Neat Alumni? Gene Cernan, Roger Chaffee, and Gus Grissom are amongst the astronaut alumni; Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, known for successfully ditching into the Hudson River; Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki concept, without which this list of alumni would not be possible; comedian Jim Gaffigan; Harold Gray, the creator of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip; Academy Award winning screenwriter Callie Khouri; Samuel Allen, the CEO of John Deere; Chuck Armstrong, the president of the Seattle Mariners; businessman & politician Herman Cain; Orville m’f’n’ Redenbacher; Ruth Siems, the inventor of Stove Top stuffing; Don Thompson, the CEO of McDonald’s; Gregory Wasson, the President & COO of Walgreens; the other JaJuan Johnson; Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin; Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson; Hall of Fame coach John Wooden; quarterback Drew Brees; SEC on CBS broadcaster Gary Danielson; Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese; Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram; Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson; professional wrestler Dick The Bruiser, UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar; and finally, Eric Justin Toth, the man who replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
The Don’t @ Me Prediction: Marquette finds some way to pull it off and wins, 77-74. If you would like to @ me, it’s @snewb22. Have fun.