The Boilermakers have been to the NIT eight times and they won it in 1974 and have been to the finals on two other occasions. Purdue has gone to Madison Square Garden four times in their eight appearances. In 2013, the Boilermakers went to the CBI quarterfinals.
Purdue has won 22 regular season conference titles and the Big Ten Tournament championship in 2009. Some of the greats who have played for Purdue include John Wooden, Rick Mount, Joe Barry Carroll, Glenn Robinson, E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, Matt Painter and many many more.
Purdue is part of the college basketball crazed state of Indiana, and they are perhaps the second highest profile team in the state, which includes elite programs such as Indiana, Butler, Notre Dame and Indiana State. The Purdue vs Indiana rivalry is one of the best in college basketball.
The Mackey Arena is one of college basketball’s great venues. It opened in 1967 and seats over 14,000 basketball-crazed fans for Purdue games. In 2010, the arena got a much-needed facelift to the tune of ten million dollars, making it a more modern place, but still not losing it’s old school feel. The arena was named by USA Today as one of “the top ten places to get pumped for college basketball.”
Purdue is part of the Big Ten, which is perhaps the best conference in college basketball. Michigan State, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Minnesota, Iowa and Penn State make up the Big Ten. Most of those will visit Mackey Arena this season. About half of these teams will find their way to the NCAA Tournament and one will most likely be in the Final Four, maybe even more than one.
With games like this on the Purdue schedule, you will want to get to Mackey Arena as often as possible this season. The atmosphere at Mackey is second to none and when teams like Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin come in to town it gets even better.
Big Ten basketball sometimes takes a back seat to Big Ten football, but not in Indiana. Once basketball starts, the fans of the Big Ten turn from football to basketball better than anywhere. College basketball is a huge deal in Big Ten Country with elite teams such as Wisconsin and Michigan State making the Final Four their personal playground.
You will want to bring the family or your friends out as many times as you can. Do not miss out on a chance to visit historic Mackey Arena and sit in a great seat with some of the best teams in the game playing on Gene Keady Court.
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