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WEST LAFAYETTE – Right after his team’s first round loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament, Matt Painter said he wanted to see if his team would be interested in playing more basketball.

Yes the NCAA and NIT Tournaments were out for Purdue since they finished under-.500 for the season but a chance to get in the College Basketball Invitational still existed.

Indeed the Boilermakers wanted to keep going as the school accepted an invitation to the CBI on Sunday night and will host Western Illinois in their tournament opener this Wednesday at Mackey Arena at 7 P.M.

“We’re happy for the chance to continue our season and excited that the Gazelle Group afforded us this opportunity,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said in a statement released by the school Sunday night. “I’m confident that this will be a positive step for the future of our program.”

If Purdue wins, they would face the winner of the first round game between Vermont and Santa Clara on Monday, March 25th.

 

3 comments

  • zxtry

    I'm not sure I understand what they will accomplish even if they win the CBI. Why can't he say they
    had a bad season and work on next year? They were playing better in the past month.
    Has a Big Ten school ever played in the CBI? I've never heard of it.

  • Jim

    Good on you Purdue, the will to keep playing should be second only to the will to win. I am proud of the team for not ditching the season. You will all be the better for the experience.

  • Boiler-up

    who ever posted the comment about why would you keep playing, is someone who dosent know a thing about basketball. You always want to keep playing it only makes you better.

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