Purdue wins 13th Consecutive NCAA Opening Round Game

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For the second year in a row, the Purdue Boilermakers played, and defeated a MAAC team. Last year it was the Siena Saints, this college basketball season it was the Peacocks of ULA (sorry, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reference) of St. Peter’s. This now makes it 13 years in a row for the Boilers; they’ve got this opening round thing down pat.

“Obviously, Purdue’s had a pretty good program for many years. It’s a very good basketball school. Obviously, Coach Keady did a good job in his 25 years. We try to get our teams ready and lock into our opponent, but also understand the most important thing is Purdue. Have our guys ready to play and compete and be together, and we’ve been fortunate enough to win some opening round games,” Coach Matt Painter said.

By Paul M. Banks

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Purdue has Off-Court Distractions as they Begin NCAA Tournament

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This March Madness, the Purdue Boilermakers, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region, will face No. 14 seed Saint Peter’s on Friday in second-round NCAA Tournament action. (TNT 7:20 p.m. ET) They’ll do so without sophomore guard Kelsey Barlow has been suspended for the remainder of the 2010-11 season for conduct detrimental to the team, head coach Matt Painter announced on Tuesday.

Barlow’s numbers may not jump out on you, but he’s a great defender. And his absence is just one of three off-the-court stories in the media this week which may or may not distract the Boilers away from the game.

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Purdue to Play in Puerto Rico, Signs Frontcourt Duo

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“Once you go Rican, you never go seekin.” At least that’s what they say. All I know is I wouldn’t likely seek Jennifer Lopez. But the Purdue Boilermakers, expected to be a major player this year in the Big Ten, and possibly in national college basketball as well, is one of seven teams that has committed to participating in the 2011 Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The fifth-annual event is slated for Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.

In addition to the Boilermakers, the 2011 field includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Temple and Wichita State. A final team to complete the eight-team tournament will be announced at a later date.

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