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#1 Purdue Closes Brief Homestand Wednesday vs. Penn State

#1 Purdue Closes Brief Homestand Wednesday vs. Penn State

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
[1] Purdue (21-1, 9-1) vs. Penn State (14-7, 5-5)
West Lafayette, Indiana | Mackey Arena (14,876)
TELEVISION: BTN | RADIO: Purdue Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Brandon Gaudin, Robbie Hummel


• Purdue closes out a brief two-game homestand when it closes out the season series with Penn State on Wednesday in Mackey Arena. It will mark the first game of the Matt Painter era where a former assistant coach returns to lead another team against the Boilermakers as Micah Shrewsberry returns to Mackey Arena. Also on his staff is Grady Eifert, who helped Purdue to the 2019 Elite 8, and Big Ten title. 

• Following Wednesday’s game, Purdue will be on the road for three of its next four outings (at Indiana, at Northwestern, at Maryland), before finishing the year with three of four games at home (Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois). 

• With Purdue ranked No. 1 this week in both the AP and coaches poll, the Boilermakers have now been ranked No. 1 in seven weeks in the last two years. Since the 2018-19 season, only Gonzaga (31), Baylor (11), Villanova (9) and Kansas (9) have been ranked No. 1 in more weeks than Purdue. Prior to last season, Purdue had never been ranked No. 1 in school history.

• In addition with being a unanimous No. 1 this week, Purdue becomes the first power-conference program in the last 20 years to be voted unanimous No. 1 in back-to-back seasons. Purdue (2022, 2023), Gonzaga (2022, 2021), Kansas (2020, 2010) and Kentucky (2015, 2010) are the only teams to be voted unanimous No. 1 in two different seasons in the last 20 years. 

• Purdue’s 21-1 record is the program’s best 22-game start in school history. A win over Penn State will give Purdue a 22-1 record through 23 games, just the third time since 2000 that a Big Ten team would start the season 22-1 (2011 Ohio State; 2005 Illinois). 

• Purdue’s 10-1 start in Big Ten play is the program’s best since starting 12-0 in the 2017-18 season. The start marks the sixth 10-1 start or better in Purdue history (2023, 2018, 2008, 1988, 1984, 1969). A win will make it five 11-1 Big Ten starts in school history.

• Purdue can claim America’s best resume, boasting a 7-1 quad-1 record, five of them against teams ranked in the NCAA Net’s top 30 (Gonzaga, Ohio State, West Virginia, Marquette,…

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