WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The final non-conference piece of the Purdue men’s basketball schedule was finalized today as ESPN announced that the Boilermakers will travel to Florida State for the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Television assignments for the Challenge games will come at a later date.
The announcement completes the Boilermakers’ non-conference slate which now features games against Texas, Florida State and Notre Dame and possible contests with Virginia Tech, Alabama, Wichita State or Davidson in the Charleston Classic. Florida State and Virginia Tech are both ranked in the nation’s top 20 in current preseason polls, while Texas and Notre Dame are expected to be improved from last season.
Purdue’s non-conference schedule only features 11 games as it was announced earlier this year that the Big Ten would start playing a 20-game schedule for the 2018-19 season and beyond.
Florida State posted a 23-12 overall record and reached last year’s Elite Eight before falling to Michigan 58-54 for a spot in the Final Four. The Seminoles were 9-9 in the ACC and return three starters and seven of their top nine scorers from last year, including their two leading scorers in Phil Cofer (6-8 forward; 12.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG) and Terance Mann (6-6 guard; 12.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG).
The Seminoles are ranked 14th in CBS Sports’ early top 25 and 18th in the ESPN.com poll. Purdue is 25th in both polls. As it stands now according to the ESPN poll, the contest is one of only two games between ranked teams, the other being North Carolina at Michigan.
In addition, the contest with the Seminoles will be one of three Challenge games between 2018 NCAA Tournament teams (North Carolina at Michigan; Syracuse at Ohio State) and the only one between teams that each reached the Sweet 16.
Florida State leads the series with Purdue by a 2-0 margin, defeating the Boilermakers during the 1974-75 and 2005-06 seasons. The most-recent loss came in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, also in Tallahassee.
Purdue owns a league-best 10-7 record in the Challenge and has won eight of its last nine games in the event, including last year’s 66-57 win over 17th-ranked Louisville in Mackey Arena.
Purdue is coming off a 30-7 record and its second straight appearance in the Sweet 16. Head coach Matt Painter returns one of the nation's most-exciting players in National Player of the Year candidate Carsen Edwards as well as a young, but very talented and athletic nucleus. The Boilermakers are ranked in the majority of the "way-too-early" top-25 preseason polls.
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