HARTFORD, Conn. (WLFI) — This is March.
For a fifth straight year, Purdue is competing in the NCAA Tournament.
The third-seeded Boilermakers will take on Old Dominion in a first round matchup Thursday night at the XL Center.
Purdue (23-9) enters tournament play having lost two of three games both to Minnesota including a 75-73 defeat in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 15.
Two-time All-American Carsen Edwards has shot just 26 percent over the three-game stretch. Edwards has dealt with a sore back, he told the media he is good to go for his team's opener.
ODU (26-8) received an automatic bid after capturing the Conference USA title over Western Kentucky. Jeff Jones' group ranks eighth in the nation in points allowed per game (60.9).
While Purdue and Old Dominion are 786 miles apart, there is a connection between the two programs: Purdue head coach Matt Painter was recruited by Jones when Jones was an assistant at Virginia.
Thirty years ago, Matt Painter graduated from Delta High School in Muncie.
Tonight, Painter will make his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance (most for an active coach under the age of 55).
— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) March 21, 2019
Painter, of course, wound up signing with the Boilers and the rest is history.
Painter and Purdue will look to make history this March.
Tip is scheduled for approximately 9:50 p.m. ET.
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