Not too many surprises here, but it's nice to finally see the full non-conference schedule for the 2010-2011 season.
At first glance, I'd like to see a little more competition to prepare for the grueling Big Ten season. Luckily, with the talent and leadership this year's squad , I am not too worried about a lack of preparation.
Nov. 14 vs. Howard
Nov. 17vs. Alcorn State
Nov. 21 vs. Oakland
Nov. 23vs. Austin Peay
Nov. 26 vs. Southern Illinois (at Chicago)
Nov. 27 TBA (at Chicago)
Dec. 1 at Virginia Tech
Dec. 4 vs. Alabama
Dec. 7 at Valparaiso
Dec. 11 vs. North Florida
Dec. 18vs. Indiana State (at Conseco Fieldhouse)
Dec. 21vs. IPFW
Jan. 16 at West Virginia
Purdue is counting on a solid Big Ten season to make the case for the #1 seed. The strength of the Big Ten this year should compensate for any non conference schedule strength deficiencies. I could potentially seeing Purdue's PRI being an issue until inter-league play; however, it should all come out in the wash come March.
We'll elaborate on Purdue's schedule in greater details once we have a chance to digest it fully.