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IT IS ZERO DAYS TO PURDUE BASKETBALL!!!!

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We get real, live Purdue basketball tonight! The 2016-17 season officially tips off with the McNeese State Cowboys, and it is a good thing we have a tune-up game like this before Villanova on Monday . Purdue is going into tonight with only the following scholarship players:

Isaac Haas

Caleb Swanigan

P.J. Thompson

Vincent Edwards

Spike Albrecht

Dakota Mathias

Carsen Edwards

That’s it. Yes, Grady Eifert and Jon McKeeman are on scholarship this season because we had a few left over, but they are still former walk-ons not expected to play a ton. As it is, Eifert may get more action than normal our of necessity. Basil Smotherman and Ryan Cline are suspended tonight. Jacquil Taylor is out with an injury. It will be interesting to say the least, and I am curious to see Eifert play simply because we might him later on down the road to play 5-10 minutes a night.

McNeese State Cowboys

From: Lake Charles, Louisiana

Date : Friday, November 11, 2016

Tip Time: 7:02 p.m. ET

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Arena: Mackey Arena (14,804)

Television: ESPN3

Online: WatchESPN.com

Radio: Purdue Radio Network

SiriusXM Satellite: XM (Ch. 381); Internet (Ch. 968)

Live Stats: bit.ly/PurdueLiveStats

Odds: No Line Yet

KenPom: 312

2015-16 Record: 9-20, 7-11 Southland

Opponent Blog: Geaux Cowboys

Series with Purdue: First Meeting

NCAA Tournament History: 2 appearances, 0-2 all-time, last appeared in 2002 (Lost as 14 seed to Mississippi State)