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Purdue to Headline 2016 Cancun Challenge

It is already time to start looking at the 2016-17 schedule.

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With only Rapheal Davis, Johnny Hill, and A.J. Hammons leaving this offseason Purdue should be pretty decent next year as well. The Boilers are already looking ahead in terms of scheduling too, as their exempt tournament was officially announced this afternoon. Purdue will be headed to Cancun, Mexico just before Thanksgiving to play a pair of games at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

Like many other exempt events such as the 2KSports challenge, a pair of games will be played in Mackey Arena before hand, while the "finals" are already announced. Purdue will be playing in the Riviera Division with Auburn, Texas Tech, and Utah State. Some more about the event:

The Cancun Challenge, entering its ninth year for the men, is one of the most unique basketball events held each year. Teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya; the resort's convention center ballroom is converted into a basketball arena, providing fans a special close-up view of the games. Upon arrival, teams and fans are treated to a spectacular all-inclusive rock star vacation with games, practices, unlimited dining and drinks, world class entertainment, and fun all in one location. Previous champions include Vanderbilt (2008), Kentucky (2009), Missouri (2010), Illinois (2011), Wichita State (2012), Wisconsin (2013), Northern Iowa (2014) and Maryland (2015).

Purdue will play on November 22 and 23 a lot like this past season's Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. Both games will be on CBS Sports network too.

Current Records of the Opponents:

Auburn: 11-18, 5-12 SEC

Texas Tech: 18-10, 8-8 Big 12

Utah State: 15-13, 7-10 Mountain West