Purdue finally knows the final details of the 22nd annual Jimmy V Classic. They will be participating in the annual event that honors the late Jimmy V and benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Purdue will be in game one of the doubleheader on Dec. 6th with the game beginning at 7:00 PM against Arizona State on ESPN the mothership. Purdue is the appetizer of the day with Duke vs. Florida being the main course starting at 9:00 PM. It's always good to have the exposure of a pre-conference event like this. It helps to keep the profile of your program high and with the large number of open scholarships Purdue will have to work with this offseason let's hope they use this event to continue to build a brand with some young recruits. It's not often to get to play in Madison Square Garden but Purdue will get the opportunity.
Arizona State and Purdue have played five times previously with Purdue holding the edge with a 3-2 record. The last time these two teams met was 2002 with Purdue getting trounced 70-53 on a neutral court in Las Vegas. There's no great history or animosity between the two programs so the game itself isn't particularly tantalizing but it represents a great chance for Purdue to make a splash on the big stage in the Big Apple. You can read the full release here. The relevant Matt Painter quote is below.
"We are thrilled for the opportunity to play Arizona State in The Garden for the Jimmy V Classic and in support of The V Foundation. This is a very special event for a great cause and to have a chance to compete with three other outstanding teams on the national stage is exciting for our program." – Matt Painter, Purdue
Purdue's non-conference schedule is shaping up rather nicely with a mix of challenges and cupcakes. This latest info is just one more bit of the schedule that we can now fill in.