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Our State: Purdue Needs One More Team to Complete State Dominance

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Purdue has won its last game against 8 of the 9 Division I teams in Indiana.

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Last year’s marketing slogan was “Our State”, playing off of the state of Indiana’s love affair with basketball and Purdue’s desire to be the best team here. Indiana only has 10 Division I basketball programs, but it regularly gets 3-4 into the tournament with several doing damage. Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Butler all have a proud tournament history, but Indiana State has been to a Final Four, Ball State and Valparaiso have been to Sweet 16s, and Evansville has a strong history before joining Division I.

Yes, it is a basketball crazed state, but after yesterday Purdue needs just one more win to have a complete set of victories over all nine Division I programs in our last matchup with them.

So who is missing? Well, here is our last matchup with all nine teams, with eight of them being wins.

Butler

Last game: Purdue 82, Butler 67 on 12/16/2017 at Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis

The most recent win over a state of Indiana team, Purdue led from start to finish and put all five starters in double figures. It broke a five game winning streak against the Bulldogs, with Purdue’s last win coming 63-54 at Hinkle Fieldhouse on 12/19/1998. We’re now 38-19 against them all-time.

IUPUI

Last Game: Purdue 86, IUPUI 61 on 12/10/2017 at Purdue

Since Butler was the third of three straight games against in-state opponents it was easy to find them. Purdue hadn’t even played IUPUI until November 16, 2014, but we now have three wins over them in four seasons. We’re 3-0 all-time against the Jaguars.

Valparaiso

Last Game: Purdue 80, Valparaiso 50 on 12/7/2017 at Purdue

Just a week and a half ago I thought we had a trap game when the undefeated Crusaders came to Mackey Arena. I was wrong. Purdue was thoroughly dominant in dispatching them. Purdue is now 16-1 all-time against Valpo, and has won 11 in a row dating back to the lone Valpo win on 12/22/1965.

Indiana

Last Game: Purdue 86, Indiana 75 on 2/28/2017 at Purdue

The Hoosiers are the only in-state team left on the schedule unless we run into another one in the NCAA Tournament. That will be in Bloomington later, but the last meeting was a festive atmosphere as Purdue clinched its record 23rd Big Ten Championship at home on senior night. Purdue has now won two in a row over the Hoosiers and five of the last six. The all-time series is in favor of Purdue 117-89

Notre Dame

Last Game: Purdue 86, Notre Dame 81 on 12/17/2016 at Crossroads Classic, Indianapolis

Last year’s win over the Irish was a very long time coming. It was our first victory over Notre Dame since January 4, 1966. That’s before Mackey Arena even opened, so they have NEVER played in Mackey. Of course, Purdue has now only played the Irish 4 times since that game. The first was a 12-point Purdue loss in the 2004 NIT at Notre Dame. The other three have been in the Crossroads. The three wins before last season have given the Irish a slight 22-21 edge over Purdue, and they are the only team in the state to have a winning record over us.

IPFW

Last Game: Purdue 63, IPFW 43 on 12/8/2014 at Purdue

This game was two nights after the debacle of a loss to North Florida and there was definitely some concern coming in. IPFW was 5-2 and competitive in its two losses, while we had just lost to North Florida. A.J. Hammons and Kendall Stephens each had 13 points in a rather lackluster win. Purdue has played IPFW six times since 2003, all in Mackey Arena just like all three against IUPUI. Purdue is 6-0 against the Mastodons.

Ball State

Last Game: Purdue 66, Ball State 56 on 12/18/2012 at Purdue

I had basically forgotten this game, which should tell you how exciting it was. I thought our last game with them was the 68-39 win in Muncie in December of 2009, but we actually played them in the Wooden Tradition in Indy in 2009 before they came to Mackey in 2012. That was a rather forgettable season though. A.J. Hammons had 15 and Terone Johnson had 14, but Purdue went on to finish that year 16-18. Purdue is 9-2 all-time against the Cardinals, with a four-game winning streak. The last Ball State win was our first ever game at Conseco Fieldhouse as Ball State stunned us 72-52 on 12/18/1999.

Indiana State

Last Game: Purdue 65, Indiana State 52 on 12/18/2010 at Boilermaker Blockbuster in Indianapolis

This was the precursor to the Crossroads Classic as Purdue played the Sycamores in a one-year revival of the Boilermaker Blockbuster. JaJuan Johnson tore the trees apart with a career high 31 points too as the Boilers moved to 10-1. E’Twaun Moore also had 16 points, but everyone else did very little. The win was the third in a row over Indiana State and Purdue is 29-4 all-time against the Trees. We did lose at Indiana State in 2006, however.

Evansville

Last Game: Evansville 75, Purdue 69 on 12/3/2005 at Evansville

IPFW has never been to the tournament, but Evansville has the longest drought in the state since their last NCAA appearance. They have not been since 1999. Matt Painter’s first season in 2005-06 was a rough one though as Purdue was in the midst of a 31-game road losing streak that would last nearly three years. Purdue did not win a road game from February 21, 2004 at Minnesota until February 3, 2007. In that time Purdue would lose at such places as Miami (OH), Indiana State, Loyola-Chicago, and this game at Roberts Stadium in Evansville. Chris Lutz (remember him?) led Purdue with 14 points, but this was Gene Keady’s final team that stumbled to a 9-19 season. Evansville was not much better at 10-19. Purdue is 9-5 all-time against the Aces and had won the previous year by a point in the Boilermaker Blockbuster in Indianapolis, but they are the only Division I team in the state that can claim a winning streak over us right now. They also happen to be the team in the state we haven’t played in the longest amount of time, as we have them a home-neutral-home set in 2003, 2004, and 2005, but we have not met since. Before that, we hadn’t played since 1984.

Time to change that next season.

For fun, Purdue is 1-0 against Culver Academy, 12-9 against DePauw, 6-1 vs. Earlham, 7-1 against Franklin, 1-0 against Hanover, 16-0 against Rose-Hulman, 4-0 against St. Joseph’s, and 30-13 against Wabash for their records against the non-D1 teams in Indiana. The media guide does not state if we won the last game against them, however.