It is a new look Purdue tonight. The only exhibition game of the season takes place at 7pm as Purdue hosts Marian University. It is also the annual rite of passage as we lament BTNPlus on BTN2Go for televising the game. It is what it is, however, and it should be a rather decent test for playing an NAIA school.
Marian University is littered with a ton of Indiana kids that were good high school players here in recent years. Scott Heady, the head coach of Ryan Cline when he was at Carmel, leads the Knights. They also have a few Division I players in TJ Henderson (IUPUI), Reginald Kissoonlal (Northwestern State), Cameron Wolter (UMass-Lowell), and Jonathan Nwankwo. Hayden Langukubel had a huge game in leading Morristown to the Class A state title back in March. Sterling Brown was a solid player at Carmel.
This is a team with some solid talent, but as a top 25 team we have no excuse to actually lose. Instead it is a chance to see a lot of new faces. We publicly get to see the new freshmen, Aaron Wheeler and Sasha Stefanovic who redshirted, and our new grad transfer. It’s basically a tune-up before the real deal next Tuesday.