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Report: Purdue to Return to Marquette for 2019 Gavitt Games

The Boilers have a good recent history in Milwaukee.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Marquette Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

When the non-conference schedule for 2019-20 was released last week it had two glaring openings: the Gavitt Games and the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Well, one of those is now full per John Rothstein:

Apparently the Big East did not get the memo that Carsen Edwards went to the NBA, but Markus Howard opted to return to Marquette for his senior season. Last year he averaged 25 points for a Marquette team that was in the top 25 all season.

This game should also be familiar because we saw it two seasons ago. Purdue beat the Golden Eagles 86-71 in Milwaukee in the 2017 Gavitt Games and Howard had 24 points. This was a few months after Purdue won a pair of games in the old Bradley Center in the NCAA Tournament, but this coming game will be in the new Fiserv Forum.

This should be a good early test against a preseason top 25 team with a National Player of the Year candidate in Howard. Too bad Carsen isn’t back, because watching those two duel would be fun.

This also almost certainly means Purdue is playing its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at home.