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Purdue Basketball: Boilermakers vs Hurricanes in Miami for the Big10/ACC Challenge

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According to Jon Rothstein, Purdue is flying south for a winter basketball excursion.

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I usually wait until things are verified, but Jon Rothstein is a credible source in the basketball world and if he’s wrong, no harm no foul on this one.

This is an interesting match-up for Purdue. Much like Purdue, Miami is coming off a disappointing 15 win, 16 loss season, and will be looking to bounce back.

The Hurricanes will be led senior point guard Chris Lykes. He may be small (5’7, 160) but he’s a fearless competitor, coming off a 15 point-per-game season. Purdue will need to contain him off the dribble or he can go thermonuclear if he gets his game rolling. The

Hurricane’s will also be working two top 100 recruits into their lineup from their 2020 recruiting class. Earl Timberlake is a high 4* shooting guard out of high school powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, who was ranked 35th overall in the 2020 class. He should bring some instant offense to a Miami team that struggled to score last season.

All-in-all, I like this matchup for Purdue. Miami is just the sort of mid rung ACC team this young Purdue team needs to play early on in the season as they try and work in a bunch of new pieces.

It’ll be a tough game, but it should be winnable. Plus, escaping Indiana for Miami should be a welcomed weather respite for the Boilermakers.

UPDATE: It is now official:

The contest will be played Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Miami’s Watsco Center (7,972) at a time and network designation to be determined.

This year’s event marks the 22nd year of the ACC / Big Ten Challenge with the ACC holding a 12-6-3 yearly advantage. However, the Big Ten has gone 6-3-2 in the last 11 Challenges.

The Boilermakers own a Big Ten-best record of 11-8 in the Challenge, having won nine of its last 11 games. Purdue routed defending National Champion Virginia last year in Mackey Arena, 69-40.

Purdue leads the series with the Hurricanes by a 3-0 advantage, having defeated Miami in Dec. 1987, on the road (110-82), in the 1999 NCAA Tournament (73-63) and in the 2011 ACC / Big Ten Challenge (76-65) in Mackey Arena.