Fresh off an 80-69 win over North Alabama in their season opener, Purdue will have to wait to keep the train moving after a positive case of COVID-19 in the Miami (Ohio) program caused Thursday’s game to be cancelled.
There are no plans to reschedule the game at this time. In an already shortened season by normal standards, Purdue will now have only 4 total non conference games this season, the first one being the aforementioned North Alabama Lions on November 29th.
The Boilers will play Valparaiso on Sunday December 6th inside Mackey Arena followed by Buffalo on December 9th and Bowling Green December 13th both in West Lafayette as well. The Big Ten slate will begin December 19th at home against Northwestern for the Boilermakers. This could prove to be detrimental to Sharon Versyp’s squad as none of their current non-conference opponents are of high stature.
Last season, Purdue performed well during the non-conference slate with solid wins over Drake, Arizona State and Western Kentucky, all of which were admirable. With the struggles in the Big Ten last year, this kept Purdue’s hopes alive for a NCAA Tournament birth. Then, of course, COVID-19 changed those plans a bit.
With so much talent and production leaving the program (or in Karissa McLaughlin’s case forced out with an injury) from last year’s squad, there are many unknowns about this team. They will look to prove and find themselves over the next few games before ramping up in an always tough Big Ten season.