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Purdue to Host Yale December 29

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For the first time in 58 years Purdue will play the Ivy League school.

NCAA Basketball: Yale at North Carolina Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this spring Jon Rothstein reported that Purdue men’s basketball would play Yale during the 2020-21 season. Now we know the date:

Head coach Matt Painter has announced that the Boilermakers will host Yale on Dec. 29, 2020, in Mackey Arena – Purdue’s final non-conference game of the 2020-21 season.

Tip time and television designation will be announced at a later date.

Purdue and Yale will meet for the first time since a 76-66 Purdue victory on Dec. 27, 1962. The only other meeting came in the 1901-02 season, a thrilling 67-10 Boilermakers’ triumph.

The Bulldogs have been the Ivy League’s most-dominant team over the last few years, posting a 23-7 record a year ago with an 11-3 league mark – good for the regular-season league title by one game over Harvard. The Bulldogs owned wins over Vermont, Clemson and Massachusetts and lost by two on the road at Penn State a year ago.

The Bulldogs will enter next season as the two-time defending Ivy League champs and with four such titles in the last six seasons. They made the 2016 and 2019 NCAA Tournaments by winning the Ivy’s autobid and they were named the 2020 Autobid winner when the Ivy League cancelled its postseason tournament. This is a very good mid-major That was 69th in the final NET rankings and challenged Oklahoma State, Penn State, Clemson, and North Carolina as major conference foes.

That makes the 11-game non-conference schedule as follows:

TBD - Rider

TBD - ACC/Big Ten Challenge (likely road game)

TBD - Gavitt Games (home game)

November 10 vs. Evansville

November 13 vs. Indiana State

November 24 vs. Illinois State, Clemson, or Mississippi State (Cancun Challenge)

November 25 vs. Illinois State, Clemson, or Mississippi State (Cancun Challenge)

December 13 vs. West Virginia (Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY)

December 19 vs. Notre Dame (Crossroads Classic, Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

December 21 vs. Incarnate Word

December 29 vs. Yale