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Early Final Four preview?

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Tennessee Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

It has been quite a weekend for Purdue fans so far. Now we get to cap it with a game against a solid Villanova team. This could be a potential Final Four preview. Both teams have very high expectations coming into the season, and have looked good so far.

Purdue and Villanova are familiar with each either, having played twice in the last 5 years. They are one of the true elite programs in the country right now with a pair of National titles under Jay Wright. They are the type of program Purdue aspires to be, and both teams could still be playing in April.

Also, this is the return of Mason Gillis from suspension, which only makes a very deep Purdue team even deeper. Caleb Furst has played extremely well in his place, but Gillis coming back makes Purdue legitimately two deep at every spot.

This will be a good one.

Basketball GameDay Vitals

Iowa Hawkeyes Record: 7-0
Iowa Hawkeyes Record: 7-0
From: Iowa City, IA
Game Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Venue: Mackey Arena (14,240)
Odds: Purdue by 11.5
Date & Time: Friday, December 3, 2021 9pm ET
Streaming Radio TuneIn
Live Stats: Purdue Sports
KenPom 20
Blog Representation: Black Heart Gold Pants
2020-21 Record 22-9, 14-6 Big Ten
2021-22 Record: 7-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Postseason Result: Lost to Oregon 95-80 in NCAA Tournament Second Round
NCAA Tournament History: 27 appearances, last in 2021. 1956 NCAA Runner-up
Series With Purdue: Purdue leads 92-77
Last Purdue win: 77-68 at Iowa non 3/3/2020
Last Iowa win: 70-55 at Iowa on 12/22/2020
Coach: Fran McCaffery (223-152 in 12th year at Iowa, 473-329 overall)