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#2 Purdue vs. #4 Marquette - Maui Invitational Finals - Open Thread

With a victory Purdue would rise to #1 in the country for a third straight season.

NCAA Basketball: Maui Invitational - Tennessee Volunteers vs. Purdue Boilermakers Steven Erler-USA TODAY Sports

To quote the great Kevin McCallister, “this is it, don’t get scared now.” Purdue took care of business in their first two games thanks in large part to their pair of dynamic sophomores. Braden Smith carried the team on his back in the second half against Gonzaga and Fletcher Loyer helped quiet his critics in a rough and tumble game against Tennessee. Zach Edey of course played his usual large role. Now comes the championship game. Late last night after many of you went to bed here in Hawaii the Kansas Jayhawks got thoroughly dismantled by the Golden Eagles of Marquette. That means Purdue will face the Shaka Smart led squad in another rematch from last season.

WHEN: 5 p.m. ET (Noon Hawaii time)

WHERE: Honolulu, Hawai’i Stan Sherriff Center

TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Angel Gray)

RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)

Shaka Smart, as you all will remember, has been a thorn in the side of Purdue fans since his days at VCU when he took down the Boilermakers in the NCAA Tournament on the way to their improbable Final Four.

With #1 Kansas losing last night it opens up a chance for Purdue to once again be the #1 ranked team in the country with a victory today. It would be the third straight season in which Purdue basketball reaches the #1 ranking. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Right now, it’s time for Purdue to rise to the moment and take care of business. Just one more game to go to show the world what Purdue basketball can do.

Join us here in the open thread to discuss the game.