Back from Hawaii, No. 1 Purdue takes aim at Texas Southern

Purdue takes the floor as the No. 1 team in the country Tuesday against Texas Southern in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers (6-0) moved into the No. 1 spot this week, propelled by the Maui Invitational championship last week. Purdue beat then-No. 11 Gonzaga, then-No. 7 Tennessee and then-No. 4 Marquette on consecutive nights in Honolulu. Purdue’s sweep combined with then-No. 1 Kansas falling to Marquette in the semifinals elevated the Boilermakers into the No.

Styles clash as No. 4 Marquette, No. 2 Purdue meet in Maui final

No. 4 Marquette and No. 2 Purdue will bring completely different styles into the championship game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday in Honolulu. The Golden Eagles use a relentless defense to force opponents into turnovers, while the Boilermakers pound the ball inside to produce points. Marquette (5-0) defeated No. 1 Kansas 73-59 in the second semifinal Tuesday, forcing 18 turnovers from the Jayhawks. Purdue survived a slugfest against No. 7 Tennessee, prevailing 71-67 in

Bragging rights at stake as Indiana visits Purdue

Bragging rights and the Old Oaken Bucket are at stake on Saturday when Indiana visits in-state rival Purdue in West Lafayette for a Big Ten matchup and season finale. Both squads enter the game reeling and wanting to head into the offseason with a positive vibe. Indiana (3-8, 1-7) has won just one time in its last seven games and is coming off a disappointing home loss to Michigan State on Saturday, a game in

No. 2 Purdue, No. 7 Tennessee meet in battle of unbeatens

The stacked Maui Invitational is set to give college basketball fans a pre-Thanksgiving treat as No. 7 Tennessee will face off against No. 2 Purdue in the semifinals on Tuesday. Tennessee (4-0) earned a 73-56 win over Syracuse on Monday afternoon to advance in the winners’ bracket, pulling away by scoring the game’s final 12 points over the last three minutes. Dalton Knecht led the Volunteers with 17 points despite missing nearly eight minutes of

Gonzaga, Purdue renew acquaintances at Maui Invitational

The field for the Maui Invitational is stacked. There’s No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Purdue, No. 4 Marquette, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 11 Gonzaga, perennial powers UCLA and Syracuse and tournament host Chaminade. “Obviously this is a great field, but we’re just trying to lock into that first game,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Monday’s tournament opener against Gonzaga. “It’s going to be difficult for us because Gonzaga is such a good team.” The

Northwestern meets Purdue, bids to continue home magic

After ending a 14-game losing streak in true road games last week, Northwestern will try to close a strong home season in Evanston, Ill., against Purdue on Saturday. The Wildcats (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) can become bowl eligible by doing something they haven’t all season: winning consecutive games. Northwestern is coming off a 24-10 road victory against Wisconsin that featured the return of quarterback Ben Bryant, who had missed the previous four games with an

Streaking No. 3 Purdue takes on Xavier

The third-ranked Purdue Boilermakers will look to continue several impressive streaks when they host the Xavier Musketeers on Monday night in West Lafayette, Ind. Senior center Zach Edey, the defending national player of the year, scored 18 points and added eight rebounds to lead Purdue (2-0) past visiting Morehead State 87-57 on Friday. Fifth-year guard Lance Jones added 15 points, including 11 in the second half. Sophomore guard Braden Smith came within two rebounds of

Zach Edey, No. 3 Purdue face Morehead State

If you can’t beat ’em, join their bandwagon. Samford coach Bucky McMillan put his own spin on an adage after host Purdue routed the Bulldogs in Monday’s season opener. The Boilermakers again will aim to live up to their No. 3 ranking when they host Morehead State on Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue (1-0), from the Big Ten, surely did the trick against Samford (Southern Conference) after shooting 54.8 percent from the floor

Zach Edey, Purdue handle Samford to open season

Zach Edey had 16 points and 11 rebounds while Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith each made four 3-pointers as No. 3 Purdue routed visiting Samford in a season-opening 98-45 win Monday night in West Lafayette, Ind. Camden Heide scored 13 points off the bench for the Boilermakers, while Loyer and Smith chipped in 12 each. Edey added four blocks to go with his 40th career double-double, the third most in school history, and Smith had