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The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a school basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and is a part of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball has the Big Ten Championships with 24. [2] The Boilermakers have reached 2 NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The 1931–32 team has been retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. [3][4] Purdue has sent more than 30 players into the NBA, for example 2 overall No. 1 picks in the NBA draft. Purdue stocks a traditional rivalry with in-state foe Indiana University, and leads the all times series 120–89 over them.
Purdue was seeded 2nd in the East Region of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, their highest seed in recent history. In the first round, they faced Cal State Fullerton Titans. But lots of Purdue lover’s hearts broke at the second half of the game, as mature Center Isaac Haas dropped on his elbow as he battled for a rally, and broke his elbow as he hit the ground, finishing his Purdue Basketball career. Purdue’s second round game was against Butler Bulldogs, whom Purdue had played earlier in this season. The Boilers would win the match on a last second shot by Dakota Mathias, winning 76–73 ahead of the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season. From the Sweet Sixteen, Purdue confronted the third largest Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Boilers goes on to drop in disappointing style 65-78, ending their season with 30 wins, the most wins in program history.
In 2019, Purdue was seeded 3rd in the South Region of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, after another strong season. From the first round, they destroyed a 26–8 Old Dominion team which was coming off a Conference USA championship, winning 61–48. In the next round, they handedly conquered #6 seed Villanova, sending the defending champs home early following an 87–61 success, and advancing to their third straight Sweet Sixteen under Matt Painter. The Boilermakers ran into to their first test with the Tennessee Volunteers that were 2. After a back and forth contest that comprised 17 lead changes and needed to be determined, Purdue came out victorious, beating the Vols 99–94 to reach their first Elite Eight in nearly 20 decades. In the Elite Eight, Purdue faced the #1 seeded Virginia Cavaliers in what is another back and forth thriller. After several lead changes throughout the match, Purdue headed 70–67 with 5.9 seconds left and appeared to be headed to their first Final Four since 1980 when Virginia’s Ty Jerome missed the second free throw of two. Virginia was able to think of the offensive rebound however, and after chasing down the loose ball, Mamadi Diakite pinpointed a Hail Mary – type jumpshot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The Boilers were once again looking towards the big dance, leading 75–74 with 43 seconds to go, but Virginia was able to hold Purdue scoreless over the last moment and prevailed 80–75, finishing the Boilermakers season with 26 wins and his first Elite Eight appearance since 2000.

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