LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WLFI) — The Purdue men’s basketball team is on the road to face 14th-ranked Louisville Wednesday night for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Gold and Black have a good streak going when it comes to The Challenge. Purdue has won the last seven of its ACC/Big matchups – the longest active streak by a Big Ten team. It’s the second longest streak in Challenge history, only to be surpassed by a 10-game streak by Duke from 1999-2008.
Coach Matt Painter said he thinks The Challenge is important for the conferences.
“Obviously, everybody wants to get a good RPI win and really want to get a good RPI road win. Any time you can get those, that’s really going to help you later in the year, come selection Sunday,” he said.
Painter said it’s also about just trying to improve the team overall, especially against a strong opponent like Louisville.
“But we also understand they present some problems no other team we’ve played, including Villanova,” he said. “They have a lot of size and a lot of length, and we’re going to have to be able to adjust to that.”
Boiler players said this game means a lot because of their “Big Ten pride.”
“We just want to prove that the Big Ten, ya know, is the best conference to play in,” Purdue junior forward Vincent Edwards said. “We’ve always felt like that, and we never feel like the Big Ten’s never got the publicity that it needs sometimes. So it’s always a pride thing. But let it be known, that the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country.”
Purdue junior guard P.J. Thompson agrees with Edwards. He said the Big Ten is the best conference in the country from top to bottom.
“I think the ACC is awesome, I think the Big East is awesome, as well as some other conferences,” Thompson said. “But we definitely want to win these games to show we’re the better conference.”
We will have highlights and post-game reaction from coach Painter and the players all coming up Wednesday night on News 18 at 11.