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Young Boilers get early tests

Six of Purdue’s known or potential non-conference opponents won at least 20 games last season and played in the postseason, including five in the NCAA tournament.

The Boilermakers released its non-conference men’s basketball schedule Friday.

“One of the principles of scheduling is that you schedule for the team you have each particular year,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement. “This year, we have a relatively young team and the non-conference season will be important for us. This schedule has several challenges and will help us figure out who we are heading into Big Ten play.”

The Boilermakers open the season with the 2K Sports Classic.

Purdue will play its first two games at Mackey Arena on Nov. 9 and 11 against opponents yet to be determined. ESPN and Gazelle Group continue to finalize those matchups.

The 2K Sports Classic continues with two games at Madison Square Garden.

The Boilermakers face Villanova on Nov. 15 and then meet either Alabama or Oregon State the following day.

Purdue will be home Nov. 21 against UNC-Wilmington, then the Boilermakers go on the road Nov. 28 to face Clemson as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Purdue returns to Mackey Arena for games against Xavier (Dec. 1) and Lamar (Dec. 4).

The Boilermakers are at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 8.

Purdue meets Notre Dame as part of the Crossroads Classic on Dec. 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Purdue faces Ball State on Dec. 18 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers are home Dec. 29 against William & Mary.

The final non-conference game takes place Jan. 19, a home game against West Virginia.

Purdue also has exhibition home games against Montevallo (Oct. 30) and Newberry (Nov. 3).

Time and television information, along with the complete Big Ten schedule, will be announced “in the near future,” according to the news release.

lpope@jg.net

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