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Boilers announce nonleague opponents

– Purdue released its men’s basketball nonconference schedule Thursday.

The slate features 10 home games, including two exhibition matchups for the Boilermakers. Purdue’s regular season will begin Nov. 8 at home against Northern Kentucky.

Coach Matt Painter’s squad will take part in three nonconference events: The Old Spice Classic, with games in West Lafayette and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.; the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at home; and the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.

Based on the end-of-season rankings, the average RPI of the 10 games Purdue is guaranteed to play – it will play some opponents yet to be determined during the Old Spice Classic – is 205.

The Boilermakers play five opponents with RPIs of 200 or more.

They are playing only one opponent – Butler in the Crossroads Classic – within the top 50.

Purdue will play four teams in 12 days to start the season, with the game against Northern Kentucky and home games against Central Connecticut State on Nov. 13, Rider on Nov. 17 and Eastern Illinois on Nov. 20.

The Boilermakers take on Siena on Nov. 24 in their first Old Spice Classic game.

Purdue will participate in the rest of the Old Spice Classic from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

Purdue’s ACC Challenge opponent, Boston College, will come to West Lafayette on Dec. 4, with Eastern Michigan (Dec. 7) as the Boilermakers’ last opponent before finals.

The Crossroads Classic game against Butler on Dec. 14, a Dec. 17 game against Maryland-Eastern Shore and a showdown in Morgantown, W.Va., with West Virginia round out the nonconference schedule.

Purdue’s home exhibition games are against Indianapolis on Oct. 30 and Wayne State on Nov. 4.

smorrison@jg.net

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