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This article is an overview of Purdue Basketball: its history, player accomplishments, and current level of success. One thing a number of Best Sports Blog users have asked for is biographies on major NCAA basketball programs-Purdue among them-so this is one of a series of articles designed to meet that need. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the history of Boilermaker basketball:
Purdue’s basketball program dates back to the pre-tournament era. Indeed, Purdue’s greatest basketball moment came in that time period since the Boilermakers won the national championship in 1932. Since then, Purdue has been a major national program and a big time player on several occasions but has never actually won it all.
Purdue enjoyed a modest level of success from 1932-1968 but it was in 1969 that Purdue again started to become a serious player on the national basketball stage. The Boilermakers reached the NCAA Championship in 1969 but lost and made it back to the NCAA Final Four in 1980 with a number of NCAA tournament appearances in between. Since 1980, Purdue has been a regular at the NCAA tournament but has only made the NCAA Final Four twice-in 1994 and 2000-and was never a NCAA national champion or even runner up. With that said, the Boilermakers have remained a strong program and continue to compete for the Big Ten title every year.
In 2010, a strong Purdue team was a national title favorite for much of the year. However, because the team lost star Robbie Hummel, Purdue only made it to the Sweet Sixteen. The 2011 Boilermakers were also hyped up and managed to make the NCAA tournament as 3rd seeds but the Boilermakers are not favorites to win any National Championships soon. Still, Purdue remains a strong, proud, and competitive program that will continue to be a player on the national basketball stage for years to come.
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