PORTLAND, Ore. — Purdue basketball is taking to the streets for the first time in the 2022-23 season as it prepares for a matchup with West Virginia in the first round of the Phil Knight Legacy invitational tournament on Thursday.
Thursday night’s matchup is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on ESPN2. The program is 22-6 in tournament competitions dating back to 2014.
Depending on the outcome of the game, the team plays against either No. 6 Gonzaga or against Portland State. After the Thanksgiving weekend event, the Boilermakers travel to Tallahassee, Florida to face Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“The journey is going to be a little different for everyone depending on where you’re from,” said Purdue coach Matt Painter. “And what happens after that, we have the quick turnaround. Fly back here and then to Florida.
“It’s part of it, it’s not something that can’t be achieved to be successful on both journeys, but it does get a little tricky at times. You just have to worry about the game in front of you.”
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Here’s everything you need to know before the game, including TV info and a look at West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
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Purdue: Matt Painter is in his 18th season as Purdue Basketball’s head coach. He owns an overall record of 387-192 with the program, including a 194-115 mark in the Big Ten. With just 13 more wins, Painter may become only the fifth coach in Big Ten history with 400 career wins in a conference school, where he joins Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady and Lou Henson.
Painter began his career as a head coach in Southern Illinois, where he led the team to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference in the 2003-04 season with a 25-5 aggregate record and losing just one game in league games.
West Virginia: Bob Huggins is in his 16th season at the helm of West Virginia. He has an overall record of 330-198 with the program and has guided the Mountaineers to 10 NCAA tournament appearances, including a Final Four in 2010.
Huggins began his career as a head coach at Walsh in 1980 and since then has racked up 920 career victories as a collegiate basketball coach.
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