No. 18 Purdue and No. 2 Arizona are meeting on Friday night in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Both ranked teams enter on two-game losing streaks and need a win to avoid a win-less tournament. Find the score and live updates between Purdue and Arizona below:
Purdue-Arizona basketball score, live updates
Purdue-Arizona basketball game time, details
Date: November 24, 2017
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. CT
Location: Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Odds: This game has an even line with an over/under of 154, per MyBookie.
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The Boilermakers and Wildcats might have expected to play each other given they were two of three ranked teams in the Atlantis field, but it’s quite likely neither thought they would be playing under these circumstances. Both teams limp into Friday night’s seventh-place game after losing their last two games. Purdue dropped games to both Tennessee and Western Kentucky, while Arizona was upset by NC State and SMU.
”It (stinks), to be honest,” Purdue big man Isaac Haas said, according to the Associated Press. ”But I mean, it’s true. They out-toughed us and so did Tennessee.”
Added teammate P.J. Thompson: ”(Getting to the Sweet 16 last year) don’t mean nothing,” he said. ”That just puts a target on your back. And if you’re not mature enough to handle a target on your back, then that stuff that happened this week is going to happen.”
Purdue is led in scoring by guard Carsen Edwards, who averages 17.3 points per game, and Purdue as a team is averaging 92.7 points per game — a mark that is tied for 16th-best in the country.
But the Boilermakers will be up against one of the nation’s top players. Allonzo Trier averages 27.8 points per game, the second-best mark in the country, and the Wildcats star has shot 59.2 percent from the floor during his first five games of the 2017-18 season. Trier had 22 points, but his teammates were mostly quiet in a 66-60 loss to SMU.
Both teams will try to avoid leaving the Bahamas with one win when they meet on Friday night.
“We’re not out of this yet,” Miller told the Arizona Daily Star. “Clearly there’s a lot on the line. I know like our program they have a lot on the line.”