No. 15 Purdue came just short of landing a huge November win on Monday night.
The Boilermakers fell 79-76 at home to defending champion and No. 3 Villanova. And while Purdue didn’t get the victory, the team still captured the attention of the college basketball world and showed it can be a real threat to win a Big Ten title.
And the Boilermakers are also going to get better, according to Villanova coach Jay Wright.
“They’re going to have a hell of a year,” Wright told the Big Ten Network.
Nova coach Jay Wright: "I know they’re (#Purdue) going to get a lot better. Down the road this is going to be a hellvua win."
— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) November 15, 2016
"We beat a very good team. Purdue's going to have a hell of a year."
— Purdue On BTN (@PurdueOnBTN) November 15, 2016
Center Isaac Haas had 22 points (the same total he hit in a season-opening win against McNeese State) against the defending champs and Caleb Swanigan added 20 for the Boilermakers.
If Purdue could have pulled off the home upset, it would’ve been the second time in four days that a Big Ten team knocked off the No. 3 team in the country. Indiana topped Kansas last week in the Armed Forces Classic.
The Hoosiers are the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll at No. 6. Wisconsin is No. 9, Michigan State is No. 13 and Purdue is two spots behind the Spartans.