One of the best early-season matchups of the college basketball season has No. 15-ranked Purdue hosting the defending national champion, No. 4 Villanova.
The game is part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games series, which pits eight Big Ten teams against Big East opponents throughout the week. It all gets started Monday with the Boilermakers and Wildcats.
Purdue vs. Villanova basketball time, details
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, Nov. 14
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
The line: Purdue is a 2-point favorite.
Which TV channel is Purdue basketball vs. Villanova on?
It will be televised nationally on Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Purdue vs. Villanova online?
It can be viewed online via BTN2Go.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Jon Crispin (color analyst).
How can I listen to Purdue vs. Villanova on the radio?
It can be heard on the Purdue Boilermaker Sports Network.
Purdue vs. Villanova basketball keys to the game
1. Which team comes ready for a fight?
This will be the first true test for both teams after each had easy season-opening wins on Friday night. The Boilermakers beat McNeese State 109-65 while the Wildcats dispatched Lafayette 88-48.
It’s also another chance for the Big Ten to gain credibility after Indiana’s overtime win over No. 3-ranked Kansas on opening night.
There will be recognizable faces all over the floor, with Purdue returning the bulk of its core from 2016-17 and the Wildcats featuring several stars from their championship run.
Jay Wright’s bunch is certainly more battle tested, but Matt Painter’s Boilermakers will be hungry to prove themselves in the national spotlight.
2. Can Purdue take advantage of its size advantage?
If the Boilermakers are able to find an advantage it will likely be down low, with preseason All-Big Ten forward Caleb Swanigan and 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas. Swanigan had 23 points, 20 rebounds and six assists in the season opener, and Haas added 22 points.
Senior forward Darryl Reynolds (6-9) is the tallest player who got double-digit minutes against Lafayette. After that the Wildcats are 6-7 or smaller.
3. Can the Boilermakers slow down on of the best backcourts in college basketball?
Villanova should have a decided edge in the backcourt, where Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson comprise one of the top tandems in the country. Kris Jenkins and Mikal Bridges are both threats as well.
The onus falls on P.J. Thompson and Dakota Mathias. Michigan transfer Spike Albrecht should also see big minutes off the bench, and freshman Carsen Edwards is coming off 18 points in his debut.
Also of interest
- Purdue has not played Villanova since 2012, and the Boilermakers are 0-2 all time against the school located in Philadelphia.
- Purdue hasn’t hosted a non-conference defending national champion in almost 50 years. The last time was 1967, when Lew Alcindor and UCLA beat the Boilermakers by two in the very first game played at Mackey Arena.
- This is the second year of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Big Ten and Big East split last year’s games with four wins apiece.