WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Making its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Purdue men’s basketball team was awarded the No. 3 seed in the South Region and will play No. 14-seeded Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Boilermakers and Monarchs will tip at approximately 10 p.m. ET, on Thursday, March 21, at the XL Center in downtown Hartford. The contest will be televised by TBS with Carter Blackburn, Debbie Antonelli and John Schriffen on the call.
The Boilermakers enter the tournament with a 23-9 overall record and as champions of the Big Ten regular-season race. Purdue has won 17 of its last 21 games and own the nation’s fifth-ranked offense in offensive efficiency.
Purdue is making its 31st trip overall and fifth in a row, one of 10 teams nationally to make five consecutive appearances. In addition, Purdue has been a top-five seed in each of the last four years, one of six teams nationally to be a top-five seed in four straight tournaments.
Old Dominion is the No. 14 seed via winning the Conference USA conference tournament with a 62-56 decision over Western Kentucky on Saturday. The Monarchs are 26-8 overall and posted a 13-5 conference record. The Monarchs are stout on the defensive end, allowing just 60.9 points per game and foes to shoot just 39.1 percent from the field, ranking seventh and 10th nationally in the two categories respectively.
Senior Guard B.J. Stith leads ODU in scoring and rebounding at 16.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game, making 71 3-pointers on the season. Ahmad Carver, another senior guard, adds 16.5 points per game and 5.6 assists per game.
Purdue leads the all-time series with Old Dominion by a 2-0 advantage, last defeating the Monarchs 61-39 in the 2015 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic, played outside Hartford, Connecticut, at Mohegan Sun Arena.