The Purdue Boilermakers men’s basketball team unveiled its nonconference schedule on Monday.
At the top of the list, the Carroll College Fightin’ Saints.
On Nov. 1 the Saints will travel to Mackey Arena to face the Boilermakers. It will be the second time Cunningham’s program has visited Purdue. The Boilermakers won the previous matchup 90-49.
Saints coach Carson Cunningham, entering his fifth season at the helm for the Saints, links the two schools.
“Grateful to return to Purdue – Mackey Arena & Gene Keady Court – with the Carroll College Fighting Saints,” Cunningham tweeted. “Thanks Coach (Matt) Painter.”
Cunningham, after playing collegiately at Oregon State, transferred to Purdue, where the Boilermakers made two Sweet 16 appearances and made it to the Elite Eight once. Cunningham graduated from Purdue in 2001 after playing three seasons in his home state.
The match at Purdue becomes another high profile game the Saints program has scheduled under Cunningham. Last season, Carroll built a stout nonconference schedule – with games in Canada, against Washington State and Idaho – that led to a 15-3 conference run and an outright Frontier Conference title.
The Saints program graduated one of its greatest players in its history when Zach Taylor played his final game in the NAIA quarterfinals this past spring. He helped the Saints and Cunningham to a pair of quarterfinals appearances and two of the best seasons in the Saints’ existence.
Purdue, meanwhile, is a program renowned for its style of basketball, rich tradition, and churning out NBA Draft prospects. Sophomore Caleb Swanigan, who finished as an All-American this past NCAA season, forewent the rest of his Boilermakers career and is likely to be a lottery pick later this month.
The Boilermakers went 27-8 last season and advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Kansas.
The Saints have not released their schedule yet.