Purdue March Madness Schedule: When do the Boilermakers play next?

When do Zach Edey and the Purdue Boilermakers play next in March Madness?

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The Purdue Boilermakers (29-4, 17-3 in Big Ten), led by 7-foot-4 big man and AP Player of the Year favorite Zach Edey, entered the 2024 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region — only the fifth time the program has entered March Madness as a top-seeded team.

Their most recent trip to The Big Dance as a No.1 seed was last season when the No. 16-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson Knights eliminated them in the first round. With so many players from last year’s team returning for Purdue, they are looking to avenge their shocking and disappointing loss. But when will they get their first crack at redemption?

Purdue March Madness Schedule

Purdue took on the winner of the First Four meeting between the Grambling State Tigers (20-14- 17-4 in SWAC) and Montana State Bobcats (17-17, 12-9 in Big Sky) on Friday. Grambling State won that First Four matchup but was no competition for Purdue, who won 78-50.

Gramblling's size was a concern for their upset hopes. They had no player taller than 6-foot-11, which made it difficult for them to contain Edey in the paint to pull off the upset. His interior presence loomed large, with Edey scoring 30 points and corralling 21 rebounds.

Next up, Purdue plays Utah State, an eight seed. Utah had the tight 8/9 matchup against TCU but won convincingly, 88-72. The Aggies had a balanced attack against the Horned Frogs, with four of their five starters scoring in double digits.

The Aggies have Kalifa Sakho at 6-foot-11, Isaac Johnson at 7-foot and Jackson Grant at 6-foot-10. Neither of those three have been starters this year, but look for the Aggies to throw new looks at Purdue and Edey's size. Sakho, specifically, was not a regular minutes-eater, but creeped up toward 20 minutes in certain games throughout the year. There may be no better time than going up against Purdue's size to get him some minutes. Sakho got 14 in the round of 64 game.

Who will Purdue play next in March Madness?

If the Boilermakers advance beyond Utah State, they will take on Gonzaga (5) who beat the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

Purdue as the top dog in the Midwest division of the bracket will remain favorites until upset, but the Gonzaga matchup projects to be one of the tougher ones left. Tennessee, the No. 2 seed, remains in ther division as well and takes on Texas (7) at 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday, but Purdue will not see them until the Elite Eight.

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