The Purdue men’s basketball program has learned that it will face Iona in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as ESPN released the tournament bracket on Wednesday.
The Boilermakers’ first-ever meeting with Iona will take place at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 17 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. The Gaels posted a 25-12 record a year ago, earning runner-up honors in the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament.
Purdue will face either Temple or Western Michigan in second-round action on Nov. 18. The Boilers are 2-3 all-time against Temple, with the last meeting occurring in the 1999 NCAA Sweet 16, and 7-1 in a series with WMU that has been dormant since 1996.
Thursday’s first-round action will also include Maryland taking on Alabama and Wichita State squaring off with Colorado on the other half of the bracket.
Tickets for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off go on sale Friday, and can be purchased at ticketpop.com or by calling (866) 994-0001. Packages include all 12 games for $80 (plus tax and applicable fees) or single-session tickets for $15 (plus tax and applicable fees).