Fans, media react to Purdue’s stunning upset win over Duke in Phil Knight Legacy tournament
Not a lot of people may have picked Purdue to win the Phil Knight Legacy tournament. The Boilermakers stunned the top ranked Duke Blue Devils 75-56 on Sunday.
Something that was uncertain about this Purdue team was how they would look with the loss of former star Jaden Ivey, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons. However, Zach Edey and company were lights out.
Edey finished the game with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. Other top scorers for the Boilermakers were Fletcher Loyer (18 points) and Caleb Furst (11 points).
Before beating Duke, the Boilermakers got wins over West Virginia and Gonzaga. Fans and media members were gushing about the team that Matt Painter has built in West Lafayette. Some of them even were clamoring for Purdue to ranked No. 1 in the country.
Even Ivey made sure to praise his former team.
Here are some of the reactions to the dominant win over Duke by Purdue:
18 point win over Gonzaga.
19 point win over Duke.
Purdue basketball is it.
— Boiler In Texas (@BoilerInTexas) November 27, 2022
Why yes, Purdue football did just clinch the big ten west and a spot in the title match while basketball also beat top 10 Gonzaga and Duke all in the same weekend
I can’t believe that’s a real sentence
— The Ultimate Boiler (@UltimateBoiler) November 27, 2022
Purdue has built basically the perfect roster around Edey with four dudes who play super unselfishly, read the floor well, rotate the ball quickly, and can all shoot. This rules. Painter is such a stud from a talent evaluation perspective. Knows exactly what works for his system.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) November 27, 2022
Purdue started the season similarly last year, so not ready to crown this team and say they’re better just yet
But I’ve seen enough to confidently say I like this Purdue team more than last year’s
— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) November 27, 2022
Purdue been filthy this weekend
— Gado (@michael6delgado) November 27, 2022
— Stephen Crociata (@SCrociata) November 27, 2022
A Purdue basketball team that plays defense hits so much different! #BoilerUp!!!
— Jake From General (@JakeFromGeneral) November 27, 2022
This has been one of the best weekends In the history of Purdue sports.
— Matthew (@wx_MatthewG) November 27, 2022
Proud of da guys @BoilerBall! We hungry for more 🚂🚂🚂
— Jaden Ivey (@IveyJaden) November 27, 2022
Purdue is going to be ranked in the Top 10 in basketball tomorrow, and heading to the Big Ten Football Championship next Saturday. What a freaking weekend. #BTFU
— Beneath The Paint (@BeneathThePaint) November 27, 2022