Purdue basketball to play neutral-site matchup vs. SEC power, per report
Purdue basketball ended the 2022-23 season in disappointing fashion but did manage to win the regular-season B1G title and B1G Tournament title and entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.
Now, the Boilermakers might have to replace National Player of the Year Zach Edey as the star big man tests the NBA Draft waters. Edey could still return for another season, and if he does, he would reportedly get a chance to face a marquee SEC opponent in Canada with Purdue.
According to basketball insider Adam Zagoria, Purdue and Alabama will face a neutral-site game on Dec. 9 this upcoming season. That game is slated to be played in Toronto.
.@AlabamaMBB non-con schedule highlights@BoilerBall in Toronto (Dec. 9)@ArizonaMBB in Phoenix (Dec. 20)
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 3, 2023
With or without Edey, a matchup between Purdue and Alabama would be a big-time showdown for everyone involved. Both the Crimson Tide and Boilermakers won their respective conferences and tournament titles a season ago while capturing No. 1 seeds for March Madness. Nate Oats’ Alabama program was the top seed in the country.
Alabama big man Charles Bediako is also from Canada and is similarly testing the NBA Draft. If Bediako and Edey do return, it would create a particularly memorable matchup for the two players this upcoming season.