Bring on the Boilermakers

Arizona' RPI was no help as the Wildcats received an eight seed. The good news is that they get a decent match-up with a Big-10 team for the second straight season.

The Wildcats will play the Purdue Boilermakers in New Orleans on Friday. Many thought that the Boilermakers were firmly on the bubble, but with a nine seed it appears that they had no worries.

"It's a very good opponent," assistant coach Josh Pastner said. They are very good. It is an opportunity to see where we stand. I think it will be a heck of an 8-9 game."

Purdue is 21-11 and went 9-7 in the Big Ten. They had wins over DePaul, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan State and Indiana. They also had losses to Indiana State, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan.

Their leading scorer and rebounder is 6-7, 252 pounder Carl Landry. The senior averages 18.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg.

As a team the Boilermakers average 69.9 ppg and shoot just 36% from the field.

The Wildcats played Wisconsin last year, but having faced a Big-10 team in a prior 8/9 game will be of no advantage according to Pastner.

"There is no advantage," Pastner explained. "This is a totally new year and all that matters is how we play this year."

If the Cats beat Purdue, they are set for a likely match-up against No. 1 seed Florida. The defending national champions were named the overall No. 1 team in the Tournament.

Arizona is one of six Pac-10 teams to get an invitation.

Associate Head Coach Jim Rosborough has already been assigned the job of scouting the Boilermaker.

The Wildcats have been invited to consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

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