"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."
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.