Purdue to play in CBI

Purdue will play in the College Basketball Invitational, hosting Western Illinois in first-round action on Wednesday evening.

Purdue will play on. The Boilermakers have accepted a big to the College Basketball Invitational, and it will host Western Illinois on Wednesday.

"We're happy for the chance to continue our season and excited that the Gazelle Group afforded us this opportunity," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "I'm confident that this will be a positive step for the future of our program."

This is the first time a Big Ten program has played in the CBI, a tournament in its sixth year of existence.

For the Purdue program, the tournament offers the chance for a young team to gain needed experience.

Tipoff for Wednesday's contest is at 7 ET. from Mackey Arena.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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