Purdue Boilermakers
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School Name: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Arena: Mackey Arena
Capacity: 14,123
Conference: Big Ten
Head coach: Matt Painter

The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball is rich in tradition and history, holding the record for Big Ten Championships (21), along with being the only program in the conference to boast winning records versus every other school in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers won their only National Championship in 1932, awarded by the Helms Athletic Foundation prior to the establishment of the NCAA. The Boilermakers share a classic rivalry with the Indiana, of which Purdue owns a 107-84 series lead. Most recently the Boilermakers were defeated by the Hoosiers 77-68 in Bloomington on February 19, 2008.

Boilermaker Basketball History

The history of Purdue basketball dates back to 1896 with their first game against the Lafayette YMCA. Ten years later the Boilermakers began play in the Big Ten Conference, with its first championship coming just five years later. In 1917 Ward "Piggy" Lambert was named head coach of the Boilermakers. What followed was one of the most dominant eras of Purdue Basketball on the conference and national level. In 28-plus seasons in direction of Purdue basketball, Lambert mentored 16 All-Americans and 31 first team All-Big Ten selections. Lambert compiled a career record of 371-152, a .709 winning percentage. His 228 wins in Big Ten play have been bested by only Indiana’s Bob Knight and former Purdue head coach Gene Keady. Lambert won an unprecedented 11 Big Ten Championships (tied with Knight) and one National Championship in 1932. The 1932 National Championship team was led by three-time All-American and future hall of fame UCLA coach John Wooden.

Over the next few decades the Boilermakers would enjoy moderate success, culminating with an appearance in the 1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Game where they would fall to former Purdue great John Wooden's UCLA Bruins.

In 1980 Gene Keady was named the head coach of the Boilermakers. Over the next 25 years, Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten Championships, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, and five Sweet Sixteen appearances. In December 1997 Keady became Purdue's all-time winningest head coach, surpassing Lambert with his 372nd win. It was at this time Keady's namesake was bestowed on the floor of Mackey Arena. Keady's parking permit for the Mackey Arena lot was uniquely renamed "Permit 372" and relocated directly in front of the east doors to the arena. Many of Keady's former assistant coaches throughout the years have gone on to enjoy success as head coaches, including current Purdue head coach Matt Painter, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, Illinois head coach Bruce Weber (coach), and Missouri State head coach Cuonzo Martin. It was widely assumed that upon Keady's retirement Weber would assume the role as the head coach of Purdue basketball, however he accepted the head coaching position at Illinois prior to Keady's retirement.

As the Keady era came to a close in 2005, the Painter era began. Painter played for Keady from 1990-1993, with Keady naming him captain in his senior year. In 2004, Painter was hired as a planned replacement for Coach Keady. After a disappointing first season marred with injuries, Painter re-energized Purdue basketball in the summer of 2006 by signing the top high school class in the Big Ten and one of the top five nationally. The program's good fortunes continued well into the 2006-07 season with the Boilermakers finishing 4th with a 9-7 Big 10 conference record, 22-12 overall, with Purdue's first invite to the NCAA tournament since 2003. Matt Painter and his "Baby Boilers" finished the 2007-08 regular season with a 15-3 Big Ten record and 25-9 overall, including a second straight NCAA appearance.

Boilermaker Home Courts

*The playing surface at Mackey Arena was named Keady Court in honor of former coach Gene Keady in December 1997.

Current coaching staff

Season-by-season results

Season Head coach Conf. Overall Postseason Notes
1897 F. Homer Curtis - 1-1
1900 Alpha Jamison - 0-1
1901 Alpha Jamison - 12-0
1902 C.M. Besy - 10-3
1903 C.I. Freeman - 8-0
1904 (None) - 11-2
1905 James Nufer - 3-6
1906 C.B. Jamison 3-6 (5th) 4-7
1907 C.B. Jamison 2-6 (4th) 7-8
1908 C.B. Jamison 0-8 (5th) 5-9
1909 E.J. Stewart 6-4 (2nd) 8-4
1910 Ralph Jones 5-5 (5th) 8-5
1911 Ralph Jones 8-4 (1st) 12-4 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1912 Ralph Jones 10-0 (1st) 12-0 Big Ten Champion
1913 R.E. Vaughn 6-5 (4th) 7-5
1914 R.E. Vaughn 3-9 (7th) 5-9
1915 R.E. Vaughn 4-8 (6th) 5-8
1916 R.E. Vaughn 2-10 (9th) 4-10
1917 Ward Lambert 7-2 (3rd) 11-3
1918 J.J. Maloney 5-5 (4th) 11-5
1919 Ward Lambert 4-7 (7th) 6-8
1920 Ward Lambert 8-2 (2nd) 16-4
1921 Ward Lambert 8-4 (1st) 13-7 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1922 Ward Lambert 8-1 (1st) 15-3 Big Ten Champion
1923 Ward Lambert 7-5 (4th) 9-6
1924 Ward Lambert 7-5 (4th) 12-5
1925 Ward Lambert 7-4 (4th) 9-5
1926 Ward Lambert 8-4 (1st) 13-4 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1927 Ward Lambert 9-3 (2nd) 12-5
1928 Ward Lambert 10-2 (1st) 15-2 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1929 Ward Lambert 9-3 (3rd) 13-4
1930 Ward Lambert 10-0 (1st) 13-2 Big Ten Champion
1931 Ward Lambert 8-4 (3rd) 12-5
1932 Ward Lambert 11-1 (1st) 17-1 National Champion Big Ten Champion
1933 Ward Lambert 6-6 (5th) 11-7
1934 Ward Lambert 10-2 (1st) 17-3 Big Ten Champion
1935 Ward Lambert 9-3 (1st) 17-3 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1936 Ward Lambert 11-1 (1st) 16-4 Big Ten Champion (tie)
1937 Ward Lambert 8-4 (4th) 15-5
1938 Ward Lambert 10-2 (1st) 18-2 Big Ten Champion
1939 Ward Lambert 6-6 (5th) 12-7
1940 Ward Lambert 10-2 (1st) 16-4 Big Ten Champion
1941 Ward Lambert 6-6 (6th) 13-7
1942 Ward Lambert 9-6 (5th) 14-7
1943 Ward Lambert 6-6 (4th) 9-11
1944 Ward Lambert 8-4 (4th) 11-10
1945 Ward Lambert 6-6 (4th) 9-11
1946 Lambert/Taube 4-8 (8th) 10-11
1947 Mel Taube 4-8 (8th) 9-11
1948 Mel Taube 6-6 (5th) 11-9
1949 Mel Taube 6-6 (4th) 13-9
1950 Mel Taube 3-9 (8th) 9-13
1951 Ray Eddy 4-10 (8th) 8-14
1952 Ray Eddy 3-11 (10th) 8-14
1953 Ray Eddy 3-15 (9th) 4-18
1954 Ray Eddy 3-11 (9th) 9-13
1955 Ray Eddy 5-9 (6th) 12-10
1956 Ray Eddy 9-5 (3rd) 16-6
1957 Ray Eddy 8-6 (5th) 15-7
1958 Ray Eddy 9-5 (2nd) 14-8
1959 Ray Eddy 8-6 (2nd) 15-7
1960 Ray Eddy 6-8 (6th) 11-12
1961 Ray Eddy 10-4 (2nd) 16-7
1962 Ray Eddy 9-5 (3rd) 17-7
1963 Ray Eddy 2-12 (10th) 7-17
1964 Ray Eddy 8-6 (4th) 12-12
1965 Ray Eddy 5-9 (7th) 12-12
1966 George King (basketball) 4-10 (9th) 8-16
1967 George King 7-7 (5th) 15-9
1968 George King 9-5 (3rd) 15-9
1969 George King 13-1 (1st) 23-5 NCAA (Runner Up) Big Ten Champion
1970 George King 11-3 (2nd) 18-6
1971 George King 11-3 (3rd) 18-7 NIT (First Round)
1972 George King 6-8 (5th) 12-12
1973 Fred Schaus 8-6 (3rd) 15-9
1974 Fred Schaus 10-4 (3rd) 21-9 NIT (Champion)
1975 Fred Schaus 11-7 (3rd) 17-11 NCIT (Final Four)
1976 Fred Schaus 11-7 (3rd) 16-11
1977 Fred Schaus 14-4 (3rd) *20-8
1978 Fred Schaus 11-7 (4th) 16-11
1979 Lee Rose 13-5 (1st) 27-8 NIT (Runner-Up) Big Ten Champion (tie)
1980 Lee Rose 11-7 (3rd) 23-10 NCAA (3rd Place)
1981 Gene Keady 10-8 (4th) 21-11 NIT (3rd Place)
1982 Gene Keady 11-7 (5th) 18-14 NIT (Runner-Up)
1983 Gene Keady 11-7 (2nd) 21-9 NCAA (2nd Round)
1984 Gene Keady 15-3 (1st) 22-7 NCAA (2nd Round) Big Ten Champion (tie)
1985 Gene Keady 11-7 (5th) 20-9 NCAA (1st Round)
1986 Gene Keady 11-7 (4th) 22-10 NCAA (1st Round)
1987 Gene Keady 15-3 (1st) 25-5 NCAA (2nd Round) Big Ten Champion (tie)
1988 Gene Keady 16-2 (1st) 29-4 NCAA (Sweet Sixteen) Big Ten Champion
1989 Gene Keady 8-10 (6th) 15-16
1990 Gene Keady 13-5 (2nd) 22-8 NCAA (2nd Round)
1991 Gene Keady 9-9 (5th) 17-12 NCAA (1st Round)
1992 Gene Keady 8-10 (6th) 18-15 NIT (Final Eight)
1993 Gene Keady 9-9 (5th) 18-10 NCAA (1st Round)
1994 Gene Keady 14-4 (1st) 29-5 NCAA (Elite Eight) Big Ten Champion
1995 Gene Keady 15-3 (1st) 25-7 NCAA (2nd Round) Big Ten Champion
1996 Gene Keady 15-3 (1st) 26-6 NCAA (2nd Round)* Big Ten Champion
1997 Gene Keady 12-6 (2nd) 18-12 NCAA (2nd Round)
1998 Gene Keady 12-4 (3rd) 28-8 NCAA (Sweet Sixteen)
1999 Gene Keady 7-9 (7th) 21-13 NCAA (Sweet Sixteen)
2000 Gene Keady 12-4 (3rd) 24-10 NCAA (Elite Eight)
2001 Gene Keady 6-10 (8th) 17-15 NIT (Elite Eight)
2002 Gene Keady 5-11 (8th) 13-18
2003 Gene Keady 10-6 (3rd) 19-11 NCAA (Second Round)
2004 Gene Keady 7-9 (7th) 17-14 NIT (First Round)
2005 Gene Keady 3-13 (10th) 7-21
2006 Matt Painter 3-13 (10th) 9-19
2007 Matt Painter 9-7 (4th) 22-12 NCAA (Second Round)
2008 Matt Painter 15-3 (2nd) 25-9 NCAA (Second Round)

*[[vacated]] by NCAA

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