In a display of sheer basketball prowess, the Purdue Boilermakers demonstrated why they are currently ranked the number one college basketball team in the nation. On November 28, 2023, they secured a resounding 99-67 victory over Texas Southern, a triumph that extends Purdue's winning streak against nonconference opponents during the regular season to a remarkable 31 games.
A Team Firing on All Cylinders
The game was highlighted by standout performances from Purdue's top players, including Braden Smith and Zach Edey. Smith, with his stellar performance, came tantalizingly close to achieving a triple-double. He registered an impressive 19 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Zach Edey, the Canadian center, made a notable contribution with 15 points and six rebounds. These individual performances contributed significantly to Purdue's decisive victory.
Riding High on Success
Purdue's ascension to the No. 1 spot is not without merit. It comes on the heels of their success at the Maui Invitational, where they won three games in three days against top-tier teams, a feat that showcases their resilience and determination.
Texas Southern's Tough Run
Despite the loss, Texas Southern's players showed tenacity. Zytarious Mortle put up a strong effort with 25 points and six rebounds. However, Texas Southern's season has been a challenging one, with an 0-7 record that includes a mix of strong opponents and NCAA Tournament teams from the previous year. Their tough schedule suggests potential improvements as their season progresses.
Purdue maintained their undefeated record for November and is now set to face Big Ten rival Northwestern next. The upcoming games will be a testament to Purdue's strength and ability to maintain their top rank. On the other hand, Texas Southern will be looking to turn their season around, with their next game scheduled for December 16 against North Carolina A&T in Las Vegas.