PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Montez Mathis had a career-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half, and No. 14 Rutgers beat Purdue 81-76 on Tuesday night without leading scorer Ron Harper Jr.

The Big Ten is on the verge of canceling football this fall, a historic move in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people and claimed more than 160,000 lives in the United States.

Morgan Burke, who served as Purdue University's athletics director from 1993 to 2016, died Monday at his home in West Lafayette.

Evan Boudreaux’s first season with the Purdue men’s basketball team was never the same after the 6-8 forward suffered a groin injury in a loss at Michigan State.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zavier Simpson scored 22 points, Jon Teske added 18 and Michigan’s seniors made big shots late as the 19th-ranked Wolverines outlasted Purdue 84-78 in double overtime on Thursday night.

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton's penchant for using lots of players paid off with a huge trophy after defeating Purdue on Saturday night in the Emerald Coast Classic championship game.

NICEVILLE, Florida (AP) — Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor each scored 12 points, including crucial free throws in the final two minutes, as Purdue upset No. 20 VCU 59-56 on Friday night in the Emerald Coast Classic.

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue’s usually strong defense reappeared Saturday. So did the offensive rebounders.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski’s message to his club at halftime Wednesday night was that it needed to be tougher. It needed to be more physical.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Aidan O’Connell has a knack for leading game-winning drives. He engineered his second in as many weeks with help from kicker J.D. Dellinger.

After trailing 24-7 at halftime, Carson Strong, the first freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Nevada since 1998, led the Wolf Pack to a 34-31 victory Friday against Purdue for the second win against a Big Ten team in program history.

The week started with nine of the 14 Big Ten football teams coming out of spring practices planning to continue quarterback auditions in August. The number was down to seven by Friday.

The season did not end as Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett intended. The fabulous freshmen came to Duke to win a national championship and their bid came up short with a loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight.

Former Indiana star Calbert Cheaney, former Purdue star Terry Dischinger and former Valparaiso coach Homer Drew are part of the 2019 class selected Tuesday for the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters.

The Big Ten men’s basketball title is within reach for No. 11-ranked Purdue heading into the final week of games.

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