Purdue to take on Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Maui

Purdue to take on Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Maui
August 6, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Purdue is going to have to go all the way to Hawaii to see a familiar face.

The Boilermakers are one of eight participants in a packed field for this fall's Maui Invitational, which begins Nov. 24, and their first game pits them against Bruce Weber's Kansas State Wildcats.

Weber was a longtime Purdue assistant, spending 17 years under Gene Keady. He then moved on to the head-coaching position at Southern Illinois, where current Purdue head coach Matt painter was one of his assistants, before spending nine more years in the Big Ten as the head coach at Illinois.

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Purdue saw Weber 18 times over his nine seasons in Champaign. The Boilermakers won 11 of those meetings, including the final seven.

Purdue hasn't faced Kansas State since 1988 and trails, 6-2, in the all-time series.

Should Purdue get by Weber and Kansas State, it would be a second-round matchup with either Missouri or Arizona. Those Wildcats, who landed a No. 1 seed in this spring's NCAA tournament, are expected to again be one of the country's best teams. If the Boilermakers were to keep winning, potential championship-game opponents include Pittsburgh, Chaminade, BYU and San Diego State.