Carsen Edwards broke out of his shooting slump with 21 points and Purdue shot 17 of 26 from 3-point range to beat Auburn 96-71 and capture the Cancun Challenge title.
Isaac Haas scored 26 points and Dakota Mathias added 25, both career highs, as No. 17 Purdue beat Utah State 85-64 in the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday night.
The biggest change in Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings? Iowa's Peter Jok, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, moves up two spots to enter the top half of the list.
Indiana leads a quintet of Big Ten teams ranked in the latest AP poll, released Monday. The Hoosiers come in at No. 3 and are receiving two first-place votes.
No. 15 Purdue struggled for most of the night before erupting with a 20-0 run to edge Georgia State, 64-56 in the opener of the Cancun Challenge.
Some players moved around from the first to second week in my weekly player rankings, but Badgers big man Nigel Hayes remained top dog.
Josh Hart scored 24 points and Darryl Reynolds added 12 to lead No. 3 Villanova to a 79-76 victory over No. 15 Purdue on Monday night.
How far would Indiana ascend in the latest major polls following its season-opening overtime win vs. then-No. 3 Kansas? The answer is five spots, as the Hoosiers, previously No. 11, are No. 5 in the AP poll, released Monday.
If the performances match the mutual respect, Monday night's Gavitt Tipoff Games battle between reigning NCAA champion and No. 3 Villanova and No. 15 Purdue in Mackey Arena has the potential to be special.
Make no mistake, the Big Ten POY award is completely up for grabs this season! And in an era dominated by guards, the Big Ten boasts some of the top forwards and centers in the country. Just the way I like it!