The Purdue Boilermakers, all the way from Lafayette, Indiana, are taking on the Kansas Jayhawks who are playing just 35 miles away from campus.
The Jayhawks may have the home court advantage, but the Boilermakers are ready to embrace the KU crowd in Kansas City.
“It’s better than having an empty crowd… It’s gonna be extremely loud and extremely hostile. I’m just looking forward to playing those guys,” Purdue center Issac Haas said.
Adding on to Haas’ optimism, Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan also feels confident about the game.
“You know what you’re going to expect,” Swanigan said. “Everything is going against you. Playing with your back against the wall helps sometimes.”
Kansas guard Josh Jackson is also ready for the challenge and says it always a plus to have the crowd on their side.
The Jayhawks and Boilermakers tip off at 8:40 Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri.