For the last twenty or thirty years the prevailing wisdom has been that the Atlantic Coast Conference or the now defunct Big East Conference were the best college basketball conferences in the country. That is starting to change as new conferences including the Southeastern Conference and the Big ten start to become players on the national scene. Purdue University is one of the historically most successful teams in the Big 10 Conference and they’ve definitely been at it for a long time–the Boilermakers played their first college basketball game in 1896. They’ve won the Big 10 title more than any other team (22 times) and have made the NCAA Tournament field on 26 occasions.
Although the Purdue program has been decent for much of the past century it really moved to another level beginning in 1980. That was the year that Gene Keady was hired as head coach. Keady would coach at Purdue for the next 25 years during which the Boilermakers would establish themselves as one of the premier basketball programs in the United States. Under Keady the team made the NCAA Tournament field 17 times and won the Big 10 Title on six occasions. Keady would finish his career in 2005 as the second winningest coach in Big 10 history behind Bobby Knight, who coached at Purdue’s arch rival Indiana. Keady actually got the best of Knight in head to head play during his coaching career–he won 21 of 41 all time meetings.
The Boilermakers currently play their home games in Mackey Arena which has served the campus since 1967. Originally called Purdue Arena, it was renamed in 1972 to honor former athletic director Guy Mackey. Since then the basketball court has been given the moniker ‘Keady Court’ to honor their former head coach. Mackey Arena has a reputation for being one of the noisiest venues in college basketball and a very difficult place for opposing teams to play.
Like all Big 10 teams, Purdue gets it’s fair share of television coverage on ESPN and other sports networks. Additionally, they’re frequently featured on the conference’s own television network (The Big 10 Network). Both ESPN and The Big ten Network have a robust online platform that often features streaming Purdue games live. Both networks also make their streaming services available on tablets and smartphones. The downside is that their services are limited to cable subscribers and in some cases require an additional subscription charge.
For that reason many fans prefer to watch Purdue basketball online free. Finding free sports streams is not the least bit difficult thanks to a variety of websites that collate a comprehensive index organized by sport featuring just about every game on the schedule. These sites include Wiziwig.tv, VIPBoxSports, Stream2Watch, Sports Lemon TV and others. The specific address of the sites change frequently so it’s a good idea to do a search to get their latest domain name. You can find streams that use a variety of different video protocols as well as a variety of streaming speeds. That way you can find a Purdue Boilermakers basketball live stream that your Internet service can handle.
Streaming Purdue basketball games live is as easy as watching a YouTube video. Most live streams use a Flash interface similar to YouTube’s and can be found at several different bandwidth speeds. In addition, most sites offer streams accessible via third party software like Stream Torrent and AceStream. These programs are based on peer to peer technology and allow you to watch Purdue basketball online free at higher speeds and with clearer video. The best live sports streams deliver video and audio service that rivals high definition TV in terms of quality. With anything but the most outdated computer and a fast broadband Internet connection you can enjoy your Purdue Boilermakers basketball live stream just like you were watching it on TV.
In fact, there are several ways that you can do just that–watch streaming Purdue games live on your television. Obviously it’s possible to watch streams on your computer and with the right monitor your viewing experience can be as good as with a television. You can’t beat a tablet or smartphone for convenience and many streams work with both types of devices. But the most enjoyable way to watch your Purdue Boilermakers basketball live stream is using a device like a Roku box or Google ChromeCast. These devices allow you to play your computer streams on your television for the best live sports viewing experience possible.