Purdue’s students have been amped up for weeks to welcome their biggest rival, Indiana, to town.
When that date finally came Tuesday, they couldn’t wait any longer.
More than 90 minutes before the game’s scheduled start, pedestrian areas around Mackey Arena were overflowing with fans outside the doors. And when those doors finally did open about 60 minutes before tipoff, the student sections quickly filled up and it didn’t take long for the Hoosiers to be serenaded by boos.
.@MollyAMcGrath said she's never seen a line like what's outside to get into a game.
— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) February 28, 2017
Those lines don’t happen often in West Lafayette.
Security guards and longtime observers said they hadn’t seen anything like that since 2010-11, though they couldn’t pinpoint a precise game.
But with a share of the Big Ten title at stake on their home court against Indiana, the students wanted to make sure they had something to say.