I personally like that we are playing in the CBI. Yes, we are opening up ourselves to having to hear the chants of "CBI" from other teams next year but we can handle that. This will be a time for Purdue to work on getting better. Our Freshman will only get better with more playing time and these are quality opponents. Most of the schools in the CBI with the exception of Texas are solid mid-major teams.
I look for Purdue to use this tournament as a spring board for the 2013-2014 season. Teams like Oregon and VCU were in the CBI and look at where their programs are today, they are both dancing in the NCAA. VCU especially, after winning the CBI went to the Final Four next year only to fall short against a Cinderella Butler team. Now, I'm not saying Purdue will win the Big Ten and get a 1 seed in the NCAA tourney next year but I think this can only be a positive.
So Purdue will open Wednesday against Western Illinois. The game will be on TV as AXStv has coverage of the whole tournament. From what I have seen on Twitter, most people with digital/satellite cable get AXStv. As far as tickets go, VIP students are free (non VIP are $5), Upper bowl is $10 General Admission, Lower bowl bench seats (reserved) are $15 and JPC seats (reserved) are $25. We may be disappointed that we are playing in the CBI and for good reason. However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't go support them. So get cheer on the Boilers as DJ and Dru get at least one more home game. While the other players get more practice with Painter and experience against quality opponents. Boiler Up!