Purdue Battles Jayhawks in Sweet 16
March 21, 2017

Game Notes / Watch Here / Listen Here / Live Stats / Tournament Central / Media Center
• INTERVIEWS: Thompson, Haas / Mathias, V. Edwards / Coach Painter


GAMEDAY INFORMATION
[4] Purdue (27-7) vs. [1] Kansas (30-4) / Midwest Region

Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 9:39 p.m. ET / CBS
TV Talent: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
Kansas City, Mo. / Sprint Center (18,961)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 4-seeded Purdue looks for its first Elite Eight appearance in 17 years when it battles top-seeded Kansas in its own backyard Thursday in the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Tip is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET / 8:40 p.m. CT and will be televised by CBS.

TEAM NOTES
• Purdue is making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2010 and its third trip to the Regional Semifinal under Matt Painter (2009, 2010).
• Purdue has scored 80 points in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games for the first time since the 1998 first and second rounds. The last time Purdue scored 80-plus points in three straight tournament games came during the 1994 tournament.
• Purdue is shooting 50.0 percent from the field in its two tournament games, including 45-of-78 (.577) from inside the three-point line.
• The Boilermakers have 43 assists against 20 turnovers in NCAA play and is outrebounding foes by 10.0 rebounds per game.
• Five players average at least 10.5 points per game in NCAA Tournament play and another one, P.J. Thompson, averages 7.5 points.
• Purdue (8th) and Kansas (5th) are among the top 10 nationally in 3-point percentage. The teams also rank 65th (Purdue) and 69th (Kansas), respectively, in field goal percentage defense.
• Both Purdue and Kansas won their respective conference regular-season crowns. And both teams lost in the first round of the conference tournament.
• Purdue’s junior class averaged 50.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 12.0 assists in two NCAA Tournament games. The group shot 41-of-73 (.561) from the field. The class scored 100 of Purdue’s 160 points (62.5 percent) in the first two games.
• Purdue’s 27 wins are tied for the fifth most in school history. Purdue has now won at least 26 games in back-to-back seasons for the third time in school history (2008-09 and 2009-10; 2009-10 and 2010-11; 2015-16 and 2016-17). All three of the occurrences have come under Matt Painter.
• Purdue improved to 20-1 this year in games decided by 10 or more points. Twenty of Purdue’s 27 wins have come by double-digits.
• Purdue improved to 30-1 since the start of last year when outrebounding its opponent by 10 or more rebounds.
• Purdue won its league-best 23rd Big Ten Championship and its 12th outright title this year. Purdue won the league crown by two games.
• Purdue has now won two Big Ten regular-season titles in the last eight years. Only Ohio State (3; 2010, 2011, 2012) has more titles in that span.

PLAYER NOTES
Caleb Swanigan has broken the Big Ten’s all-time double-double record with 28, set against Vermont (Jerry Lucas - 3 times; Brad Sellers - 26)
• Caleb Swanigan’s 227 rebounds in Big Ten play were the most since Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich had 227 in 1970 ... 47 years ago!
Vincent Edwards became the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists (E’Twaun Moore).
Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17).
Matt Painter has won 65.3 percent of his games at Purdue. Legendary coach Gene Keady won 65.5 percent of his games at Purdue (1981-05).


 

 

@BoilerBall

  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago