KANSAS CITY, KS – Hey BoilerNation, guess what? It’s game day.
No. 4-seeded Purdue looks for its first Elite Eight appearance in 17 years when it battles top-seeded Kansas in its own backyard tonight 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.
Purdue is making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2010 and its third trip to the Regional Semifinal under Matt Painter (2009, 2010). The Boilermakers have 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 has 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.
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). Swanigan has 227 rebounds in Big Ten play were the most since Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich had 227 in 1970.
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).