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27-8, 1st in Big Ten

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

If Kansas isn't playing the best basketball out of the teams remaining, I don't know who is. The Jayhawks dispatched Purdue 98-66 to set up an Elite Eight showdown with Oregon on Saturday.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue had a total of 20 turnovers in its first two NCAA games. The Boilermakers need just five more this game to finish with as many. They had six turnovers over the six minutes of Kansas' run that may have broken it open for good.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Feels like every shot Purdue's Caleb Swanigan attempts has been an ordeal. Kansas' Landon Lucas not allowing him to get anything easy. Aside from when he steps outside for a 3-point attempt, Swanigan has had to fight for every inch.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

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2dC.L. Brown

Swanigan can make case for Wooden Award

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, No. 2 among our Wooden Award contenders, meets Kansas' Frank Mason III in a Sweet 16 showdown on Thursday night.

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2dJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Vince Edwards

Matt Painter knows what he's getting from Caleb Swanigan, it's what he gets from Edwards that will make the difference.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI gives a slight edge to Kansas in its Sweet 16 battle with Purdue Thursday night (9:39 p.m. ET). The Jayhawks haven't beaten a top-four seed since 2012, but Purdue is 0-5 all-time against No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

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3dDave Tuley and Andrew Lange

Boilermakers are great value pick

Don't count out No. 4 seed Purdue (-5) against top-seeded Kansas on Thursday night. The Boilermakers and Jayhawks' outcomes against common opponents suggest a close game.

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FiveThirtyEight: How far can Purdue go?

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Purdue has a puncher's chance to knock off Kansas on Thursday night. Each round after that, however, will provide a significant challenge.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.

What to watch for in Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups (1:35)

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan said the perception of the Big Ten being down as a conference was due to "the big names like Indiana, Michigan State weren't prolific powerhouses as they usually are... if Duke or North Carolina and an off year. People would say the ACC is off, and I think thats more where it came from."

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas guard Frank Mason said Purdue's size was comparable to Baylor. The Jayhawks are betting on their quickness to win out: "Coach tells us all the time, speed beats size the majority of time. We just want try to take advantage of their size, really get out and run it, and put pressure on their defense."

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas coach Bill Self played coy when asked if he would send double teams at Caleb Swanigan. His only reply was that Frank Mason would not be guarding Isaac Haas. "A lot of times when you play two bigs, it's easier to double... so without giving away anything a lot of how we guard will depend on who is in the game."


C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

If open practice for Kansas is any indication, the Jayhawks will enjoy a tangible home court advantage when they take ok Purdue in the Midwest Regional.

Brian Wardle @BUBrianWardle

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, when asked the cliche "Is this fun?" question: "I came here to win. I didn't come here for the fun part of it."

Team Stats

Points Per Game79.739th
Rebounds Per Game37.7Tied-75th
Assists Per Game18.32nd
Points Allowed68.479th

Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record35-28
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances28