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Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife is staying with the Spartans and has withdrawn from the Duquesne search, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN. Fife is the second coach today to do so. Vermont's John Becker was the other.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Vermont coach John Becker told ESPN that he is staying with the Catamounts after looking at the vacant Duquesne job. Becker said he has four years remaining on his contract. He led the Catamounts to the NCAA tournament this season, losing to Purdue in the first round. Under Becker, Vermont has won the America East regular season twice, the conference tournament twice and been to the NCAA tournament twice since taking over in 2011.

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Vermont has it's 21-game winning streak snapped. It was the longest active winning streak in Division I entering the day.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

The nation's longest winning streak came to an end courtesy of Vincent Edwards. The Purdue junior scored 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting as the Boilermakers beat Vermont 80-70. Still, remember the name: Anthony Lamb. The 6-foot-6 freshman rung up 20 points and got nine boards against the (much) larger Boilers.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

For the first time in its last three tries, Purdue finally escapes with a first round NCAA tournament victory. No. 4 seed Purdue hangs on for an 80-70 victory against No. 13 seed Vermont after the Boilermakers led by just one point at halftime. Five different players scored in double figures for Purdue, and this win has to be huge for the team psyche. Last year, Purdue squandered a 13-point lead and lost to Little Rock in the first round. No such letdown this time around.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Vermont simply won't go away as this game ticks later into the second half. Every time Purdue scores a big basket, Vermont responds. The Boilermakers have done a better job of attacking the paint and scoring inside. Now, we'll see if they can finish off the Catamounts.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

An excellent first half came to a close with No. 4 seed Purdue leading No. 13 seed Vermont 37-36. Vermont's Anthony Lamb and Payton Henson have combined for 25 points to keep the Catamounts in contention. Purdue's Caleb Swanigan is playing up to his "Biggie" nickname. He has 11 points and nine rebounds. The Boilermakers will need even more from him to avoid a third straight first round NCAA tournament exit.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Another double-digit seed is taking it to a Big Ten team in Milwaukee. Vermont established an early lead against Purdue, forcing Boilermakers coach Matt Painter to call a timeout. Already today, Middle Tennessee has taken down Minnesota. Purdue must take advantage of its obvious size advantage with big men Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Vermont and Purdue are out on the floor early ahead of their game to begin the night session in Milwaukee. Purdue is trying to erase two straight opening round losses against a Vermont team that has won 21 consecutive games. We've got an intriguing matchup coming up.

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Thursday viewers' guide: Vermont-Purdue

No. 13 seed Vermont, winner of 21 straight, won't be intimidated against No. 4 Purdue. But knocking off Caleb Swanigan & Co. won't be easy.

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Although No. 13 seed Vermont enters the NCAA tournament riding a 21-game winning streak, ESPN's BPI says that run will more than likely come to an end against No. 4 Purdue in Thursday night's first-round matchup.

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According to ESPN's BPI, 13th-seeded Vermont is the most likely team seeded 13th or worse to advance to the Round of 32. The NC Central-UC Davis winner in Dayton has a 2 percent chance of becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history.

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Vermont comes into the NCAA tournament with the nation's longest active win streak, better than Princeton, SMU and Wichita State. Of the four longest streaks, only SMU earned better than a No. 10 seed.

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The last time Vermont entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 13 seed, the Catamounts upset No. 4 seed Syracuse in the 2005 Round of 64. They will try to do the same to Purdue on Thursday. (Photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY Sports)

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135dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

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136dPeter Keating and John Gasaway

Giant Killers: Could Vermont surprise Purdue?

It would be a big surprise, coming from the 13th-seeded Catamounts. But they do take a 21-game winning streak into Thursday's meeting with the Boilermakers.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.5172nd
Rebounds Per Game34.1267th
Assists Per Game13.6162nd
Points Allowed62.111th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record2-5
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances5