Purdue Surges into Sweet 16 for Third Straight Year
- Purdue improved to 25-9 overall with an 87-61 win over defending national champion Villanova in the round of 32 … the Boilermakers have won 19 of their last 23 games.
- Purdue improved to 13-16 all-time against defending National Champions … however, the win was Purdue’s first against a defending National Champion since beating Michigan twice during the 1989-90 season (Michigan was the champ in 1989).
- Purdue has reached its third straight Sweet 16, the second time in school history with three straight Sweet 16 berths (1998-2000) … the Boilermakers are one of four teams to make three straight Sweet 16s (Purdue, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Michigan).
- Purdue is 6-2 in its last eight NCAA Tournament games.
- The win was Purdue’s first in four tries all-time against Villanova.
- Purdue won for the first time in NCAA Tournament play against the No. 6 seed, losing its previous four games (now 1-4).
- Purdue’s 87 points were the most in an NCAA Tournament since scoring 90 against Baylor in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
- Purdue’s 26-point win is the second-largest margin of victory over a defending national champion in NCAA Tournament history (1990; Loyola Marymount 149, Michigan 115).
- Purdue’s 26-point victory is its largest in the NCAA Tournament outside the first round … the 26-point win is the fifth-largest margin in the NCAA Tournament in school history … it’s also the second-largest margin of victory over a nationally-ranked opponent (Villanova was 23rd).
- Purdue became the seventh active team to win at least 25 games in four straight seasons (Purdue, Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Duke).
- Purdue’s senior class of Ryan Cline and Grady Eifert have now won a school-record 108 career games, owning a 108-33 record.
- Purdue’s 16 3-pointers were the most in school history during an NCAA Tournament game and the third most by any team in the NCAA Tournament since the 2010-11 season … coincidentally, Villanova has the two highest 3-point totals since 2010-11, both coming last year.
- Carsen Edwards scored a career-high 42 points while adding six rebounds and an assist … Edwards’ 43 points are the most in an NCAA Tournament since Syracuse’s Gerry McNamara scored 43 vs. BYU in the 2004 NCAA Tournament … his 42 points are the second most by a Big Ten player in NCAA Tournament history (44 by Purdue’s Glenn Robinson vs. Kansas; 1994) … Edwards’ 42 points are the most in NCAA Tournament history against a defending National Champion … Edwards’ eight career 30-point games are the sixth most in school history and his three 40-point games are the fifth most in school history … Edwards surpassed 800 points this season and is now ranks third on the school’s single-season points list (803; Glenn Robinson – 1,030 in 1994; Rick Mount – 932 in 1969) … Edwards becomes the first Big Ten player since 1992-93 with 800 points and 100 assists in a season).
- Edwards made a school-record nine 3-pointers … his nine 3-pointers tied the most for a player in the NCAA Tournament since 2010-11 (Baylor’s Brady Heslip vs. Colorado in 2012; UCLA’s Bryce Alford vs. SMU in 2015) … his nine 3-pointers are tied for the third most in the NCAA Tournament’s first, second or third rounds in NCAA history (11 by Jeff Fryer, Loyola Marymount vs. Michigan in 1990; 10 by Robert Sallie, Memphis vs. Cal State Northridge in 2009) … Edwards’ nine 3-pointers are the fourth most in any NCAA Tournament game in NCAA history … his nine 3-pointers set a new XL Center record, held previously by UConn’s Ray Allen … Edwards has tied the Big Ten record for most 3-pointers in a season with 120 (Penn State’s Shep Garner – 2018).
- Ryan Cline made four 3-pointers and now has 102 this season, becoming the third player in school history with 100 triples in a season (Carsen Edwards – 120 in 2019; Troy Lewis – 100 in 1988).
HARTFORD, Conn. – The sweetness continues.
For the third straight year, Purdue men’s basketball has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. The third-seeded Boilermakers steamrolled defending national champion and sixth-seeded Villanova 87-61 in the second round Saturday at the XL Center.
The Boilermakers (25-9) will face either No. 2 seed Tennessee or No. 10 seed Iowa on Thursday, March 28, in an NCAA South Regional semifinal game in Louisville, Kentucky. The Volunteers and Hawkeyes play their second-round game Sunday at 12:10 p.m. ET.
Carsen Edwards poured in a career-high 42 points – the second-most by a Purdue and Big Ten Conference player in NCAA Tournament history. He made 12 of 21 field goals, including 9 of 16 from 3-point range, and all nine free throw attempts in 39 minutes. Glenn Robinson holds the record with 44 points against Kansas in the 1994 southeast regional semifinal.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t say I knew I had a career night until the game was over,” Edwards said. “I was just so focused on trying to get the win. I was out there fighting with my brothers and was able to get the win, and I was able to have some shots fall for me.”
Purdue’s 26-point margin of victory is its largest in a second-round game, topping a 100-79 win over Memphis in the 1988 tournament.
“I thought we played our best game of the year, and you want to be playing your best basketball at this time,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “We got into such a good rhythm offensively, but we also got good balance, rhythm threes and getting the ball to the rim on some slips and getting layups.”
The Boilermakers unleashed a first-half barrage of 3-point field goals to seize control against Villanova (26-10). Trailing 5-4, they scored 21 points on seven treys in a six-minute span to build a 25-12 lead at the midway point. Edwards splashed four of them.
Ryan Cline’s bomb with 4:50 left in the first half was his 100th of the season and put Purdue ahead 35-22.
When the Boilermakers were not hitting from beyond the arc, Matt Haarms was dunking on the Wildcats, four times in the first half en route to a 43-24 advantage at intermission.
The blitzkrieg continued in the second half as Purdue scored the first 16 points – including four more 3-pointers – to go up 59-24 with 14:19 remaining.
With 25 points, Edwards had outscored the Wildcats at that point.
After twice leading by 35 points, Purdue saw Villanova cut the deficit to 22 at 64-42 with 9:40 to go thanks to a 10-0 run as part of an 18-5 spurt.
Edwards scored the Boilermakers’ final seven points, including his ninth 3-pointer to set the school record for an NCAA Tournament game, before leaving the floor for the first time in the last two contests with 57 seconds left.
The Boilermakers shot a snappy 53.7 percent from the field (29 of 54), including 53.3 percent from 3-point range (16 of 30). They were 9 of 18 from long range in the first half and 7 of 12 in the second to set the school record for most treys in an NCAA Tournament game. Purdue dominated the glass, outrebounding Villanova 42-24, and limited the Wildcats to 34.5 percent field-goal accuracy (20 of 58), including 28.9 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 38).
Haarms scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Cline had 12 points and four assists. Grady Eifert contributed five points, seven rebounds and five assists with no turnovers.
“I thought our guys were really good on both ends of the court and excited about being able to move on,” Painter said. “We beat obviously a very good team, Big East champs, the defending national champs. I am proud of our guys for battling tonight and being hooked up and being ready to play.”