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2017 NCAA Tournament: Midwest Regional Primer

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Purdue is halfway to Phoenix, but the second half is much harder

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Purdue vs Iowa State James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday Purdue continues its quest for its first Final Four since 1980. The journey does not get any easier. Purdue will have to beat one of the best teams in America in Kansas, then possibly beat a team that has already beat us twice. Here is your primer for what is hopefully a huge weekend in Kansas City, starting with your TV schedule:

2017 NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 TV Schedule

Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
Game Date Tip Time (ET) Network Site Commentators
(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (7) Michigan Wolverines March 23 7:09 p.m. CBS Kansas City Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(1) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. (4) West Virginia Mountaineers March 23 7:39 p.m. TBS San Jose Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (4) Purdue Boilermakers March 23 Approx. 9:29 p.m. CBS Kansas City Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner / Dana Jacobson
(11) Xavier Musketeers vs. (2) Arizona Wildcats March 23 Approx. 10:09 p.m. TBS San Jose Brian Anderson / Chris Webber / Lewis Johnson
(1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (4) Butler Bulldogs March 24 7:09 p.m. CBS Memphis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(8) Wisconsin Badgers vs. (4) Florida Gators March 24 7:29 p.m. TBS New York City Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce
(3) UCLA Bruins vs. (2) Kentucky Wildcats March 24 Approx. 9:39 p.m. CBS Memphis Jim Nantz / Grant Hill / Bill Raftery / Tracy Wolfson
(3) Baylor Bears vs. (7) South Carolina Gamecocks March 24 Approx. 9:59 p.m. TBS New York City Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel / Allie LaForce

Kansas Jayhawks

Seed: 1

2016-17 Record: 30-4, 16-2 Big 12 (Regular season champion for the 13th straight year)

All-time vs. Purdue: 3-2 (2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament)

Last win vs. Purdue: 63-60 in 2012 NCAA Tournament

Last loss vs. Purdue: 83-78 in 1994 NCAA Tournament

Kansas is Kansas. they have three national championships, 14 Final Four appearances, and this is their stage. They seem to be here every year. It is their 30th Sweet 16 appearance all-time and they are not going to shrink from the moment. The one small advantage for Purdue? They beat two of the four teams that Kansas lost to. Iowa State ended their 51-game home winning streak and that happens to be the team Purdue just beat to get here. Purdue also beat Indiana. Twice.

Purdue Boilermakers

Seed: 4

2016-17: 27-7, 14-4 Big Ten (Regular season champion)

All-time vs. Purdue: Dear God, do we need to get into this?

Last win vs. Purdue: I would say we beat ourselves at Nebraska

Last loss vs. Purdue: Purdue definitely avoided Purdueing against Iowa State.

It is Purdue’s first Sweet 16 since 2010 and 10th all-time. We’re 4-5 all-time in such games, but to my knowledge we have never beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In 1988 and 1994 we were the No. 1 seed that advanced to the Sweet 16. In 1998 through 2000 Purdue went to three Sweet 16s, but lost to Stanford and Temple before beating Gonzaga. In 2009 and 2010 Purdue lost to a No. 1 seed in the Sweet 16.

Oregon Ducks

Seed: 3

2016-17: 30-5, 16-2 Pac-12 (Regular season champion with Arizona)

All-time vs. Purdue: 2-2

Last win vs. Purdue: 62-59 at Oregon in December 1988

Last loss vs. Purdue: 88-62 at Purdue in December 1987

Oregon has had a great season and has so far done well without Chris Boucher. Dillon Brooks is a National Player of the Year candidate in his own right and this is a team that has really come on of late. They have only been to the tournament 15 times, but they were the first ever NCAA champion and this is their fifth straight NCAA appearance. they have been to six Sweet 16s, with three of them coming in the last five years. They were also an Elite 8 team last year before losing to Oklahoma.

Michigan Wolverines

Seed: 7

2016-17: 26-11, 10-8 Big Ten (Big Ten Tournament Champion)

All-time vs. Purdue: 69-86

Last win vs. Purdue: 74-70 (OT) in 2017 Big Ten Tournament

Last loss vs. Purdue: 76-59 in 2016 Big Ten Tournament

The Wolverines have won three of their last four against Purdue, and that includes both meetings this season. This is their 15th Sweet 16 appearance and third since 2013. Just four years ago they were playing for a national title, and that was with one of our own current players (Spike Albrecht). This year they are a Purdue nemesis, as they are the only team to beat Purdue twice. they have never players Purdue three times in one season.