The winner of 1-seed Kansas and 4-seed Purdue will go on to play the Oregon Ducks out of the Pac-12.
After a back and forth game, Michigan surrendered a late lead and the dream match-up of two Big Ten teams meeting in the Elite 8 will not happen. Instead, Walton’s last second three attempt clanked off the front iron and Oregon was able to hold on to a 69-68 victory.
The Boilermakers were hoping to find redemption in a third match against the Wolverines who beat them at Ann Arbor in their only regular season match and then in overtime during the Big Ten Tournament.
Instead, if they are able to get past the Jayhawks they will get the 3-seed Oregon Ducks and one of the best players in the nation Dillon Brooks and a balanced scoring attack. The Ducks have five players averaging double-digits in points and their athleticism poises some problems for a Purdue team anchored on size and shooting.
The Oregon Ducks move to 32-5 on the year and await the winner of Kansas and Purdue who are prepared to tip-off around 9:32 pm.