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2018 NCAA Tournament: Purdue vs. Texas Tech How to Watch & GameThread

Finally, we’re here.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional Practice Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

It has all come to this.

Even without Isaac Haas, the minimum expectation has been to make it this far. If Purdue loses this game, the “Painter can’t make it past the Sweet 16” will still exist.

If Purdue wins, but loses to Villanova or West Virginia, the “What if” regarding the Haas injury will persist.

If Purdue wins the regional, but loses in the national semifinals to Duke or Kansas the “Purdue can’t beat Elite athletes” will exist.

If Purdue makes the title game it will play Michigan (a team it has beaten twice), Kansas State (with a former assistant as head coach), Florida State (and C.J. Walker, who spurned us) or Loyola (a MVC team with a nun who made a deal with god Himself).

It gets real with this game right here. Everything this season has led to tonight and another chance to move past our 18 year roadblock at this level.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

From: Lubbock, Texas

Date : Friday, march 23, 2018

Tip Time: 9:57pm

Location: Boston, MA

Arena: TD Garden (19,580)

Television: TBS

Online: March Madness On Demand

Hulu All Access

(subject to regional availability)


Radio: Purdue Radio Network

SiriusXM Satellite: XM (Ch. 381); Internet (Ch. 968)

Live Stats:

Odds: Purdue by 1.5

KenPom: 13

RPI: 21

2016-17 Record: 18-14, 6-12 Big 12

2017-18 Record: 26-9, 11-7 Big 12

Opponent Blog: Viva the Matadors

Series with Purdue: Purdue leads 2-0

Last Texas Tech Win: None

Last Purdue Win: 63-54 at Texas Tech on 12/1/1988

NCAA History: 16 Appearances, Sweet 16 in 6 times

Coach: Chris Beard (44-23 in second season at Texas Tech, 74-28 in 3rd Division I season)