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No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Texas Tech Preview: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

A closeup of Purdue basketball player Isaac Haas

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 10: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers walks off the court after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on February 10, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The No. 2 seed Purdue Boilermakers (30-7) take on the No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders (26-9) in the East Region Sweet 16. The game will be played at TD Garden in Boston on Friday, March 23. Tip-off time is expected to be 7:09 p.m. ET.

Preview: It hasn't been an easy run, but Purdue has managed to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers pulled it off without one of their best players, center Isaac Haas, against Butler.

Haas went for nine points and 10 rebounds in the first round 74-48 win over Cal State Fullerton. After the game, it was revealed that he fractured his elbow on a fall after battling for a rebound.

Haas wants to play through the injury. However, the NCAA ruled that his massive elbow brace was not complaint.

Without Haas, 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms takes over as starting center. In today's 76-73 win over Butler, he went for seven points and six rebounds, and blocked two shots.

Vincent Edwards dealt with early foul trouble, and finished with a team-high 20 points. P.J. Thompson, Carsen Edwards, and Dakota Mathias all scored in double-digits as well.

Texas Tech keeps grinding out wins. The Red Raiders got a run from Stephen F. Austin in round one, but came out on top 70-60.

On Saturday, it edged out No. 6 Florida 69-66. Star guard Keenan Evans went for 22 points, while Zhaire Smith dropped 18.

Date: March 23

Time: 9:57 PM ET

TV Channel: TBS

Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce

Opening Betting Line: Even, via Wynn

Prediction: This should be a pretty fun clash of styles in Boston. With the two and three-seeds meeting up, it should also be a very close one.

Purdue has used its superior size to dominate teams inside this season. With Haas out, Haarms's role continues to expand. The two seven-footers essentially split the 40 minutes. Now, Purdue might be forced to go small for patches, since Haarms doesn't have a ton of experience playing huge minutes.

That is Texas Tech's comfort zone. The Red Raiders start four guards, all between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6. Only Zach Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward off the bench, was taller than that and played more than 20 minutes.

Even without Haas, Purdue feels like it could exploit those size match-ups, and have the strong guard play to deal with Tech's small lineups. Purdue wins and advances to face the winner of Villanova and the West Virginia/Marshall game.