The Purdue Boilermakers (26-7) are the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 5 seed Iowa State Cyclones (24-10). The game will be played at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Preview: Purdue took care of business against Vermont in the first round despite a shaky start, dispatching the Catamounts 80-70. The Boilermakers are led by forward Caleb Swanigan, who averages 18.4 points per game.
Iowa State knocked off Nevada in the first round, 84-73, thanks to a near triple-double by Monte Morris who recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Cyclones are led by Morris, who averages 16.4 points and 6.1 assists per game.
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 9:40 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TBS
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli, and Lisa Byington
Opening Betting Line: Purdue -1, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, the Boilermakers and Cyclones have faced off four times, splitting the series with two wins a piece. Iowa State won the last match-up between the two programs on December 22, 2007 83-80.
Purdue has appeared in the tournament 28 times, and the Boilermakers have advanced to two Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 35-28, and have never won a national championship.
Iowa State has appeared in the tournament 18 times, and the Cyclones have advanced to one Final Four. They have a tournament record of 18-18, and have never won a national championship.
Prediction: Led by the superb play of Monte Morris, I think the Cyclones get the win and advance to the Round of 32. Caleb Swanigan will get his double-double and disrupt Iowa State's offense—especially at the rim, but the versatile play of Morris will be too much for the Boilermakers in the end. Iowa State wins by five.