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ESPN's Prediction For Tonight's Purdue-Tennessee Game

Purdue's mascot on the court.

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: Purdue Pete, the mscot for the Purdue Boilermakers, performs against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Two Power Five schools looking to make a deep run in the tournament are set to face off in the Sweet 16 in tonight's Purdue-Tennessee game.

The Boilermakers were co-Big Ten regular season champions after a 23-8 regular season record. Unfortunately, Purdue's regular season success did not translate to the Big Ten Tournament as they were upset in the Quarterfinals by Minnesota for the second time in three games. But Purdue had little trouble putting away their first two NCAA Tournament foes, beating Old Dominion and Villanova by double-digits.

The Vols have fallen victim to close games throughout the season, losing to Auburn in their regular season finale and in the SEC Tournament Championship game to lose out on both titles. After beating Colgate by seven in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, Tennessee gave up a massive lead against Iowa in the Second Round that required overtime before they could put the Hawkeyes away.

ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Purdue-Tennessee game.

ESPN’s computer model believes that Purdue has a slight edge in this game. The computer model gives the Boilermakers a 50.6-percent chance to win tonight's Sweet 16 game.

Tonight's winner will face the winner of No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 Oregon in the Elite Eight later this weekend.

The game will be played at 7:29 p.m. EST on TBS.