Purdue Basketball: Sweet 16 Game Preview vs Kansas Jayhawks

Purdue basketball player Spike Albrecht is 10-2 in NCAA Tournament play (5-1 at Michigan in 2012-13; 3-1 at Michigan in 2013-14; 2-0 at Purdue in 2016-17). Yes, the graduate student guard is a bit down on the depth chart.

He’s not a major minutes guy by any means. So why lead with Albrecht?

Well, he’s known for unexpectedly turning in a stellar performance, on a huge stage. He’s a guy who got it done when nobody saw it coming, and tomorrow night it’s that kind of situation for the Purdue Boilermakers.

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Spike Albrecht: Purdue Boilermakers Veteran Leader and Top Soundbite

Purdue Boilermakers reserve guard Spike Albrecht may be playing his final collegiate basketball game tonight. Or his story could continue to the sweet sixteen and beyond; quite possibly to Phoenix for the Final Four and beyond. No matter where and when it finishes, it’s been a joy to watch Albecht and he’s been a part of what makes B1G hoops great.

He’s a great soundbite and a very personable sort.

Spike Albrecht first burst on to the national scene when he was with the Michigan Wolverines in 2013.

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Caleb Swanigan One of the Most Taciturn National Players of the Year Ever

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He may have the same nickname as Biggie Smalls, but Caleb Swanigan certainly does not have the ostentation of the late great hip-hip artist. Notorious B.I.G. “went from from ashy to flashy” as he liked to say. Biggie Swanigan puts the reserve in reserved.

During the Purdue Boilermakers media availability on the day in between the first and second round games, Caleb Swanigan spent the entire open locker room session on a stationary bike with his hooded sweatshirt worn tight.

How tight? He pulled the draw strings of the hood in as tightly as possible, like Kenny on “South Park.”

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Purdue Basketball Wins Nail-Biter, Edge of your Seat Thriller, a Nerve-Wracking Affair

“Unbelievable game,” said Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter as he opened his postgame press conference.

What an understatement, for an instant classic such as this.

It’s called “March Madness,” for a reason. It’s not “March meditation,” or “March chillaxing,” and Purdue’s 80-76 come from-behind NCAA Tournament round of 32 victory over Iowa State was anything but relaxing.

The Boilermakers’ held a substantial 44-31 halftime lead, and a massive 58-39 lead in the midst of the second half.  Yet down the stretch, the Boilers found themselves trailing the Cyclones 73-71. With this team, in recent years, no lead is ever truly safe until the clock says 00:00.

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Matt Painter Says Cuonzo Martin Needs Time, his Own Roster to Succeed at Mizzou

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Purdue basketball Coach Matt Painter and newly minted Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin go way back. They played in west Lafayette together from 1991-1993. Later on, they were both back at Purdue, assistants under Gene Keady.

On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that Cuonzo Martin was resigning his position as Head Coach at California. Then we learned that Martin was off to coach Missouri, signing a deal reportedly worth $21 million over three years, and not Illinois, a school with which he had frequently been linked.

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Purdue Basketball: 80-70 Victory over Vermont Not Really as Decisive as it Appears

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before- Purdue basketball had a tremendous chance to put a huge game away, and didn’t. The #4 seeded Boilermakers had their foot squarely hovering above an opponent’s throat, but failed to apply the pressure. Their 80-70 win over the #13 seed Vermont Catamounts in the first round of the NCAA Tournament looks rather decisive at first glance, as it covered the spread (which was 8.5), but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

It was still just a two possession game with 3:26 left to play, and a seven point game with just over a minute to go.

The margin was steadily between four and seven points for nearly all of the second half as the Catamounts just wouldn’t go away. They were only down one at the 12:24 mark, and after leading for an overwhelming majority of the first half.

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#4 Purdue Basketball NCAA Tournament Game Preview vs #13 Vermont Catamounts

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Purdue basketball traveled up to Milwaukee, which is Algonquin for “the only B1G team to earn a top four pod seed this season.”

They’re facing a plucky underdog Vermont team that comes into this one riding the nation’s longest current winning streak. The Catamounts are in Milwaukee believing: We’re gonna make our dreams come true...Doin’ it our way…Nothin’s gonna turn us back now Straight ahead and on the track now We’re gonna make our dreams come true..

So go ahead and pour yourself a brew (there it is! the Milwaukee CLICHE trifecta all within the first 75 words) and enjoy our Purdue basketball NCAA Tournament game preview.

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Cuonzo Martin Goes to Mizzou, Not Illinois: Purdue Boilermakers Fan Reaction

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On Wednesday afternoon the news broke that Cuonzo Martin was resigning his position as Head Coach at California. At the same, we learned that Martin was off to coach Missouri, signing a deal reportedly worth $21 million over three years, and not Illinois. It’s the second time that Cuonzo Martin was potentially going to be an Illini, only to go elsewhere.

As a player, he was reportedly set to join Lou Henson’s program, but changed his mind after Bruce Pearl broke the coaching fraternity code, secretly taped Deon Thomas, ratted him out and landed the Illinois program on probation. Martin opted for Purdue instead, where he went on to have a very distinguished career.

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Eight ANNOYING People Who Reside In EVERY Single Bracket Pool

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Dear reader, we’ve scouted your bracket pool. We know everybody who’s in it. Because there’s at least one of these stereotypes in EVERY single bracket pool imaginable.

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FULL LIST: NCAA Tournament First Round Tip Times, Announcers, Channel Assignments

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Full listing of channel assignments, tip off times and announcer pairings for the entire first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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Biggie Swanigan Should Come Up Huge in NCAA Tournament

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This past Thursday, March 9th, was the 20th anniversary of the death of hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. or “Biggie Smalls.” His murder remains unsolved to this day, adding to the aura that surrounds the man who recorded the 1994 hit “Big Poppa.”

On that day, the top Twitter trending terms were dominated by phrases related to Biggie like #RIPBIG #BiggieSmallz #RIPNotorious and more. It was blast from the past that reminded us how hot ’90s nostalgia really is these days. The next morning, Biggie Swanigan and the top seeded Purdue Boilermakers opened their B1G Tournament, having earned a double bye.

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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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