No. 1 Seed Kansas Routs Purdue 98-66 To Reach Elite Eight

Butler and Purdue Headed to Sweet 16

He pounded it into the floor in frustration, and then delivered a crisp bounce pass to the referee.

Swanigan assisted on numerous high-low buckets that got Isaac Haas his 11 points and got Purdue off on solid footing in the first half.

As the dust cleared, the Purdue Boilermakers found themselves on the losing end of a 98-66 beat down.

Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the second half as Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. It became the most lopsided defeat since a 97-60 loss to IU in January of 2013.

"It's awesome that they'll get to compete for it", Purdue Junior guard P.J. Thompson said. Frank Mason III has 15 points and Devonte Graham 10 as the Jayhawks' starting guards have made the biggest impact. The make helped send Kansas onto the Elite Eight against Oregon.

Meanwhile for Purdue, it was a bittersweet ending at the Sweet 16.

Playing limited minutes this season due to recovery from a torn ACL, Bahamian collegiate basketball player Dwight Coleby has logged valuable minutes thus far in the NCAA Tournament and his teammates, along with the global media, have taken notice.

They got the first-round monkey off their backs.

Miller also took a moment to talk with Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan. But, this was a fun and successful season in West Lafayette for a program that won the Big Ten regular season championship. That win over Virginia was a bludgeoning of a good team, though the Cavaliers didn't come anywhere close to ready to play in that one, not even mustering 40 points, a real weak showing from a No. 5 seed. "And both teams are going to try to prevent that". "He's a big reason why I'm No. 31". "It's probably one of the best games I've seen him play". It's a grind. It's tough.

In adjusted offensive efficiency, a stat developed by Ken Pomeroy to account for the fact that teams play at different tempos, the Jayhawks are even better. The Jayhawks were too quick, too athletic and just plain too good for Purdue.

The Boilermakers tried everything they could to keep up with Kansas, but they didn't have the ammunition. Mason and the Kansas Jayhawks take on Purdue Thursday night in the Sweet 16.

"The way we lost, it happens in basketball sometimes", he said. He hit 7 of 9 free throws. Momentum is certainly on the Badgers' side, with five wins in six games after that nasty late-season slide.

After all, while Thursday game turned into a bit of a track meet in favor of the Jayhawks, it was Graham's typical skip down the floor after a made shot was more indicative of the outcome. Purdue's guards were no match for Kansas' backcourt.

But a pair of live-ball turnovers contributed to an 8-0 Kansas run. They led 8-2 out of the gate and, 18-11 at 13:59 left in the first half after hitting 6 of 9 shots.

Kansas' average margin of victory against the Spartans and Boilers was 26 points. But again, he's a freshman, and before he's done at Purdue, he's going to do some very memorable things.

The Boilermakers climbed back within four points with 14:43 remaining in the second half after a 3-pointer from Ryan Cline.

Instead of playing it safe and building on his team's single-digit lead, Vick went all Vince Carter circa 2000 and pulled off a 360 dunk, sending the crowd and his teammates into an absolute frenzy.

"He is never going to talk about himself, but he played a great game, too", Graham said.