Purdue's Caleb Swanigan Weighed 360 lbs. In 8th Grade

"When you've got athletes out in transition like that, hanging on the rims, you're not going to beat them", Purdue junior guard Dakota Mathias said. "I think the guys who were involved in the game past year have been thinking a lot about different things they could have done maybe any prepared for it".

"The last time KU and Purdue played, I was in second grade, I was seven and my sister was six, and they were both watching in the living room and they both said 'mommy and daddy both don't want you to see us so you guys can go up to bed now, '" Maddie said. While nothing's guaranteed during March Madness, the Jayhawks are certainly playing like a team that belongs in the Final Four.

Jayhawks fans filled Sprint Center, giving their home team a loud ovation when they came out for warm-ups and booing when Purdue came out for its pregame.

The Boilermakers showed a hot shooting hand early in the game, beginning the first half by making six of its first eight shots, including four 3-pointers, to break out to an eight-point 33-25 lead at the 6:46 mark. After attempting just 2.4 three point shots per game throughout the season, Swanigan went 7-13 in the big dance. And boy did Kansas give them plenty to cheer for. That stellar performance followed a 17-point effort in the first-round win.

Mason is averaging 20.8 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, and was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. "I had a good look at the basket, and it just didn't drop for me".

They might as well have called the rest of the game off by the time Vick landed. The first is that Painter is bad and deserves to be dragged into the street, tarred and feathered, and then hanged for his sins against Purdue basketball.

Some good news: While each of Oregon's five losses this season came away from Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks have actually thrived in some of the Pac-12's loudest venues over the past two seasons. And there was next to nothing the Boilers could do about it. Altman said he typically acts as the point guard during the walk-throughs. At the time, Kansas led by just five.

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However, the Bulldogs (35-1) smothered him and the junior was unable to get a final shot off. "We're all tough guys", Macura said. At times the Zags looked lost against a suffocating Mountaineers squad that thwarted any and all Bulldog fast break attempts.

"When you don't care of the ball, you get turnovers and they make you pay", forward Vince Edwards said.

Besides, 6-foot-8 freshman guard Josh Jackson is athletic enough to match up with anyone, as evidenced by the defensive job he did on Purdue center Caleb Swanigan.

"I can't think about but it comes to you: I might never go to the Final Four but I'll never play in March Madness again", said Boucher, a senior who has been doomed to cheerleader duty on the bench. Just not on this night.

"It's going to be a fun atmosphere", OR freshman guard Payton Pritchard said. "I think there's another step we can take". Prior to these two March games, the Gators beat both Arkansas and SC, two teams who have had good showings in the Big Dance. Hats off to them. That benefited the Boilermakers as they built an 18-11 advantage with 13:58 to play in the half. "He's always been at great programs and made them better". After the game, Swanigan was asked about his future plans to turn pro but said he has not yet thought about it.

While Lucas said he wasn't sure the pressure of the Elite Eight is the reason the Jayhawks lost past year, he did acknowledge it can be a lot to manage. That much we can all admit. They out rebounded the Boilermakers despite a distinct size disadvantage.

After a few unsuccessful trips and a lot of touches by Swanigan, Lucas was whistled for No. 3 when he was ruled to have thrown Swanigan down on a missed shot by Purdue with 15:28 to play in the game. But there was no mistaking who got the better of the night in every sense. The No. 7-seed Wolverines finished only fifth in the Big Ten, but were riding high after knocking off a national title contender in Louisville.