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Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 7:27 pm ET | KFC Yum! Center (Louisville) | TV: TBS | Radio: Purdue Radio Network
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ABOUT THIS GAME
• South Region # 3 Seeds, Purdue seems to reach Elite Eight for the first time since 2000, after beating Old Dominion 61
• South 2 seed, Tennessee has been one of college's best teams all season, completed sixth in final AP poll and carried 31 victories in Louisville.
This voluntary team is almost identical to the one who beat Purdue 78-75 in overtime last November, Battle 4 Atlantis, almost two full seasons since now. ( box score ) (Purdue is, however, almost completely different.)
• This is a matchup of two of the most effective offenses in college basketball, by KenPom's offensive assessment. Tennessee ranks third national and Purdue fifth. Purdue's defense is 27th and Tennessee's 33rd, which makes equally matched a game on paper as it can be.
Wednesday cover from Louisville: Tennessee presents matchup challenges | Scouting Reports | Notebook | Brandon Brantley feature | Press conference transcript
# 3-SEED PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (25-9, 16-5 B1G – co-workers)
Roster | Scheme |
32 C – Matt Haarms (7-3, 250, So.)
Apparently, on the verge of establishing itself as Purdue's next excellent center, Haarms has not been no small part of Boilermaker's success this season, and this after-season especially. He plays at a very high level defensively and especially on the glass.
24 F Grady Eifert (6-6, 220, Sr.)
Eifert draws two-time SEC Player-of-the-Jr. Grant Williams on defense, but the Boilermaker senior's track record for scout report processing, performing tasks and flourishing defensively with shades is very good. Here Eifert guesses will at least make things uncomfortable for Williams. And he gets help.
14 C / C Ryan Cline (6-6, 195, Sr.)
Cline has been one of the best shooters in college basketball this season, an excellent offensive player in general – in three season games He is on average better than five assists, with only two turnovers of 100 minutes – and the silent confidence he has brought to this Purdue team has been part of his collective persona.
20 G Nojel Eastern (6-6, 220, So.)
Purdues defensive aces draw a large, large wing in this one, as it is likely that Eastern will defend 240-a-pound Admiral Schofield who used to be a power forward, but is now a 40-plus-percent three-point shooter in the backcourt.
3G Carsen Edwards (6-1, 200, Jr.)
Coming out of his stuff-of-legend game against Villanova in the round of 32, Edwards has spoken this week to be "patiently aggressive" and emphasize decision making. It has always been the most important part of the Edwards puzzle because decision making and shooting choices are not different. He has played an excellent NCAA tournament at this point, but says he has done nothing different than when he fought to make shots during the regular season.
50 C Trevion Williams (6-9, 280, Fr.)
Had Williams been able to finish a few times around the basket or make a free throw , we would talk about him as a significant impact on Villanova. He did some positive things but couldn't finish. Rebounding will be important to Purdue against Tennessee as it is in every game for Purdue, and this is where William's influence is likely to be felt.
1 F Aaron Wheeler (6-9, 200, R-Fr.)
Although the Villanova game was a bit of a mixed bag due to sales and errors, Wheeler has had an influence for Purdue lately . three and playing in both the open court. In the late season, he averages six points in less than 10 minutes per day. Games, but he is also marked with 12 errors in just 29 minutes. Thing vs Tennessee can be the defensive matchup as Williams can be a real handful for him.
2G Eric Hunter (6-3, 170, Fr.)
Coming from a trip to Hartford, who might be wondering about his self-confidence because of his last effort role vs. Old Dominion after Eastern was injured, the Hunter trend is up as his freshman season is down.
55 G Sasha Stefanovic (6-4, 195, R-Fr.)
Stefanovic has now made 41 percent of his three years to the season, but has fought for the terrible line the last couple of weeks.
12 F / C Evan Boudreaux (6-8, 220, Jr.)
Some luxury is that Purdue basically has such a recognized player as his No. 3 center.
# 2-SEED TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (31-5, 15- 3 SEC)
Roster | Scheme |
G – 1 Lamonte Turner (6-2, 195, Jr.)
Turner is the lowest percentage of three point shooter among Tennessee starters, but throw past matches the last time these two teams met to Make the biggest shot of the game, the three that forced overtime. Turner average close to 11 points per. Game.
G – 5 Admiral Schofield (6-6, 241, Sr.)
Formerly a subordinate 4 type, Schofield has evolved into a legitimate wing with a forward body and guard's abilities . He is almost a three-point shooter of 42 percent and on average nearly 16 and a half points for the season, with the kind of frame that can allow him to bar over or through smaller defenders. Nojel Eastern does not seem to qualify.
F – 2 Grant Williams (6-7, 236, Jr.)
SEC Player's last year two seasons, Williams averaged 18.8 points at 57- percent shoot and seven and a half rebounds per game. He is not the greatest force forward in college basketball but he is very strong and can score either up to the curve or reverse it with a range that extends beyond the three-point line. He will also move into the 5 times.
G – 0 Jordan Bone (6-3, 180, Jr.)
Bone may not receive recognition from Williams or even Schofield, but there are those who think he might be as important as anyone. He is extremely fast and the catalyst for a Tennessee offense that is Michigan State-like in his desire to run. The point protection is an average of 13.6 points, with a 3-to-1 assisted-to-revenue percentage. He is a 35 percent three-point shooter of high volume and makes his free throws at high speed.
C – 11 Kyle Alexander (6-11, 222, Sr.)
Tennessee's center length stands out. He is not an important scorer, but effective on his touches, shooting 62 percent off the floor and a threat on the offensive, averaging two and a half offensive rebounds per game. And as Purdue knows well, he can make it occasionally three. He did a great job in overtime against Boilermaker's last season, the "breaker" as Matt Painter called it afterwards.
G – 21 Jordan Bowden (6-5, 193, Jr.)
Bowden will play start-type minutes out of the bench – he played just 35 in overtime wins against Iowa – and shoot many three, of which he makes 36 and a half percent.
F – 10 John Fulkerson (6-9, 197, So.)
Fulkerson is Tennessee's backup store, a high and wiry center.
PREDICTION: PURDUE 75, TENNESSEE 73
On paper resembles a coin throw. Tennessee has had a better season than Purdue, but Purdue has had an equally good January-to-now. If Carsen Edwards continues to play – not necessarily scoring – the way he has played this NCAA tournament, Boilermakers will be hard to beat and in such a smoothly matched game we will give a little nod to the team who just boasted the defending national champion over a team that was good enough to go up 25 in Iowa, so not good enough to almost lose.
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