Purdue (27-7) vs.  Kansas (30-4) / Midwest Region
Thursday, March 23, 2017 / 9:39 p.m. ET / CBS
TV Talent: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
Kansas City, Mo. / Sprint Center (18,961)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 4-seeded Purdue looks for its first Elite Eight appearance in 17 years when it battles top-seeded Kansas in its own backyard Thursday in the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Tip is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET / 8:40 p.m. CT and will be televised by CBS.
• Purdue is making its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2010 and its third trip to the Regional Semifinal under Matt Painter (2009, 2010).
• Purdue has scored 80 points in back-to-back NCAA Tournament games for the first time since the 1998 first and second rounds. The last time Purdue scored 80-plus points in three straight tournament games came during the 1994 tournament.
• Purdue is shooting 50.0 percent from the field in its two tournament games, including 45-of-78 (.577) from inside the three-point line.
• The Boilermakers have 43 assists against 20 turnovers in NCAA play and is outrebounding foes by 10.0 rebounds per game.
• Five players average at least 10.5 points per game in NCAA Tournament play and another one, P.J. Thompson, averages 7.5 points.
• Purdue (8th) and Kansas (5th) are among the top 10 nationally in 3-point percentage. The teams also rank 65th (Purdue) and 69th (Kansas), respectively, in field goal percentage defense.
• Both Purdue and Kansas won their respective conference regular-season crowns. And both teams lost in the first round of the conference tournament.
• Purdue’s junior class averaged 50.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 12.0 assists in two NCAA Tournament games. The group shot 41-of-73 (.561) from the field. The class scored 100 of Purdue’s 160 points (62.5 percent) in the first two games.
• Purdue’s 27 wins are tied for the fifth most in school history. Purdue has now won at least 26 games in back-to-back seasons for the third time in school history (2008-09 and 2009-10; 2009-10 and 2010-11; 2015-16 and 2016-17). All three of the occurrences have come under Matt Painter.
• Purdue improved to 20-1 this year in games decided by 10 or more points. Twenty of Purdue’s 27 wins have come by double-digits.
• Purdue improved to 30-1 since the start of last year when outrebounding its opponent by 10 or more rebounds.
• Purdue won its league-best 23rd Big Ten Championship and its 12th outright title this year. Purdue won the league crown by two games.
• Purdue has now won two Big Ten regular-season titles in the last eight years. Only Ohio State (3; 2010, 2011, 2012) has more titles in that span.
• Caleb Swanigan has broken the Big Ten’s all-time double-double record with 28, set against Vermont (Jerry Lucas – 3 times; Brad Sellers – 26)
• Caleb Swanigan’s 227 rebounds in Big Ten play were the most since Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich had 227 in 1970 … 47 years ago!
• Vincent Edwards became the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists (E’Twaun Moore).
• 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).
• Matt Painter has won 65.3 percent of his games at Purdue. Legendary coach Gene Keady won 65.5 percent of his games at Purdue (1981-05).