A year ago, the Purdue Boilermakers dropped their opening-round game of the NCAA Tournament to Arkansas-Little Rock in the dreaded 5-seed vs. 12-seed matchup.
They’ll hope history doesn’t repeat itself Thursday when they face Vermont at 7:27 p.m. ET in the opening round of the Midwest Region in Milwaukee. The game will be televised on truTV.
Purdue (25-7), the Big Ten regular-season champ who this time is a 4-seed, will of course look to Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan. Vermont boasts a balanced attack, but don’t mistake that for not being a dangerous team: The Catamounts (29-5) are riding a 21-game winning streak, the nation’s longest.
The winner of this game will face either Iowa State or Nevada.
Purdue-Vermont game time, details for 2017 NCAA Tournament
Time: 7:27 p.m., ET
Date: Thursday, March 16
Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee
What TV channel is Purdue-Vermont basketball on?
How can I watch Purdue-Vermont basketball online?
All NCAA Tournament games will be streaming through NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Purdue-Vermont basketball on the radio?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One.
Who are the announcers for Maryland-Xavier basketball?
Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli and Lisa Byington will be on the call in Milwaukee.
Purdue-Vermont basketball preview
Keep Biggie out of foul trouble
There is no one on Vermont’s roster capable of containing Swanigan. If the big man saddled with foul trouble, however, the Catamounts have a really good chance of spoiling Purdue’s season. But it’s simple: Swanigan stays on the floor, Boilermakers win.
Break their spirit
Vermont is not an easy team to beat. In fact, it last lost to Butler four days before Christmas. If Purdue can jump ahead early, that could rattle the Catamounts and force them into the unfamiliar position of playing from behind. Let them hang around, though, and they’ll start believing more and more they can pull the upset.
Protect the ball
Vermont won’t kill you with athleticism, but the Catamounts take care of the ball and use a balanced scoring attack on offense. If Purdue gets sloppy, that will translate to Vermont buckets.