Purdue sweated out a 76-73 win over Butler in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 18 to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.
Below is our running live blog from the game. To get the full picture of the game, start from the bottom and read up.
Purdue-Butler NCAA Tournament 2018 score, live updates
Final: Purdue 76, Butler 73: Purdue was able to get a key defensive rebound in the final seconds, but P.J. Thompson missed the front end up a 1-and-1 and Butler got the ball back. The Bulldogs’ halfcourt shot came real close, but it rimmed out. Purdue’s headed to the Sweet 16.
This Vince Edwards block is huuuge.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 18, 2018
Purdue 73, Butler 71, 1:47 left: Wooooo, boy. A 6-0 Butler run makes this a 2-point game. Purdue hasn’t scored in 2:41, so they’ll probably want to start putting the ball in the basket instead of not doing that.
Purdue 73, Butler 67, 3:19 left: This one looks like it’ll go down to the wire. Purdue’s lineup without Haarms puts Grady Eifert and Vince Edwards down low, which has had…mixed results. The Bulldogs are getting to the rim slightly more often with Haarms out, it seems.
Purdue 66, Butler 58, 7:25 remaining: Kelan Martin is keeping Butler in this with a game-high 23 points. P.J. Thompson has 7 points in the second half, which has been huge.
Purdue 61, Butler 51, 10:11 remaining: Butler hasn’t scored in almost two minutes, and Purdue looks to be pulling away. The Boilermakers are shooting a nice 69 percent this half on 9-for-13 from the field, and seem to be finding the holes in Butler’s defense.
Purdue 57, Butler 51, 11:54 remaining: Purdue is 3-for-5 from deep so far this half, and Vince Edwards hasn’t yet picked up that fourth foul. Both are good things.
Purdue 48, Butler 45: 15:27 left in second half: Butler’s outscoring Purdue 9-8 so far in this half, but a Dakota Mathias 3-pointer is keeping the Boilers in the lead for now.
Halftime: Purdue 40, Butler 36.
Purdue needs Vince and Carsen Edwards to step up even more without Isaac Haas, and they’ve both done what they need to do. Vince has 12 points on 5 shots, but picked up his third foul right before the half, a potentially huge development for the Boilers.
Butler 28, Purdue 26, 3:48 left in first half: Play is evening out. Kelan Martin has 10 points for Butler, and Vince Edwards leads Purdue with 8.
Butler 21, Purdue 15, 7:58 in first half: The Boilers look like they survived a brief injury scare, as Matt Haarms went to the floor clutching his arm. He appears to be okay though, and is still in the game.
Also, Vince Edwards has seen a lot of time on the bench so far after two early fouls. He has two points so far.
Butler 16, Purdue 11, 11:51 left in first half: Matt Haarms has looked solid so far, with two blocks, two rebounds and no fouls. Purdue won’t get the same kind of production down low that it’d get with Haas in the game, but I’d say it’s so far so good for his backup.
Butler 11, Purdue 8, 15:37 left in first half: Butler’s definitely feeling it so far on offense. Kelan Baldwin hit a deeep three for the Bulldogs’ second bucket of the game and is one of Butler’s four scorers. Purdue’s 8 points are split between 5 for P.J. Thompson and 3 for Carsen Edwards.
Here’s the starting lineup. No Isaac Haas.
— Purdue Men’s Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 18, 2018
Tipoff is incoming. A few notes:
Isaac Haas is shooting free throws with his left hand. That’s a pretty good sign that he won’t play, if you ask me.
— Andrew Pogar (@AndrewPogar) March 18, 2018
Also: Butler Blue ain’t messing around:
— Butler Blue III (@ButlerBlue3) March 18, 2018
Purdue-Butler NCAA Tournament game time, location, details
Purduve vs. Butler 2018 NCAA Tournament Game time: 12:10 p.m. ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Date: March 28, 2018
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Purdue-Butler NCAA Tournament 2018 game preview
The last time these two teams faced off, it wasn’t particularly close. In a Crossroads Classic matchup in December, Purdue led from the get-go and never gave up their lead. That was win No. 7 in what would become a 19-game winning streak for the Boilermakers, who finished the regular season with a 26-5 record, including 15-3 in conference play.
Here’s a quick primer on the Butler Bulldogs
Coach: LaVall Jordan, who is in his first season as the replacement for Chris Holtmann, who is now the coach at Ohio State.
Record: 30-6 (includes postseason play)
KenPom ranking: 24 (this is before the Friday win is taken into account, FYI.)
Butler made three tournaments in a row under Chris Holtmann, and obviously has an impressive history in March. This edition of the Bulldogs has been as effective as any in recent years, with senior forward Kelan Martin leading the way for Butler’s offense. He averages 21 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
This game will likely be Purdue’s first this season without center Isaac Haas, who suffered an elbow fracture in the Boilermakers’ first-round win over Cal State Fullerton. While one report suggested Haas could play after the team initially announced he’d miss the rest of the tournament, Purdue coach Matt Painter was doubtful his big man will be back.
“He can go out there and get in warmups and do things but I don’t think he’s going to play,” Painter told reporters on Saturday. “I’m obviously not a doctor. But I’ve been able to look at it and see — he just went through things today and just getting loose and everything. His legs aren’t broke. So you’re allowed to still run when your elbow is fractured.”
Assuming Haas won’t be able to play, backup 7-footer Matt Haarms will play in his stead.
It’s a significant loss on paper for the Boilermakers. But it’s not crazy to think playing without Haas could be advantageous, at least on Sunday.
Purdue has regularly run its offense through the 7-foot-2, 290-pound standout most of the season. That hasn’t always been a recipe for success, especially recently.
The Boilermakers lost three straight Big Ten games to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin from Feb. 7-15. The opposing strategy was to avoid double-teaming Haas, letting him get his points while limiting the opportunities for kick-out 3-pointers. Haas averaged 18.3 points over those three games — 3 points above his season average — but the team obviously wasn’t better for it.
This was again an effective strategy in Purdue’s most recent loss in the Big Ten title game last weekend. Haas had 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, but the Boilermakers hit just 4 of 17 from 3-point range and were defeated 75-66.
Preparing for Purdue without Haas presents many different variables. Not even the Boilermakers know exactly what to expect from themselves Sunday.
“I really don’t know what exactly we could throw at somebody, and I know that team really doesn’t know either,” said guard Ryan Cline.
The most likely possibility is Purdue essentially replaces Haas with 7-3 backup center Matt Haarms. Though the Boilermakers could also primarily deploy a smaller, quicker lineup with any combination of P.J. Thompson (5-10), Carsen Edwards (6-1), Dakota Mathias (6-4), Nojel Eastern (6-6), Grady Eifert (6-6), Cline (6-6) or Vincent Edwards (6-8).