Purdue ran away with 74-48 a win in its 2018 NCAA Tournament debut against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, March 16. Below is our running live blog, updated throughout the game.
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton score, live updates
Purdue cruised to the end of this win, and will play the winner of Arkansas vs. Butler on Sunday. We’ll have more info on the game time and TV channel when that’s released to the public.
Purdue 73, CS Fullerton 48, 3:16 left. Purdue’s going to be able to empty its bench at the finish. Carsen and Vince Edwards each have 15 points, and P.J. Thompson has 11.
This is how things are going for Cal State Fullerton. Titans got the ball on a fast break, and Purdue’s Vince Edwards denied this easy opportunity with a chasedown block.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 16, 2018
Purdue 61, CS Fullerton 36, 7:01 left. Haas is back in, and Purdue keeps rolling. Fullerton is only shooting 35 percent from the field and 21 percent from three, and this game is well in hand for the Boilers.
Purdue 54, CS Fullerton 31, 11:41 left: The rout is on, but Isaac Haas just went down with what appears to be a right elbow injury. Haas was on the ground in pain for a while, but CBS’ Allie LaForce says it’s a stinger and Haas should be okay.
Purdue 46, CS Fullerton 27, 14:08 left: Purdue’s starting to pull away and make this look like a true 2-vs.-15 game. The Boilermakers are on a 16-6 run to start the half, and are 2-for-3 on threes so far. Matt Haarms had an impressive volleyball pass I’ll put in here if the video shows up on Twitter.
Purdue 39, Cal State Fullerton 23, 17:26 left: Purdue is on a 9-2 run to start the second half. Isaac Haas has 4 of those points, which is a good sign for the Boilermakers. Cal State Fullerton doesn’t have anyone who can match up with Haas, and I’d expect him to get some more buckets after only scoring 2 points in the first half.
Second half is back underway. I’d be very surprised if Purdue doesn’t make a big run and create some distance soon. I just can’t stop looking at these two screenshots from KenPom:
Purdue has a giant talent advantage here. Time for the Boilermakers to stomp on the gas pedal.
Halftime: Purdue 30, Cal State Fullerton 21. The Boilermakers are ahead, but this has still been close for a 2-vs.-15 matchup. Still, every time Cal State Fullerton gets close, Purdue seems to make a run. Carsen Edwards is the game’s leading scorer with 13 points. Full stats:
Purdue 27, Cal State Fullerton 20, 1:33: Cal State Fullerton is still making this a game. The No. 15 seed got within two points of the Boilermakers on a Kyle Allman layup with three minutes left, but Purdue scored two buckets in a row to keep the Titans at an arm’s length. Purdue’s still only shooting 2-for-10 on threes, but CSF is only 3-for-10.
Purdue 20, Cal State Fullerton 15, 5:45: Purdue is only 1-for-8 on threes, but has a lead thanks to some customarily excellent play from Carsen Edwards. The sophomore has 10 points on 7 shots, and is 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. We also now have this wonderful higlight of Isaac Haas ripping an opponents jersey while attempting to use him to brace a fall:
UPDATE: ISAAC HAAS IS STRONG. pic.twitter.com/pRcF2corsC
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 16, 2018
Purdue 11, Fullerton 9. 12:56: Purdue started off the game with a 6-0 run, and Fullerton countered with a 5-0 run of its own. Scoring is balanced early, with no player getting more than two buckets so far. This Carsen Edwards slam is your highlight so far:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 16, 2018
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton game time, location, info
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Game time: 12:40 p.m. ET
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How to watch Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton in NCAA Tournament online
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton’s first-round tournament game will stream live at NCAA.com.
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton pregame reading
Purdue is the heavy favorite here, as is any 15 seed against a 2 seed. The Boilermakers are the top seed from the Big Ten, having garnered an at-large bid after a 28-6 regular-season record. They made it to the Big Ten Tournament final before losing to Michigan.
Cal State Fullerton comes in on the strength of a 20-11 record and a Big West Tournament championship.
At first glance, this seems like a classic 2 vs. 15 matchup. On second glance … it still looks like that. Purdue has all the might one would expect from a team that starts four seniors and one electric sophomore, and that seems like a recipe Cal State Fullerton won’t be able to handle. The Titans have a veteran presence, too, even if they aren’t quite as experienced as the Boilermakers.
Kyle Allman is Cal State Fullerton’s go-to scorer, averaging 19 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field. The junior guard runs everything for the Titans, and he’s able to hit from outside (43 percent on 3-point shots) and inside (48 percent on 2-point field goals). Fellow junior Khalil Ahmed is Fullerton’s second-leading scorer at 15 points per game, and while he’s not the shooting threat Allman is, Ahmed can score inside the arc just as well as his teammate. He shoots 50 percent on 2-pointers, but only shoots 31 percent from 3-point range.
Purdue still brings the heavy talent advantage into this game, and as with most games, the Boilermakers have a height advantage for which Cal State Fullerton doesn’t seem to have an answer. In the middle, 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas and his backup, 7-3 Matt Haarms, likely will go up against 6-9 Arkim Robertson and 6-7 Dominik Heinzl. That’s a matchup that figures to favor Purdue big-time. Those players likely will need help to guard either of Purdue’s towering centers, which should open up shots for Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Carsen Edwards and Vince Edwards on the perimeter. When the Boilermakers have opponents running around trying to keep their rotations going on the perimeter, that’s when their 3-point shooting (second-best in the country at 42 percent) really comes in handy.
No. 15 seeds do upset No. 2 seeds every once in a while, but there’s a reason it doesn’t happen that often. Purdue is the vastly superior team here, and a Cal State Fullerton win would be a monumental surprise.