Purdue’s season came to an end in a 78-65 loss to Texas Tech on Friday night in a 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game in Boston. The Boilermakers were shorthanded without center Isaac Haas, and it showed.
Texas Tech’s top-of-the line defense was on display against Purdue, but its offense hummed nicely, too. Purdue’s scoring attack wasn’t at its best without Haas, but Carsen Edwards did his best with 30 points, including 27 in the second half.
Texas Tech ran away with it in the end, extending the lead well into double digits and earning a spot in the Elite Eight.
Here’s our live blog, with the most recent updates at the top:
Purdue-Texas Tech NCAA Tournament 2018 score, live updates
Texas Tech 63, Purdue 55, 4:00 left: Texas Tech has received a balanced scoring effort, with three players in double digits. Keenan Evans is one, and his 3-pointer with 4:24 left looms large right now.
Texas Tech 54, Purdue 46, 8:00 remaining: Carsen Edwards is showing up big-time in the second half. He has 13 of his 18 points since the halftime break, but Purdue still trails.
A telling stat: Texas Tech has eight more possessions than Purdue. That’s due to a combination of turnovers and offensive rebounds, and it’s made all the difference. The team’s shooting percentages are almost the same, with Tech shooting 43 percent and Purdue shooting 44 percent.
Texas Tech 50, Purdue 41, 11:05 left: The Red Raiders are threatening to pull away here. Purdue’s missed a couple opportunities, and needs to mount a run soon.
Texas Tech 43, Purdue 39, 13:02 left: Texas Tech is keeping the Boilers a few points away. Things have been okay for Purdue on offense, and they’re certainly not out of it down only four.
Halftime score: Texas Tech 30, Purdue 25
Some halftime observations:
- Purdue’s been streaky as heck. A 7-minute scoreless stretch marred the middle of the half and a 3-minute scoreless stretch ended it.
- P.J. Thompson and Vince Edwards are leading Purdue’s offense. Each has 8 points and is shooting over 50 percent.
- Matt Haarms’ offensive limitations have been on display. He’s 1 for 2 from the field with two turnovers. He’s not Isaac Haas, not that Purdue should expect him to be. Haarms went off the court holding his elbow after a hard fall late in the half, but came back in.
Also this happened:
— Land Of 10 (@landof10) March 24, 2018
Purdue 25, Texas Tech 20, 3:27 remaining in first half: A P.J. Thompson 3-pointer broke the scoreless streak at over 7 minutes, and Carsen Edwards followed that with a layup. Points are good! Texas Tech hit an impressive three, and the teams have been trading buckets since. This is nicer.
Texas Tech came in with the fourth-best defense in the country, per KenPom’s numbers. Purdue’s still shooting 55 percent from the field after that 7-minute scoreless stretch, so there’s that.
Purdue 15, Texas Tech 15, 7:50 remaining: No, that’s not a typo. Neither team has scored in over three minutes, and Purdue hasn’t scored in over five. The Boilermakers’ offense is lost right now, and getting the ball inside to Matt Haarms doesn’t appear to be the answer. Texas Tech swarms him whenever it happens, and Haarms has been unable to make the correct pass out of the double team yet.
Purdue 15, Texas Tech 15, 10:20 left in the first quarter: Purdue went on a 3-minute scoring drought that corresponded with a 7-0 Texas Tech run. Three Boilermaker turnovers in the last three minutes sure haven’t helped their cause.
Purdue 11, Texas Tech 6, 15:25 left in the first quarter: The Boilermakers are off to a 5-for-6 start from the field. Vince Edwards has 4 points on 2 shots, Carsen Edwards has a 3-pointer and P.J. Thompson knocked in another two.
Per CBS, the game’s tip time has been moved from 9:57 to 10:26 after the Villanova-West Virginia game.
This is noted below, but Matt Painter told CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein that Isaac Haas won’t be able to give it a go tonight. That’s expected, as Painter attempted to quiet any talk that Haas would play in any public opportunity the coach received.
We’ll post updates from the game here as tipoff gets a little bit closer.
NCAA Tournament 2018: Purdue-Texas Tech game info, date, time for Sweet 16
Date: Friday, March 23
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 10:20 p.m. ET
Purdue-Texas Tech TV channel for 2018 NCAA Tournament
Purdue vs. Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be televised on CBS.
How to watch Purdue-Texas Tech’s NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game online
Purdue vs. Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be streaming online at NCAA.com.
Purdue-Texas Tech 2018 NCAA Tournament preview
This is Purdue’s second game without Isaac Haas.
The Boilermakers are likely to be without their starting 7-foot-2 center for the second straight game, though that’s not a certainty. Haas couldn’t play in Purdue’s second-round win over Butler because the NCAA ruled he wasn’t allowed to use the brace the team had fashioned for his broken elbow. Purdue now has engineering students on the case, and they built this:
Here’s the brace that Purdue mechanical engineering students designed for Isaac Haas. He says he’ll try to play Thursday vs. Texas Tech. pic.twitter.com/H8MEedeo4O
— Roman Stubbs (@romanstubbs) March 22, 2018
Matt Haarms filled in admirably for Haas against Butler. This time around he’ll face off against 6-foot-9 Norense Odiase, 6-foot-11 Tommy Hamilton and 6-foot-8 Zach Smith of Texas Tech. Hamilton is the only player who can come close to matching Haarms’ height, but he and Odiase both match Haarms’ weight. That should make for some competition down low.
Purdue vs. Texas Tech’s matchup to watch comes with the Boilermakers on offense and the Red Raiders on D.
Texas Tech’s defense is for real. Coach Chris Beard has the Red Raiders playing as one of the toughest defensive units in the country. KenPom’s numbers grade them as the No. 4 defense in the country compared to their 48th ranking on offense.
Purdue’s offense ranks second in the country on KenPom, though that’s obviously only including one game without Haas. Still, it’s certainly possible the Boilermakers adapt without their big man and change their offense around. Purdue’s inside-out approach with Haas, which often involved the large center posting up with four 3-point shooters around him. The Boilers shot 46 percent on threes against Butler while Haarms scored 7 points inside.
It’ll likely be a bit rougher for Purdue’s offense this time around without Haas, but only time will tell what that will mean.