The Boilermakers pulled out the victory behind some late-game heroics from Vincent Edwards and Dakota Mathias, as Edwards came up with a clutch block on the defensive end and Mathias later drilled a big 3-pointer.
After the game, ESPN’s Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams joined SportsCenter to discuss Purdue’s win over Butler in the Round of 32.
“I thought they were really good defensively,” Greenberg said. “Dakota Mathias is a flat-out, lockdown defender. And if I’m Purdue, I feel pretty good about myself because with the game on the line, they executed. They curled the first cutter, screened for Mathias and he knocked down that big 3.”
While both Greenberg and Williams were impressed with Purdue’s win despite not having one of its best players in Isaac Haas for the remainder of the tournament, Williams pointed out that the Boilermakers need to be more “disruptive” on the defensive end of the floor without Haas.
“When you lose a guy who is seven feet tall and weighs 275 pounds, who is a low post threat down on the block and draws double teams, of course that’s going to affect your team,” Williams said. “That’s how Vincent Edwards, Carsen Edwards, Dakota Mathias made open threes, playing off that doubling down low. It takes away your offensive threat. I think now they need to be more disruptive defensively.”
In addition, both Greenberg and Williams pointed out what worries them going forward about Purdue.
Williams is concerned that Haas’ replacement, Matt Haarms, may give up offensive rebounds because of his want to block shots.
“I think one of their concerns moving forward: Matt Haarms loves to try to block shots,” Williams said. “And when he does that, that opens him up for offensive rebounds. They need to continue to be good defensively, but also secure the ball on the defensive end.”
Greenberg went a different route, saying that he is concerned about Carsen Edwards playing out of control.
“My one concern for them would be Carsen Edwards,” Greenberg said. “Yes, you don’t have Isaac Haas, but you still need to be selectively aggressive. You can’t be a loose cannon, you can’t play faster than the rest of your teammates. You’ve got to make better decisions. But I thought they were really good defensively.”
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Purdue will take on Texas Tech on Friday in the Sweet 16.