Purdue couldn’t follow up a Big Ten regular season title with a conference tournament run, but the Boilermakers still grabbed a strong seed for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
During Sunday’s selection show on CBS, Purdue (25-7) learned it got a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. The Boilermakers will play No.13 Vermont in the first round on Thursday in Milwaukee, Wis.
Purdue gets No. 4 seed
5-Iowa State vs 12-Nevada
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 12, 2017
Boilermakers coach Matt Painter has been the program’s leader since the 2005-06 season and has taken Purdue to the Sweet 16 twice. But the Boilermakers haven’t won an NCAA Tournament game since the 2011-12 season.
However, with national player of the year candidate Caleb Swanigan, the Boilermakers are hoping for a long March run. Swanigan averages 18.5 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.