Purdue has taken its first step in the NCAA Tournament. It second step will be a lot tougher when the Boilermakers play Iowa State at 9:40 p.m. ET Saturday on TBS.
The Boilermakers made it out of the first round of the tournament for the first time in three years with a 80-70 win over Vermont on Thursday, but the road gets immediately tougher as No. 4 seed Purdue will face No. 5 seed Iowa State in the second round in the Midwest Region.
The Cyclones beat 12th-seeded Nevada 84-73 in the first round.
The game will pit Purdue (26-7), the Big Ten regular season champion, against Iowa State (24-10), the Big 12 tournament champion.
The winner of this game will move on to the Sweet 16.
Purdue-Iowa State game time, details for 2017 NCAA Tournament
Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 18
Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee
Line: Purdue is favored by 1
What TV channel is Purdue-Iowa State basketball on?
How can I watch Purdue-Iowa State basketball online?
All NCAA Tournament games will be streaming through NCAA March Madness Live.
How can I listen to Purdue-Iowa State basketball on the radio?
The game will be broadcast by Westwood One.
Who are the announcers for Purdue-Iowa State basketball?
Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Debbie Antonelli and Lisa Byington will be on the call in Milwaukee.
Purdue-Iowa State basketball preview: 3 things to watch
1. Star watch. Two of the nation’s top players will square off: Purdue sophomore Caleb Swanigan and Iowa State senior Monte Morris. The key for both is simple: stay on the floor. Should either player find foul trouble, his team will be seriously hampered. Morris, who has reached double figures in scoring in all but four games this season, has only fouled out once this season. Swanigan, on the other hand, has fouled out five times and has often been saddled with foul trouble. That can’t happen Saturday.
2. Over the hump. The Boilermakers lost their tourney opener the past two years and haven’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2010. Iowa State, meanwhile, is looking to make its second consecutive trip to the Sweet 16 and third in four years.
3. All the little things. Morris and Iowa State are among the nation’s leaders in fewest turnovers per game, while Purdue averages around three more turnovers per game than the Cyclones. In a game like this, it’s going to come down to little things. If Swanigan can get work done on the glass, the Boilermakers take care of the ball and keep up their defensive intensity, they should win.