Purdue will meet Vermont in the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Thursday at 7:27 p.m. ET. The game game will be broadcast live on truTV.
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Purdue-Vermont basketball preview
Purdue dropped its opening-round game of the NCAA Tournament to Arkansas-Little Rock in the dreaded 5-seed vs. 12-seed matchup last year, and will hope history doesn’t repeat itself Thursday when they face Vermont. The game will be televised on truTV.
Purdue (25-7), the Big Ten regular-season champ who this time is a 4-seed, will of course look to Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan. Vermont boasts a balanced attack, but don’t mistake that for not being a dangerous team: The Catamounts (29-5) are riding a 21-game winning streak, the nation’s longest.
Keys to the game
Keep Biggie out of foul trouble
There is no one on Vermont’s roster capable of containing Swanigan. If the big man saddled with foul trouble, however, the Catamounts have a really good chance of spoiling Purdue’s season. But it’s simple: Swanigan stays on the floor, Boilermakers win.
Break their spirit
Vermont is not an easy team to beat. In fact, it last lost to Butler four days before Christmas. If Purdue can jump ahead early, that could rattle the Catamounts and force them into the unfamiliar position of playing from behind. Let them hang around, though, and they’ll start believing more and more they can pull the upset.
Protect the ball
Vermont won’t kill you with athleticism, but the Catamounts take care of the ball and use a balanced scoring attack on offense. If Purdue gets sloppy, that will translate to Vermont buckets.