Purdue faces off against Butler in a 2018 NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, March 18. Find the game time, TV channel, online streaming information and a game preview below.
This is a rematch of a Crossroads Classic game from earlier this season, where the No. 2-seed Boilermakers took home a 82-67 win over the No. 10-seed Bulldogs.
Purdue-Butler NCAA Tournament game time, location, details
Purduve vs. Butler 2018 NCAA Tournament Game time: 12:10 p.m. ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Date: March 28, 2018
How to watch Purdue vs. Butler’s 2018 NCAA Tournament game on TV
Purdue vs. Butler in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will air on CBS.
Where to stream Purdue-Butler’s 2018 NCAA Tournament game online
Purdue vs. Butler in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be streaming live online on NCAA.com.
How can I listen to Purdue-Butler’s 2018 NCAA Tournament game?
Purdue vs. Butler in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be available on a radio stream on the TuneIn app.
Purdue-Butler NCAA Tournament 2018 game preview
The last time these two teams faced off, it wasn’t particularly close. In a Crossroads Classic matchup in December, Purdue led from the get-go and never gave up their lead. That was win No. 7 in what would become a 19-game winning streak for the Boilermakers, who finished the regular season with a 26-5 record, including 15-3 in conference play.
Here’s a quick primer on the Butler Bulldogs
Coach: LaVall Jordan, who is in his first season as the replacement for Chris Holtmann, who is now the coach at Ohio State.
Record: 30-6 (includes postseason play)
KenPom ranking: 24 (this is before the Friday win is taken into account, FYI.)
Butler made three tournaments in a row under Chris Holtmann, and obviously has an impressive history in March. This edition of the Bulldogs has been as effective as any in recent years, with senior forward Kelan Martin leading the way for Butler’s offense. He averages 21 points per game on 44 percent shooting from the field to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
This game will likely be Purdue’s first this season without center Isaac Haas, who suffered an elbow fracture in the Boilermakers’ first-round win over Cal State Fullerton. While one report suggested Haas could play after the team initially announced he’d miss the rest of the tournament, Purdue coach Matt Painter was doubtful his big man will be back.
“He can go out there and get in warmups and do things but I don’t think he’s going to play,” Painter told reporters on Saturday. “I’m obviously not a doctor. But I’ve been able to look at it and see — he just went through things today and just getting loose and everything. His legs aren’t broke. So you’re allowed to still run when your elbow is fractured.”
Assuming Haas won’t be able to play, backup 7-footer Matt Haarms will play in his stead.
It’s a significant loss on paper for the Boilermakers. But it’s not crazy to think playing without Haas could be advantageous, at least on Sunday .
Purdue has regularly run its offense through the 7-foot-2, 290-pound standout most of the season. That hasn’t always been a recipe for success, especially recently.
The Boilermakers lost three straight Big Ten games to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin from Feb. 7-15. The opposing strategy was to avoid double-teaming Haas, letting him get his points while limiting the opportunities for kick-out 3-pointers. Haas averaged 18.3 points over those three games — 3 points above his season average — but the team obviously wasn’t better for it.
This was again an effective strategy in Purdue’s most recent loss in the Big Ten title game last weekend. Haas had 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, but the Boilermakers hit just 4 of 17 from 3-point range and were defeated 75-66.
Preparing for Purdue without Haas presents many different variables. Not even the Boilermakers know exactly what to expect from themselves Sunday .
“I really don’t know what exactly we could throw at somebody, and I know that team really doesn’t know either,” said guard Ryan Cline.
The most likely possibility is Purdue essentially replaces Haas with 7-3 backup center Matt Haarms. Though the Boilermakers could also primarily deploy a smaller, quicker lineup with any combination of P.J. Thompson (5-10), Carsen Edwards (6-1), Dakota Mathias (6-4), Nojel Eastern (6-6), Grady Eifert (6-6), Cline (6-6) or Vincent Edwards (6-8).
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