Purdue begins its 2018 NCAA Tournament run against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, March 16. Find the game time, TV channel and online live stream information below, along with a game preview.
Purdue enters March Madness as a No. 2 seed in its fourth straight tournament appearance, while Cal State Fullerton is making its first appearance since 2008.
Purdue vs. Cal State-Fullerton game time, location, info
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Game time: 12:40 p.m. ET
What channel is showing Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton’s NCAA Tournament game?
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Tournament will air on truTV. Find truTV in your area here.
How to watch Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton in NCAA Tournament online
Purdue vs. Cal State-Fullerton’s First Round tournament game will stream live at NCAA.com.
Purdue vs. Cal State Fullerton game preview
Purdue is the heavy favorite here, as is any 15 seed against a 2 seed. The Boilermakers are the top seed from the Big Ten, having garnered an at-large bid after a 28-6 regular-season record. They made it to the Big Ten Tournament final before losing to Michigan.
Cal State Fullerton comes on the strength of a 20-11 record and a Big West Tournament championship.
At first glance, this seems like a classic 2 vs. 15 matchup. On second glance… it still looks like that. Purdue has all the might one would expect from a team that starts four seniors and one electric sophomore, and that seems like a recipe Cal State Fullerton won’t be able to handle. The Titans have a veteran presence too, even if they aren’t quite as experienced as the Boilermakers.
Kyle Allman Cal State Fullerton’s go-to scorer, averaging 19 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field. The junior guard runs everything for the Titans, and he’s able to hit from outside (43 percent on threes) and inside (48 percent on twos). Fellow junior Khalil Ahmed is Fullerton’s second-leading scorer at 15 points per game, and while he’s not the shooting threat Allman is, Ahmed can score inside the arc just as well as his teammate. He shoots 50 percent on 2-pointers, but only shoots 31 percent on threes.
Purdue still brings the heavy talent advantage into this game, and as with most games, the Boilermakers have a height advantage for which Cal State Fullerton doesn’t seem to have an answer. 7-foot-2 Isaac Haas and his backup, 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms, will likely go up against 6-foot-9 Arkim Robertson and 6-foot-7 Dominik Heinzl. That’s a matchup which figures to favor Purdue big-time. Those players will likely need help to guard either of Purdue’s towering centers, which should open up shots for Dakota Mathias, P.J. Thompson, Carsen Edwards and Vince Edwards on the perimeter. When the Boilermakers have opponents running around trying to keep their rotations going on the perimeter, that’s when their 3-point shooting (second-best in the country at 42 percent) really comes in handy.
No. 15 seeds do upset No. 2 seeds every once in a while, but there’s a reason it doesn’t happen that often. Purdue is the vastly superior team here, and a Cal State Fullerton win would be a monumental surprise.
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