Kansas vs. Purdue: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017

Don't overlook Purdue's guards Thursday night

The two teams won their regular-season outright conference titles by multiple games.

Kansas dominated Purdue at the Kansas City Sprint Center, winning their Sweet 16 game 98-66. His presence has opened things up for a Purdue team that ranks among the nation's best at shooting the three-pointer: The Boilermakers have made 40.6 percent of their shots beyond the arc. The other checks in at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds and doesn't look quite as imposing but plays that way.

Point is, this wasn't a start-to-finish smashing so much as it was a slow bleed leading into an eventual gush. Vincent Edwards has also been great in two tournament games, scoring a combined 42 points and grabbing a combined 15 rebounds. Kansas became the first team since the 1995 UConn team to score 90 or more points in the first three games of the tournament. But the stars will determine this one, and the showdown between the guard tandems should be exciting.

Josh Jackson added 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Landen Lucas did a good job of keeping Purdue forwards Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas in check, as the Jayhawks (31-4) turned a seven-point halftime lead into their third consecutive blowout in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks use two point guards, as Devonte' Graham handles the ball as often as Mason. Purdue rallied to get within two with 16 and a half minutes remaining on Thursday ... and then Kansas made a decision to close.

Kansas thrived by capitalizing on two problem areas which Purdue never completely solved. KU built the margin to 16 points (72-56) at 9:41 and 74-58 at 9:03.

"Guy knows how to put the ball in the hole, " said teammate Josh Jackson. It crushed UC Davis by 38, then pulled of big second halves to run away from Big Ten opponents Michigan State (by 20) and Purdue (by 32).

"We played our style of basketball, " said Mason, "and that's what got us rolling".

Sweet 16 Predictions, And Beyond
But they realized they could approximate Duke's talent if not its skill, and in a one-and-done setting belief is a powerful thing. Do you remember who won the NCAA Tournament in 2013? I did not see that kind of domination coming, and I'm not sure that it last.

Kansas has risen to the top largely because of its transition offense.

No time for a changeup, Mason stayed in fast-forward and whistled a one-handed pass across his waist to an all-alone Lagerald Vick in the left corner.

In the only NCAA Tournament meeting between the teams, KU rolled, 104-86, in an Elite Eight battle on March 24, 2002 in Madison, Wis. KU ultimately lost to Maryland, 97-88, in a Final Four semifinal on March 30, 2002 in Atlanta. Collins' skill set just seems like it would fit Gonzaga's game plan better in this contest.

With his team leading by 7 (only 7!) with over 12 minutes left to play in the second half, Kansas sophomore Lagerald Vick executed a attractive steal and had nothing but open court in front of him. "He'll give you a little smile or a little laugh every now and then but it's kind of rare". "So I'm just going to get out there and do whatever I can do to help my team be successful".

This may be the game where Mark Few decides to play freshman forward Zach Collins, the Zags' best National Basketball Association prospect, more than fifth-year center Przemek Karnowski. That's what happens when you have four McDonald's All Americans and three players (Mason, Jackson and Graham) who have reasonable NBA Draft aspirations. Among casual fans in Lawrence, all week I've heard nothing but talk about Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan despite the fact that most of these same people hadn't even heard of the kid before last weekend.

Mathias met Miller during Wednesday's public practice session in Kansas City for the Sweet 16. Still, the Boilers are better suited to go head to head with the Jayhawks than most.

My editor is standing over my shoulder telling me we're at Sprint Center, but I know what I saw, and more than that know what I heard.

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