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He put up a dominant stat line, contributing on both ends of the floor and showing that Purdue had nothing to offer him. With time running out in the first half, and Purdue hoping to cut a 5-point deficit even further, Lagerald Vick deflected a pass.

Given that he has led OR to this summit, he's one of those best-coaches-never-to-reach-the-Final-Four types.

The Jayhawks' athleticism, swagger and skill came together in those 360 degrees.

Vick's dunk and the ensuing Kansas run were not only signs that Purdue would spend the rest of the night chasing Purdue, but that the rest of the NCAA Tournament field is chasing the Jayhawks, too.

Like we said, Purdue needed to be ideal just to hang around in this game, and they were far from flawless. It became the most lopsided defeat since a 97-60 loss to IU in January 2013. "Play the game like you've got to go compete because you have a chance to win a regional championship", Self said.

Then, Kansas' Frank Mason III, making it perfectly clear in the Kansas rout of Purdue - 26 points, 9-for-11 shooting, seven rebounds, seven assists - who the top player on the court was. After enjoying a tremendous home-court advantage at the Sprint Center - roughly 45 minutes from the school's Allen Fieldhouse - the Jayhawks will again play the role of de facto hosts against No. 3 OR in the Elite Eight, looking to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2012. With two impressive victories in the first weekend of March Madness, they now have the best title odds of any team in college basketball.

The Purdue Boilermakers fell to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Sweet 16, 98-to-66 last night. Purdue was the hands-down class of the Big Ten during the regular season but has been overshadowed by the unexpected runs of conference-mates MI and Wisconsin. The speed, aggression and efficiency they demonstrated never dipped in the 40-minute contest.

Graham fills the stat sheet just as much as his superstar teammates. "Before he went to Purdue, Swanigan, 6'9" tall, slimmed down - to 249lbs. So I don't think these guys think I have one. It's a grind. It's tough.

"P.J. has always had that uncanny ability to step up in big moments", his father, LaSalle Thompson, said.

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"All the games we feel the pressure to move on, to advance", Altman said. Totals 22 20-point games this season and 26 for his career. The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten (13 nationally) in rebounding margin at 7.0. "You don't box out, they get offensive rebounds and kick it out for a three and make you pay".

"We didn't let the fans affect us at Utah, the Pac-12 tournament, the noise doesn't really affect us", said junior Jordan Bell. They won the rebounding and free throw war. Cincinnati would win only this game and lose in the round of 32.

"Only way we could have won this game is if we shot 80 percent with losing all three of those".

Early on, Purdue was winning all the battles. Purdue stubbornly attempted to feed Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas on the block, despite the swarming and turnover generating Kansas defense.

To beat Arizona, the Musketeers were helped by the Wildcats missing their last five shots, including a 3-pointer by freshman star Allonzo Trier with eight seconds left.

But a pair of live-ball turnovers contributed to an 8-0 Kansas run. He takes 63 percent of his shots from beyond 3-point range, connecting on 39.5 percent of them.

Purdue actually led by as many as eight with under seven minutes left in the first half, but Kansas closed the period on a run to lead by seven at halftime, an early warning to the Boilermakers about what was going to happen after the break. Another explanation is that Purdue never seems to find their way into the broken bracket.

But Graham has played in the shadows of Mason and Jackson all season despite the fact that he has scored in double figures in 29 of 34 games and also distributes the ball just as well as Mason.


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