A look at the action that will be taking place in the second round on Thursday of the NCAA Tournament between Purdue and Cincinnati.
The NCAA Tournament, or March Madness, is all set to get in full swing here for the 2015 season, and all of the action begins on Thursday with the playing of the second round games. The later afternoon games may not see mad crazy as the earlier games, but there is a lot to like about the 8/9 matchup between Purdue and Cincinnati.
This is your typical 8/9 matchup that is just impossible to predict — probably more so than the other matchups with this seeding. The Purdue Boilermakers are one of the lower ranked Big 10 teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament, as even Iowa has a higher seed than they do. A.J. Hammons is a big dude, and he plays well on both ends of the floor — something the Bearcats will need to be mindful of.
But Purdue struggles to hit from beyond the arc, and Cincinnati has the ability to lockdown the paint on defense. That’s going to be huge, as the Bearcats aren’t going to be win a shootout with Purdue, as they lack prolific scorers to keep up on offense.
That’s not to say they won’t find other ways to beat Purdue, as Cincinnati is the higher seed and boasts big wins this season against SMU and San Diego State — both of whom are seeded higher than the Boilermakers.
As the action takes place on Thursday, you can follow along with live updated provided below:
Cincinnati vs. Purdue:
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