The NCAA Tournament is rolling along and Friday’s Purdue vs Texas Tech game could be one of the more intriguing matchups of the Sweet 16.
When Isaac Haas crashed to the floor in Purdue’s first-round game against 15-seeded Cal State Fullerton, it seemed as if the Boilermakers’ Final Four hopes were out the window. However, they have persevered without their big man, finishing off the 15-seed and moving on to beat a tough Butler squad.
Now that they’re in the Sweet 16 within shouting distance of a Final Four, the Boilermakers will have to really prove themselves. Texas Tech is next on the schedule and the Red Raiders may present problems for the Boilermakers with depth and consistent scoring options.
Still, Purdue has what it takes to surprise some teams, but the Red Raiders may be ready for everything the Boilermakers will throw their way.
Both teams can get out and score, but the key to the game could be Haas’ replacement in the post, Matt Haarms. He has done a solid job thus far of replacing Haas, but he doesn’t quite have the power and post presence of his fellow big man just yet.
Each of these squads could make some noise in the Elite Eight. Purdue is looking to make its first Elite Eight since 2000 and the first under head coach Matt Painter while the Red Raiders have never made it to the round of eight. History will be made no matter what on Friday night.
Here’s how you can watch Friday’s Purdue vs Texas Tech game:
Date: Friday, March 23
Time: 9:57 p.m. ET
Location: Boston, Mass.
Venue: TD Garden
Live Stream: March Madness Live
The Boilermakers are looking to prove themselves worthy of a Final Four berth even without Haas while Texas Tech is hoping to make its first Elite Eight in school history.