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NCAA tourney at a glance: No. 5 seed Purdue

Feb 16, 2016; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter draws up a play during a timeout in the second half of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats  at Mackey Arena. Purdue won 71-61.

Purdue's Matt Painter talks NCAA tourney

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The Boilermakers have proven they are capable of beating just about any team … and also struggling against just about any team. Big Ten title dreams danced in the heads of Purdue fans in October. But, that didn’t materialize. Still, the goal of reaching the Final Four remains alive. Is it possible? Maybe. This is a big, tough physical squad anchored by a fleet of what the late Al McGuire used to like to call “aircraft carriers” in 7-0 A.J. Hammons, 6-9 Caleb Swanigan and 7-2 monster Isaac Haas. No school can match this tall trio of terror.

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Selection Sunday: Breaking down the Big Ten & the Bracket

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IU's Yogi Ferrell ready for the tourney

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The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket is set. Let the madness begin, as the Big Ten looks to win its first national title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. Seven Big Ten teams made the field: Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Who has the toughest potential path? Who has the easiest potential path?

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Jess Settles: My pregame scouting report for today's title game

Feb 9, 2016; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives to the basket against Purdue Boilermakers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) at Mackey Arena. Purdue defeats Michigan State 82-81 in overtime.

Remember the last time these two met?

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The only time Michigan State and Purdue faced off this season, we witnessed an instant classic as Purdue won the hard-fought overtime thriller, 82-81. Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spartans and proved to themselves that they could compete with anyone in the country. Michigan State gets a much wanted revenge game today with the Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line.

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Jess Settles: Three players to watch in today's championship

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Purdue’s Raphael Davis and Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes. When I sit down to watch today’s Big Ten tournament championship game, those are the three players I’ll be watching very closely. Let me tell you why.

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