Kansas vs. Purdue Prediction Roundtable – What’s Going To Happen

    Kansas vs. Purdue prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Jayhawks and Boilermakers in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday evening.

    March 22, 2017

    Kansas vs. Purdue prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Jayhawks and Boilermakers in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday evening.


    Jeff Bartl

    Vincent Edwards has put together back-to-back 21-point games to help Purdue get to its first Sweet 16 since 2010. But, will he exhaust too much of his energy having to defend Josh Jackson at the other end? If so, that puts more pressure on Caleb Swanigan to produce a big game offensively and on Dakota Mathias and Ryan Kline to hit shots. Swanigan and Frank Mason III are two of the four Naismith Award finalists and should help produce a fun back-and-forth battle, but the Jayhawks win in a virtual home game in Kansas City.

    Robert Judin

    Kansas needs to get out and run early on to put the pressure on Purdue. It’s clear the strength of the Boilermakers is their frontcourt, so the Jayhawks will need to set the tempo early. Pick up some easy buckets in transition, penetrate and get to the line while putting Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan in foul trouble. Then sprinkle in some big threes from Josh Jackson and Devonte’ Graham.

    To counter, Purdue needs to force Frank Mason to step up as Kansas’ clutch perimeter scorer. Mason went 3-of-7 from deep in the first round, and he was 0-of-4 from three against Michigan State. Let Mason draw iron, let Swanigan and Vincent Edwards clean up the glass, and then control the clock at the other end of the floor. Rely on Swanigan and Haas to set the tone down low and hope Ryan Cline can find his stroke from three.

    The Boilermakers will be able to get it done, though. I’m going with Kansas here.

    Dave Miller

    It will be a tough task for the Boilermakers to escape the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, with a win, but the test is a bit easier with Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan, who had 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the win over Iowa State that helped the program reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years. Meanwhile, guard Frank Mason III missed each one of his four 3-point shots in the Jayhawks’ win over Michigan State on Sunday. A similar performance from downtown won’t happen against the Boilermakers. Behind an inspired effort from Mason, another strong effort by Josh Jackson—who has connected on at least 56 percent of his shots in each of the last four games—and a rabid crowd, Rock Chalk Jayhawk advances to the Elite Eight.

    Kurt Schwerman

    I think Purdue has a legitimate chance to keep this game close the whole way. Caleb Swanigan will be crucial for the Boilermakers though, who will need him to be a big factor down low and stay out of foul trouble. If Purdue can keep it close into the final minutes of the game, things will get very interesting. Kansas is one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the nation, while Purdue ranks in the top 30.

    If it comes down to a free throw contest (like so many of these tournament games do), Purdue can pull off the upset. But, I’m still picking Kansas in this one based on the fact that they have as much talent in their top six players as anyone, and they were arguably the most impressive team in the tournament through the first two rounds.

    Brian Stultz

    Got to get this off my chest: the Kansas cheerleaders continuously doing the “KKKKKKKKK-U-U! KKKKKKKKKK-U-U” chant during games is the most annoying part of college basketball, and it is not even close. It is the Tomahawk Chop of basketball. It is the worst.

    Kansas wins.

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