Andre’ Chapman | Analyzed Sports
The Boilermakers made the most of their third straight Sweet 16 appearance, as they defeated the two-seed Tennessee Volunteers in an overtime thriller 99 -94 at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky Thursday night.
This is Purdue’s first Elite 8 appearance since 2000 and only its fifth appearance in school history. The three-seed Boilermakers are one win away from punching the schools third Final Four since 1980.
With the win the Boilermakers will face one seed Virginia on Saturday night tip time 8:49 pm EST, with a shot to advance to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2019 Final Four.
Carsen Edwards led all scorers with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 45 minutes. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield had 21 each in defeat for the Volunteers.
Here are the three takeaways from Purdue’s win:
1. Ryan Cline was a man possessed: The 6’6 senior from Carmel, Indiana did not want his season to end tonight as the third player in school history with over 100 trifectas shot 70% from behind the arch 7 of 10 timely threes. Overall is was 10-13 from the field to finish the game with 27 points.
“There were times in the second half I was coming off and I knew I was going to shoot it. stated Cline after the game, So my teammates did a really good job of getting me open and giving me and opportunity.”
2. Carsen Edwards hit some clutch free-throws: Not only did the 6’1 junior finish with a game high 29 points, Edwards also hit 2/3 clutch free-throws with 1 second remaining to send the game into overtime after being fouled on a three point attempt. Carsen missed the first free-throw. With the Tennessee fans going crazy, Edwards calmly stepped up to the charity stripe to knock down the next two. That was all mental toughness in a pressure packed situation.
Carsen was asked about his pressure at the line: “And then when I got to the free throw line, I was struggling all game. Being able to hit the last two, just a blessing. “
3. The Crowd was Electric: Check the YouTube above to see the energy in the crowd. Awesome atmosphere. Final Box Score.