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March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Purdue’s Sweet 16 win over Tennessee

March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Purdue's Sweet 16 win over Tennessee

Aaron Wheeler / Photo Credit: Jimmy Lafakis

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.”

March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Purdue's Sweet 16 win over Tennessee

Ryan Cline / Photo Credit Jimmy Lafakis

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. “

March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Purdue's Sweet 16 win over Tennessee

Carsen Edwards / Photo Credit: Jimmy Lafakis

3.  The Crowd was Electric:  Check the YouTube above to see the energy in the crowd.  Awesome atmosphere.   Final Box Score.

March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Purdue's Sweet 16 win over Tennessee

Official Box Score Sweet 16 South Region Semi-Final Purdue vs Tennessee March 28, 2019

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