Purdue NCAA Tournament Preview Boilermakers are the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region

Fourth-seeded Purdue opens play Thursday night in Milwaukee against 13th-seeded Vermont. The Boilermakers and Catamounts will tip at 7:27 p.m. ET, in a game televised by TruTV.

• Purdue’s 29 appearances are the 22nd most in NCAA Tournament history and Purdue’s 35 wins and 63 games are the 28th most.

Purdue will play in Wisconsin for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1969.

• Purdue returns to Wisconsin for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since its first tournament appearance in 1969. The Boilermakers won two games behind Rick Mount to advance to the 1969 Final Four.

• Purdue is 19-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament first-round games. Since the 1994 season, Purdue is 14-2 in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

• Since the start of February, the four teams in this “pod” are a combined 39-6.

• Purdue’s nine NCAA Tournament apperances over the last 11 years (since 2006-07) are the 10th most in the country (Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Wisconsin - 11; Louisville, North Carolina, Villanova, Xavier - 10).

• Purdue is 1-of-4 Big Ten teams to make each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Maryland).

Purdue ranks in the nation’s top 30 in eight statistical categories. The Boilermakers are fourth in assists (18.1), seventh in 3-point percentage (.406), 12th in scoring margin (+13.0), 15th in personal fouls (15.8), 18th in rebound margin (+6.8), 20th in free throw percentage (.764), 21st in assist / turnover ratio (1.38) and 27th in field goal percentage (.480).

• Purdue finished the year ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the 38th consecutive week of being ranked. The streak is the seventh-longest active streak in America.

• The 38-week streak of being ranked is the second-longest streak in Purdue history.

• Purdue is 1-of-7 teams nationally to be ranked in every poll since the start of last year (Kansas, Arizona, Villanova, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Purdue).

Since the start of last year, Purdue has recorded 51 wins against Division I opposition, the 14th-most victories nationally in that span.

• Purdue head coach Matt Painter is the only active Big Ten coach to have won at home and on the road against every current member of the Big Ten Conference.

• Purdue has won 25 games for just the 13th time in school history (119 years), including five times in Matt Painter’s 12 seasons at Purdue.

• Since the start of last year, Purdue is 1-of-3 schools to have not lost a game by 15 or more points (Purdue, Gonzaga, Iowa State).
• Purdue has shown it not only has a lethal inside attack, but is equally as lethal from the perimeter. The Boilermakers led the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.406) and is second in 3-pointers made per game (9.0).


The most impressive feat that Swanigan has accomplished is that he is a second-team Academic All-American, boasting a 3.30 GPA in educational studies.

• A bona fide All-America and National Player of the Year candidate, Caleb “Biggie” Swanigan is having a season to remember so far.

• Swanigan was named Purdue’s fourth Big Ten Player of the Year as well as the AP Big Ten Player of the Year.

• In league games only, Swanigan led the Big Ten in both points (18.9) and rebounds (12.6), becoming the eighth Big Ten player to do so.

• Swanigan won six Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the second most in a season in league history.

• Swanigan has tallied 26 double-doubles in 32 games this year, ranking first nationally in that category. He owns 34 career double-doubles in 66 career games and Purdue is 29-5 when he records a double-double.

• Swanigan’s 26 double-doubles equal the most for a Big Ten player in conference history.

  • Caleb Swanigan (Purdue, 2016-17) -- 26
  • Brad Sellers (Ohio State; 1985-86) -- 26
  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State; 1961-62) -- 26
  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State; 1960-61) -- 26
  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State; 1959-60) -- 26

• Swanigan’s 403 rebounds this year are the seventh most by a player in Big Ten history. Just four players have had more in a season.

  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State; 1961-62) -- 499
  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State: 1960-61) -- 470
  • Jerry Lucas (Ohio State; 1959-60) -- 442
  • Walt Bellamy (Indiana; 1960-61) -- 428
  • Reggie Evans (Iowa; 2000-01) -- 416
  • Brad Sellers (Ohio State; 1985-86) -- 416
  • Caleb Swanigan (Purdue; 2016-17) -- 403

• Swanigan has led the team in rebounding in every game this year but one (Michigan) and ranks second in the country in rebounds per game (12.6). Swanigan has grabbed 33.2 percent of Purdue’s rebounds.

• Swanigan grabbed 227 rebounds in Big Ten play this year, equaling the most for a Big Ten player since Jerry Lucas had 253 in 1962. Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich also had 227 in 1969-70.

• Swanigan is on pace (based on 35 games) to have 648 points, 440 rebounds and 100 assists. He would become the fourth player nationally, and the second major-college player, since 1992-93 to have a 600-400-90 season. The other? Wake Forest legend Tim Duncan.

• Of note, at his current averages of at least 18.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists, there is just one player since 1992-93 to average that in a single season -- the great Tim Duncan of Wake Forest.

• Swanigan has two different streaks of eight or more consecutive double-doubles this year. He became the first Purdue player in over 50 years to have at least eight straight double-doubles.

• Swanigan has three 25-15 games for his career, but all have come in the 2016-17 season. It’s the most career 25-15 games for a Big Ten player in the last 25 years. Swanigan’s have come THIS YEAR!

• He opened the season with a 23-point, 20-rebound, six-assist effort against McNeese State. He is 1-of-2 players in America to record 20 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in a game this year and joined a pair No. 1 NBA Draft picks as major-college players to record 20-20-5 in a game in the last 10 years.

• Swanigan’s four 20-20 games are double than ALL Big Ten players combined over the last 20 years.

• There have been 18, 20-20 games nationally this year -- four of them by Swanigan. Missouri State’s Alize Johnson is the only other player with more than one.

• He also became the sixth college player in the last 20 years with multiple 20-20 games, joining an elite list. Swanigan and Griffin are the only major-college players on the list. His four 20-20 games are the second most by a player in the last 20 years.

• Vincent Edwards needs seven assists to become the second player in school history with 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.

  • Vincent Edwards (2015-p) -- 1,077 pts, 501 rebs, 293 asts
  • E'Twaun Moore (2008-11) -- 2,136 pts, 611 rebs, 400 asts


Third-team All-Big Ten

One of the most versatile players in the country, Vincent Edwards is the only junior (or younger) in America to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 290 assists and 100 made 3-pointers.

Became the 50th player in school history with 1,000 points, scoring his 1,000th point vs. Michigan State on Feb. 18.

Purdue is 40-11 during his career when he scores 10 or more points, but just 31-18 when he doesn't.

In eight postseason games, Edwards is averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In two NCAA Tournament games, Edwards averages 19.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.


Honorable mention All-Big Ten

Became the 51st player in school history with 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Quarterfinals.

Averages 25.8 points / 40 minutes this season.

Ranks sixth nationally in fouls drawn / 40 minutes (8.0).

Has fouled out once in his career (101 career games).

Has six games (and 13 career) where he averages at least 1.00 point per minute played.

Ranks sixth on the Purdue list for career field goal percentage (.576).

Has 52 double-figure scoring games during his career (39-13).

Dakota Mathias' 66 3-pointers made are the most for a Purdue player since 2011 and rank 15th on the single-season list.

  • 12th -- E'Twaun Moore (2011) -- 70
  • 12th -- Chad Austin (1997) -- 70
  • 14th -- Chad Austin (1998) -- 67
  • 15th -- Dakota Mathias (2017) -- 66


Member of the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team and honorable mention All-Big Ten.

One of the top defensive players in the Big Ten, Mathias has shut down prolific scorers such as Donovan Mitchell, Steve Vasturia, Peter Jok, Malcolm Hill, James Blackmon Jr., and Vic Law.

Mathias leads the team in assists (114) and ranks in the top 50 nationally in assist / turnover ratio (2.38). Mathias dished out 10 assists against Minnesota.

Leads the team in plus / minus when he is on the floor (+399).

Purdue is 15-2 this year when he scores 10-plus points in a game.

Carsen Edwards has had an outstanding freshman season, ranking ninth on the Purdue freshman all-time scoring list.

  1. 540 -- Russell Cross (1981)
  2. 437 -- E'Twaun Moore (2008)
  3. 394 -- Walter Jordan (1975)
  4. 376 -- Robbie Hummel (2008)
  5. 373 -- Kyle Macy (1976)
  6. 359 -- A.J. Hammons (2013)
  7. 350 -- Ronnie Johnson (2013)
  8. 348 -- Caleb Swanigan (2016)
  9. 333 -- Carsen Edwards (2017)

Edwards is 1-of- 4 freshmen in Purdue history with 330 points, 60 assists and 30 steals in the same season.

  • Carsen Edwards (2017); 333 pts, 60 asts, 34 stls
  • Ronnie Johnson (2013); 350 pts, 139 asts, 33 stls
  • E'Twaun Moore (2008); 437 pts, 88 asts, 32 stls
  • Robbie Hummel (2008); 376 pts, 84 asts, 43 stls


Edwards ranks in the top 10 of seven categories in the Purdue freshman record book (Points -- 9th; Scoring Average -- 8th; Field Goals -- 10th; Field Goal Attempts -- 5th; 3-Pointers Made -- 4th; 3-Point Attempts -- 4th; Steals -- 5th)

Purdue is 13-3 when he scores in double-figures (Nebraska, Michigan twice). Edwards averaged 17.5 points in 26.0 minutes per game vs. the Wolverines in two games.

Scored Purdue's first eight points, en route to a 19-point outburst in his first career Big Ten game, coming against Iowa on Dec. 28.

Helped secure one of Purdue's biggest wins of the season with two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in a 73-72 win over Maryland.

Starting all 32 games, Thompson has just 46 turnovers in 1,700 minutes since the start of last year, coming in 67 games.


Ranks second nationally in assist / turnover ratio at 4.22, behind Iowa State standout Monte Morris.

School-record holder in both career assist / turnover ratio (3.43) and season assist / turnover ratio (4.22).

Since the start of last year, Purdue is 30-7 when he commits zero turnovers in a game.

Is 43-of-107 (.417) from 3-point range in his last 28 games.

Has hit two halfcourt (and further) buzzer-beaters this year (Villanova, Michigan).

Purdue is 7-1 this year when he leads the team in assists.

Ranking 10th on the Purdue career 3-point percentage list, Ryan Cline shoots 40.0 percent for his career and 41.6 percent for the season from long distance.


Has hit some monster 3-pointers this year. The one above against Notre Dame gave Purdue a 59-57 lead midway through the second half. The shot helped lift Purdue to a 17-point comeback against the Irish and give the Boilermakers their first Crossroads Classic victory.

Also hit back-to-back 3-pointers against Maryland after Purdue had fallen behind by 12 points in the second half to help start Purdue's rally.

Lastly, hit two trifectas in the last 1:30 of overtime against Penn State to lift Purdue to a 74-70 win.

Owns a career 3.18 (89 / 28) assist / turnover ratio.

Has made at least two 3-pointers in 22 career games (17-5 record).

Has hit 42 3-pointers in each of his first two years at Purdue.

Purdue is 5-1 when he scores 10 or more points during his career.


Has played his best basketball late in the season, having zero turnovers in his last five games (63 minutes).

1-of-9 active players to have played in at least 140 career games.

In his last 6 games, has made 3-of-5 from long distance.

Owns a 3.67 assist / turnover ratio (33 / 9) on the season, and a 3.27 ratio for his career.

Is the only active player on Purdue's roster to have won an NCAA Tournament game, being a member of the 2013 All-Final Four team.

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