The good news is they've performed well against the Bulldogs before. They played hard. They're a good team.
Senior Vincent Edwards picked up his second foul for the Boilermakers less than five minutes into the game and sat for a significant stretch of the first half.
A 3-pointer by Edwards started a 7-0 run that put Purdue ahead 61-51.
With his team in trouble, Matt Painter made a decision to gamble and put Edwards back in with two fouls. Purdue rallied from a nine-point deficit and led 40-36 at the break. His protege Haarms should be able to pick up some of the slack, and Purdue's wings and guards are talented and battle-tested. "Him going out there and missing two free throws isn't going to help us".
The Boilermakers (30-6) led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Butler (21-14) cut the deficit to two and had the ball in the final minute.
With Edwards on the bench for the beginning of the second half, Butler immediately went back in front with a 7-2 run. So it was a surprise afterward when the Boilermakers ruled him out. By the time his flurry ended, the Boilers led 50-45 with 15:12 left.
The Boilers led by four at halftime, then extended their lead to 10 midway through the second. Both his scoring and rebounding ranked second on the team. The Bulldogs are an under-seeded No. 10 seed, making them a risky opponent before Haas went down. Haarms only attempted 3 shots against Butler and shot 5 of 8 from the line for 7 points in his career high in minutes played.
Painter was definitive in that Haas would more than likely be in uniform for the game and go through pre-game warm-ups, but the coach said that he would be more for his spirits than anything else. "I played 35 games, so I know what my role is within this team and I'm going to continue to fill that".
First off, Thompson came up big for Purdue for the second time in three days in Detroit. And it came, too, at a time when Purdue needed it most.
The victor of Sunday's game will advance to the Sweet 16 and play No. 3 seed Texas Tech or No. 6 seed Florida at TD Garden in Boston.
Figuring out how to beat Purdue hasn't been accomplished by very many opponents this season, but if there is a solution to the dilemma, it may be limiting the Boilers' 3-point shooting.
Will Butler and Purdue cash the over this afternoon when they meet in the second round of the NCAA tournament at 12:10 p.m. ET? Purdue wins its eighth straight game against teams from IN; it hasn't lost to a state school since a 77-73 loss to IU IN February 2016. They're balanced and have beaten the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats. Carsen Edwards scored 13 points, moving him past Caleb Swanigan for third all-time among Purdue sophomores with 656 points this season.
The Spartans took a school record 37 shots beyond the arc, making just eight of them.