Seeding held in the first game at the Rose Garden today as No. 5 Purdue held off No. 12 Northern Iowa, 61-56.
That means the Boilermakers will meet the winner of the Washington-Mississippi State game coming up next. (Around 2 p.m., Channel 7.)
I was able to a bit of the game, and Purdue really impressed me early when they got a quick 10-point lead and looked like they were going to blow out the Panthers. However, they never really put UNI away. (And to their credit, the Panthers' play was exactly what makes this one of the great days in sports.)
Their most impressive player was 6-10 center JaJuan Johnson, who is athletic and long and then. He had the hops for dunks and blocks, runs the floor, and was able to step outside for a medium-range jumper.
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I also liked the look of senior forward Chris Reid, who also jumps and was active defensively.
The leading Purdue scorer was sophomore guard E'Twaun Moore, who had 17 points, including the final two free throws that sealed it.
Junior guard Chris Kramer his a couple of clutch free throws in the final seconds.
Purdue now stands at 26-9, went 11-7 in the Big Ten, and got here by winning the Big Ten tournament.