The Huskies and Purdue will play the first Saturday game in Portland, which will tip at 2:40 p.m.
Here's a quick look at the Boilermakers:
School location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Conference: Big Ten
Coach: Matt Painter (107-54 in fifth season).
How the Boilermakers got here: Purdue went 11-7 in the Big Ten regular season and then won an automatic NCAA tournament bid by winning their first Big Ten tournament with wins over Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State. They advanced to the NCAA second round with a 61-56 win over Northern Iowa on Thursday at the Rose Garden. (Here's a report from their local paper.)
Outlook: Washington coach Lorenzo Romar descibed the Boilermakers as a fundamentally sound team that will not beat themselves. Some Huskies compared them to Washington State. They rank 11th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to a .389 shooting average. They allow an average of 59.1 points per game, 13th nationally. … In winning the Big Ten tournament, Purdue hit a tournament-record 27 3-pointers. They also set a tournament record with 44 rebounds in the championship game. … Painter is one of 10 finalists for the Henry Iba coach of the year award. … Sophomore forward Robbie Hummel was named most outstanding player in last week's Big Ten tournament. He was named to the 2007-08 All-Big Ten first team. … Forward JaJuan Johnson was named to this season's All-Big Ten Conference first team and to the all-tournament team. He led his leage in blocked shots, averaging 2.28 blocks during the regular season. … Guard Chris Kramer was named 2007-08 Big Ten defensive player of the year. … Guard Lewis Jackson was named to the conference all-freshman team and he was the conference freshman assists leader. … Guard E'Twaun Moore was named to the conference tournament team and has been named to the all-conference second team in back-to-back seasons. … This is Purdue's 23rd trip to the NCAA tournament with a total of 30 wins and 22 losses. The Boilermakers are 3-1 all-time against Washington and 28-27 all-time against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference.