Niele Ivey set to watch son Jaden play in person at Sweet 16
Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey wasn’t going to miss a chance to see her son Jaden play in his first Sweet 16, Ivey will head down to Philadelphia from Connecticut after her team practices Friday afternoon to watch Purdue face Saint Peter’s in the men’s regional semifinal that night.
North Texas comes up big with 78-69 upset over Purdue
For an underdog named Javion Hamlet and his group of scrapping North Texas teammates, that was an easy question. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity my whole life, just to show the world who Javion Hamlet is,” he said. North Texas’ pesky defense held them to 36% from the field. “You never know what happens when you get out there and scrap,” North Texas coach Grant McCasland said. North Texas moves on to play Friday night’s winner between Winthrop and Villanova.
Edey, No. 23 Purdue beat Indiana for 9th straight time
Purdue has won nine straight in the series, matching the second-longest streak in school history. The Boilermakers also won nine straight from 1929-35 when future coach John Wooden was playing, plus they won 12 straight from 1908-14. It quickly cut a 29-20 deficit to 35-31 early in the second half before the Boilermakers answered with eight straight points. Starting guard Armaan Franklin missed his fourth straight game (right foot). The Boilermakers won despite going 6 of 21 on 3s and having 15 turnovers.
No. 7 Michigan uses strong defense to rout Purdue 70-53
7 Michigan relied on a staunch defense to beat Purdue 70-53 on Friday night. Purdue made its first two 3s in the second half and cut the deficit to 42-32 with 14:58 to play. But the Wolverines answered with six straight points. Purdue: While the Boilermakers had been the Big Ten's hottest team, they sputtered without Stefanovic on the perimeter. ... Livers has had six straight games in double figures.