Purdue Oust Defending Champ Villanova
Up until Saturday, many felt that Villanova were the perfect tournament team. And why wouldn’t they be viewed as such? The defending champions came into their NCAA Tournament Second Round meeting with Purdue as a #6 seed, three seeds below the Boilermakers, but still had the know-how of having won it last year and two out of the last three times under coach Jay Wright. But that didn’t help them one bit against Purdue, who ran out huge 87-61 win.
The loss they gave the Wildcats is the largest they have ever suffered in the tournament and is also the second biggest loss a defending champion has ever had. Carsen Edwards was the standout star, by far on the day, scoring an astonishing 42 points, with 27 of them coming via the three-pointer. That was the most anyone had scored since 2004 when Gerry McNamara. That kind of performance got close to outscoring Villanova on its own, so it’s easy to see how it propelled them to the comfortable win.