The Good Guys escaped a determined Iowa State team to advance to the Sweet 16, joining Michigan and Wisconsin as second-round winners. It's the ninth straight year the conference has sent two or more teams to the regionals; will it be the fourth time in five years the Big Tenteen is represented in the regional finals?
Purdue expelled three football players in the wake of sexual assault allegations last fall. No criminal charges were filed but within about five months of the date of the alleged incident, Purdue has cut ties with the student-athletes in question.
Four of six favored Big Tenteen teams advanced to the NCAA 2nd round, joined by 9-seed Michigan State; the Good Guys are the one favored team in the quintet that kicks off play at 2:40 Saturday when Wisconsin plays defending champion Villanova.
Despite midseason predictions to the contrary, the Big Tenteen sent a normal-sized group of teams to the Big Dance. Here's our guide for whom to watch (when the Good Guys aren't on, of course), when and why.
Gold and Black Illustrated's Brian Neubert joins Michael and Aneesh to talk about Caleb Swanigan's improvement (1:00), Biggie's improved relationship with the team (9:30), Carsen Edwards coming off the bench (12:00) and him being on the same page with the coaching staff (17:45), comparing Carsen with previous point guard situations at Purdue and addressing rumors about his unhappiness (19:45), areas where Coach Matt Painter has grown over the years (28:30), whether a new coach at IU will impact the recruiting dynamic (32:30), Dakota Mathias' consistency (37:00), Vince(nt) Edwards' lack of consistency and changed role when Swanigan leaves (41:00).
Brian also gives his thoughts on the season finale at Northwestern (49:00), the profile of a bad tourney matchup for Purdue in the NCAA Tournament (51:00), and his preferred first round tournament city.