NCAA Tournament 2018: Purdue-Texas Tech time, TV channel, watch online for Sweet 16 (3/23/2018)

Purdue plays Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 on Friday, March 23. Find the game time, TV channel, online stream and a preview below.

The No. 2-seed Boilermakers got here by beating Cal State Fullerton and Butler in the first two rounds. The No. 3-seed Red Raiders advanced with wins over Stephen F. Austin and Florida.

NCAA Tournament 2018: Purdue-Texas Tech game info, date, time for Sweet 16

Date: Friday, March 23
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Ma.
Time: 9:57 p.m. ET

NCAA Tournament 2018: Purdue-Texas Tech TV channel

Purdue vs. Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be televised on CBS.

How to watch Purdue-Texas Tech’s NCAA Tournament game online 

Purdue vs. Texas Tech in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will be streaming online at NCAA.com.

Purdue-Texas Tech 2018 NCAA Tournament preview

This is likely Purdue’s second game without Isaac Haas.

The Boilermakers are likely to be without their starting 7-foot-2 center for the second straight game, though that’s not a certainty. Haas couldn’t play in Purdue’s second-round win over Butler because the NCAA ruled he wasn’t allowed to use the brace the team had fashioned for his broken elbow. Purdue now has engineering students on the case, and they built this:

Purdue coach Matt Painter does not seem optimistic about Haas’ chances to play, though.

“I don’t see him playing,” Painter told reporters about Haas on Thursday.

“I would think he’s done [for the season]. To me, it’s the eye test. It’s going out and watching him,” Painter said at a Thursday press conference. “He can go practice today if he wants, and I can evaluate him. But if he doesn’t practice, nothing changes, right? No matter what like I say or you say or he says especially, he fractured his elbow. You know what I mean? So if you fractured your elbow and you can’t shoot a free throw, I don’t know how it changes in two days.”

Matt Haarms filled in admirably for Haas against Butler. This time around he’ll face off against 6-foot-9 Norense Odiase, 6-foot-11 Tommy Hamilton and 6-foot-8 Zach Smith of Texas Tech. Hamilton is the only player who can come close to matching Haarms’ height, but he and Odiase both match Haarms’ weight. That should make for some competition down low.

Purdue vs. Texas Tech’s matchup to watch comes with the Boilermakers on offense and the Red Raiders on D.

Texas Tech’s defense is for real. Coach Chris Beard has the Red Raiders playing as one of the toughest defensive units in the country. KenPom’s numbers grade them as the No. 4 defense in the country compared to their 48th ranking on offense.

Purdue’s offense ranks second in the country on KenPom, though that’s obviously only including one game without Haas. Still, it’s certainly possible the Boilermakers adapt without their big man and change their offense around. Purdue’s inside-out approach with Haas, which often involved the large center posting up with four 3-point shooters around him. The Boilers shot 46 percent on threes against Butler while Haarms scored 7 points inside.

It’ll likely be a bit rougher for Purdue’s offense this time around without Haas, but only time will tell what that will mean.

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