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4 Purdue vs. 13 Vermont

March 15, 2017 GMT

Bing Predicts winner: Purdue (57 percent)Region: MidwestLocation: Milwaukee, WisconsinOpening line: PUR -9Tipoff time: 7:27 p.m. EST (Thursday)Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan is one of the best players in the country. Swanigan notched 26 double-doubles this season, tied for the national lead, and made 43.1 percent of his 72 three-point attempts. The Boilermakers rank in the top 20 in offensive and defensive rating, making them one of the most balanced teams in the field.Upset-minded teams like Vermont generally need to rely on three-point shooting, but the Catamounts get most of their offense from inside the arc. Swanigan and junior Vince Edwards should be able to limit Vermont’s points in the paint, and the Boilermakers will move on to the second round.