The Tar Heels broke out of the gate early, building a double-digit lead and really weren’t threatened after halftime, although Butler did get within 10 at one point.
Head coach Jon Coffman talked to WANE-TV about the match up following Friday’s practice at the Gates Center.
Swanigan led the Boilermakers to a 27-8 overall record, a berth in the Sweet 16 and Purdue’s 23rd Big Ten championship.
Caleb Swanigan still had 18 points and seven boards for the No. 4 seed Boilermakers (27-8), but the 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-America candidate had to work for all of it.
students have been working on official NCAA Twitter accounts like @marchmadness, @ncaawbb and @FinalFour, curating and filtering content, responding to fans and operating social media tools for the NCAA and its broadcast partners.
The Fort Wayne Mastodons will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas to play the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Sunday (March 26) in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Quarterfinals. Tip is set for 3 p.m. ET.
Lauren Watson led the Mastodons going 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and a double.
Swanigan, a 6-foot, 9-inch forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is joined on the first team by Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Iowa’s Peter Jok and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges.
The Concordia High School graduate ran the nation’s top time in the 400-meter hurdles.
Huntington University split its home-opening series on Tuesday at Forest Glen Park, defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene 6-0 in game one before falling 7-5 in the nightcap.
Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish.
Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue.
Purdue game to air late Thursday night on Newschannel 15, Butler will be the early game on Friday.
Brandi Dawson earned Third Team honors to claim the first All-America honor of her career and cap off a stellar campaign.
Butler played smothering defense on Middle Tennessee’s versatile scorers in a 74-65 victory Saturday night to advance to the regional semifinals.
Caleb Swanigan had 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Purdue reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years with a wild 80-76 victory
Frank Beamer spent more than four decades on the sidelines and he joined Jason Baker at the coach’s clinic Saturday afternoon at Wayne High School.
Fort Wayne will now skip the second round (March 18-20) and advance to the quarterfinals (March 24-26).
Vincent Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Purdue held off Vermont 80-70 on Thursday night for its first victory in the NCAA Tournament in five years.
Avery Woodson scored 18 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers in his NCAA Tournament debut to lead Butler to a 76-64 win over Winthrop on Thursday.