5:20 PM ET, March 21, 2010
Kramer takes over to lead Purdue to sixth Sweet 16 in 12 appearances
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Chris Kramer ignored his coach's final play call and demanded the ball with Purdue's season on the line.The two-time Big Ten defensive player of the year, the rugged soul of Boilermakers basketball with do-it-all leader Robbie Hummel out for the season, forgot he is just 6-foot-3. Or, he didn't care.The bull in a basketball uniform plowed past one defender 4 inches taller than him and flipped in a layup over Texas A&M big man Bryan Davis, who is 6 inches taller, with 4.2 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday. That sent the fourth-seeded Boilermakers into the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament with a 63-61 victory over the devastated Aggies.
Slipping Past Competition
Despite razor-thin advantages in the eight games since the Boilermakers lost star guard Robbie Hummel, Purdue moves on to the Sweet 16.
|With Hummel||Without Hummel|
|TO PG diff.||+4.6||+0.3|
NCAA Mens Tournament
SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 21: Nathan Walkup #45 of the Texas A&M Aggies is defended by John Hart #32 and D.J. Byrd #21...(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-65 (.354)||26-63 (.413)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-17 (.294)||6-17 (.353)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-17 (.588)||5-6 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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