WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue fans are reacting Friday to the Boilermakers’ loss late Thursday night against Kansas in the Sweet 16.
“I knew it was going to be a tough matchup, so I was a little nervous,” said Purdue fan Nathan Cain.
After making it to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament, some fans thought this might be the year Purdue goes all the way.
“First half, I was pretty happy,” added Cain. “I thought we were holding our own. I was feeling optimistic.
Purdue led Kansas late in the first half, but in the second half things took a turn for the Boilermakers.
“In the second half, it just really started to fall apart,” Cain said.
Purdue fell to the No. 1-seed Kansas, 98-66.
“Pretty down,” said Purdue fan Michaela Lewis. “Life goes on, but I wish we could have gotten to the Elite Eight.”
But the loss comes in the Sweet 16, which is the farthest the Boilermakers have been since 2010.
“This is the best that we’ve done in a while,” Lewis added. “I’m really excited about how Purdue is showing up in the Big Ten and to other schools.”
“I kind of expected to be out before now, but we made it this far so I’m pretty happy about that,” said Purdue fan Alexander Roberts.
While disappointed to see the season come to an end, fans said they’re looking forward to next year.
“To do as well as they did or to even go further next time, would be amazing,” said Lewis.
Cain added, “I thought we had a great season. Looking to build on it next year. I think we’re going to have another great run in the tourney next year.”
Thursday night’s win advances the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight. Kansas will take on Oregon in the Regional Finals Saturday evening in Kansas City.