Purdue is playing up its "underdog" role.
Players keep hearing how the Saints will pull the 13 seed-4 seed upset, and all that's doing is fueling their fire.
"All these guys realize if we don't win, we're back in West Lafayette the next day," JaJuan Johnson said. "I don't think (focus) should be a problem just because of our showing against Minnesota, and it's a tournament game."
- E'Twaun Moore declared his ankle "fine." He twisted it against Minnesota last week but said he has practiced all of this week. "I'll be 100 percent (Friday)," Moore said.
- Most of the questions for Moore, Johnson and Chris Kramer, who attended the news conference, and coach Matt Painter were about Robbie Hummel. Not surprising, considering many of the reporters who don't cover the team full-time want answers. It was the same stuff: That the team has had to make adjustments, that Hummel is more than points and rebounds, that they can't worry about it because it's a reality he's not here.
- Kramer actually was asked if Siena's Edwin Ubiles reminds him of Ohio State's Evan Turner. Apparently, the reporter who asked haven't seen much of Turner. But Kramer was kind in his response, saying it would be a tough comparison to make because Turner "dominates the ball for his team."