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Purdue men’s basketball team picked up a graduate transfer over the weekend as Southern Illinois guard Lance Jones committed to the Boilermakers.

Jayla Everett’s off-balance floater with .3 of a second remaining lifted St. John’s to a thrilling 66-64 victory against Purdue on Thursday in a First Four game for the women’s NCAA Tournament at Value City Arena.

Fairleigh Dickinson head coach Tobin Anderson starred in a viral video that expressed his belief the underdog Knights can upset top-seeded Purdue on Friday night. Now he and his team hope to match his words with their actions.

Former Northwestern High School greats Kendall Bostic and Madison Layden are set for NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament games this week after they helped their teams break tourney droughts and get back to the national tourney.

Purdue center Zach Edey is the presumptive National Player of the Year and his excellence has thrust him into a leadership role with the Boilermakers. He's getting rave reviews in that department from his Purdue teammates.

Purdue's Zach Edey and Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis have given the Big Ten Conference a third straight year with multiple first-team Associated Press All-America picks, while Kansas had a second straight first-teamer in Jalen Wilson.

The top overall seed, Alabama, has been on a roll despite being entangled in a murder case. Another No. 1 seed, defending national champion Kansas, is coming off a blowout loss and has a coach coming out of the hospital. Yet another, Houston, just watched its best player go down in a heap with a scary injury.

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Purdue’s women’s basketball team grabbed the lead midway through the first quarter and kept it the rest of the way in upsetting No. 22-ranked Illinois 62-52 in a Big Ten game Thursday night.

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