Dallas Colleges: Robbie Hummel

Are Baylor, Purdue headed for rematch?

March, 26, 2010
HOUSTON -- Remember who beat Baylor in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament, the Bears' first entry in 20 years?

Yep, the Purdue Boilermakers, 90-79.

They'll meet again on Sunday with the South Region title and a berth in the Final Four on the line if No. 3 Baylor gets past No. 10 Saint Mary's and No. 4 Purdue upsets No. 1 Duke tonight at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

While both rosters have changed, many of this season's key players for both teams played in the 2008 game, including Tweety Carter, LaceDarius Dunn and Josh Lomers for the Bears.

Injured Purdue star Robbie Hummel didn't play a major role in that game, scoring nine points in 17 minutes. But, Chris Kramer, the hero in last week's second-round win over Texas A&M, E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson combined for 36 points.

The Boilermakers blew the 2008 game open in the first half on 50 percent shooting while knocking six 3-pointers to lead 46-27 at halftime.

Battle of the Brazos III still on course

March, 19, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- The No. 5-seed Texas A&M Aggies looked strong Friday in their NCAA tournament-opening win over Utah State in Spokane, Wash.

The Aggies to widespread production starting with impressive freshman Khris Middleton, who scored a team-high 19 points and make 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line.

And so after Round 1, the anticipated Battle of the Brazos in the Bayou City remains a possibility. A&M and the No. 3-seed Baylor Bears both passed their first tests and are each one victory away from a Sweet 16 spot at Houston's Reliant Stadium, and two wins away from a monumental showdown to move on to the Final Four.

A&M and Baylor split the season series with each winning on their home floor.

The Bears are up next with a second-round matchup Saturday agianst No. 11 Old Dominion at 4:50 p.m. The Aggies will practice on Saturday in preparation for No. 4-seed Purdue, which plays on after a win over No. 13 Siena despite missing star Robbie Hummel.

The Bears are favored to make the program's first Sweet 16 and without Hummel, the versatile Aggies will be a tough out as they seek a second Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons.