Purdue's destruction of Villanova last night led to some important milestones and historical comparisons. Here are a few that stood out:
1) Carsen Edwards' 42-point performance is the second-most in Purdue NCAA Tournament history, trailing only Glenn Robinson's 44 against Kansas in 1994. That's also the second most in Big Ten history. It's the most individual points scored in a tourney game since Syracuse's Gerry McNamara scored 43 in 2004.
2) Speaking of Edwards, he joins Purdue legends Big Dog, Rick Mount, and Joe Barry Carroll as the only Boilermaker to score 30+ points in multiple NCAA Tournament games.
3) It was the first time in nearly thirty years that the Boilermakers defeated the defending National Champion - it hadn't happened since they swept Michigan in the 1989-90 season.
4) The 26-point margin of defeat wasn't quite the record, but it was close. A defending champion has rarely gotten beaten down that badly.
5) This is only the second time in Purdue history that they've been to three-straight Sweet 16s. The last run was 1998-00 under Gene Keady.