The Boilermakers rocked the Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday night in Louisville, Kentucky, in their Sweet 16 game, and the internet noticed.
Twitter users took heart in and bemoaned Purdue's success, as a constant stream of tweets mentioned everything from the Boilermakers' victory to coaches' strategies to sophomore center Matt Haarms' hair.
One common theme Twitter users discussed was Haarms' long hair, as the player is known for often adjusting it throughout games on the court.
Every time Matt Haarms strokes his hair, an angel gets his wings #Purdue— Larra Overton (@LarraOverton) March 29, 2019
Matt Haarms’ emotions are coming into play in a negative way. He’s been overreacting defensively to every play in the post. When Purdue is going well, he plays stout and holds his ground.— Adam Ruff (@AdamRuffPhoto) March 29, 2019
During the game, former Purdue player Vincent Edwards chimed in on the Twitter-sphere.
LETTTTSSSS GOOOOOO— Vincent M Edwards (@_evlewt) March 29, 2019
AAAAAAH SNOOP! 😤😤😤— Vincent M Edwards (@_evlewt) March 29, 2019
Other fans took pride in the Boilermakers' performance around halftime.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s coaching. Purdue just wants it more. Simple as that.— Chase McCabe (@ChaseOnGame) March 29, 2019
I’m sure John Wooden, distinguished liberal arts grad of #Purdue University, would love his school’s current team. It has a lot of the elements Coach valued in his teams. Greatest of all Hoosiers, by any measure.— Lyle Spencer (@LyleMSpencer) March 29, 2019
When Purdue's lead started to shrink minutes before regulation time ended, however, spectators began fretting on social media.
Purdue please just boil one more maker. Plz plz— Damian (@itsDAIMZyoo) March 29, 2019
purdue and blowing a big lead in the ncaa tourney name a more iconic duo— alex (@mullensax55) March 29, 2019
Spectators rejoiced after the game the Edwards free throw that sent the game into overtime.
🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨🚨 OT 🚨#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/s6RjUlYVrp— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019
Overtime proved to be fruitful for the Boilermakers: They won 99-94, a victory that will send them to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2000.