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Butler, Purdue Begin NCAA Tourney Play On Thursday

Last updated on Monday, March 16, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Purdue Boilermakers and the Butler Bulldogs are in the field of 65 as their runs in the NCAA Tournament will begin on Thursday afternoon.

The Boilermakers are the number five seed in the west regional.

They will face the Missouri Valley Conference Champion Northern Iowa Panthers Thursday at 2:30 eastern time in Portland, Oregon.

The Bulldogs received and at-large bid and are the number-nine seed in the south regional.

They open play in Greensboro, North Carolina when they take on the LSU Tigers at 12:20 eastern time.

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