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Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) pulls up for a shot during a day of practices and press conferences prior to Thursday's game at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

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Star players illustrate contrasting styles in KU-Purdue, Sweet 16 showdown

With their seasons on the line, both top-seeded Kansas and fourth-seeded Purdue will ride national player of the year candidates Frank Mason III and Caleb Swanigan into a Sweet 16 clash Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo. By Matt Tait

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Kansas set to face Caleb 'Biggie' Swanigan — or Mr. Double-Double

When Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan steps onto a basketball court his individual production has become a foregone conclusion. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Big Ten Player of the Year goes by his lifelong alias of “Biggie,” but one could accurately also call him Mr. Double-Double. His surname or nickname could be heard on a near-constant loop inside locker rooms at Sprint Center Wednesday, as he, his teammates and Purdue’s upcoming opponents, the Kansas Jayhawks, spoke at length about their Sweet 16 showdown. By Benton Smith

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