Zach Edey stats today: Purdue star lights up Tennessee with career-high points, free throw attempts

Zach Edey is the backbone of Purdue’s basketball program.

Since his arrival in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2020, the star forward has set the program record for points, has twice been an All-American and won the Wooden Award and Naismith Award in 2023.

With Purdue battling Tennessee on Sunday with a spot in the Final Four on the line, Edey again put the team on his back. The 7-4 forward scored more than half his team’s points and led all players in rebound as the Boilermakers outlasted the Volunteers 72-66 to punch their ticket to the Final Four for only the third time in program history.

Edey didn’t stop putting his impressive size to use when the final whistle blew. He showed he didn’t need a ladder to take his cut at the net claiming the Midwest Region title.

How did Edey perform to help power the Boilermakers to an Elite Eight win? Here’s what you need to know.

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Zach Edey stats today


Edey finished with a career-high 40 points in Sunday’s win. He had never before reached the 40-point plateau in an NCAA game.

The Purdue star went 13-of-21 from the field. He did not attempt a 3. He was particularly dominant down the stretch, as he scored 21 points in the second half.

The 40-point performance led all players. Edey beat out Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht by three points after the guard scored 37 on 14-of-31 shooting with six made 3-pointers.

Though Edey’s point total was impressive, it still comes up well shy of the record for an NCAA Tournament game. That record belongs to Notre Dame’s Austin Carr, who scored 61 in 1970. That would appear to be a nearly untouchable record.

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Few can protect the paint effectively against Edey, who averaged 12.1 rebounds per game during the regular season. He caused plenty of problems for Tennessee, finishing the game with 16 total rebounds (11 on defense). That was the most of any player and just 10 shy of Tennessee’s total of 26.

The Volunteers had just six offensive rebounds all game due in large part to Edey’s presence in the paint.

Personal fouls

That Edey can be so active in the paint and remain so clean by the end of the game is often a point of contention. It undoubtedly will be again as he finished the game with only one personal foul.

Beyond avoiding fouls, Edey also drew more than his fair share of fouls from opponents. He was counted as having drawn 16 fouls during Sunday’s game, which helped him significantly in the next category.

Free throws

Edey spent a lot of time at the charity stripe. He finished the game attempting 22 free throws, sinking 14. Sixteen of his attempts (and nine of his makes) came in the second half. During the regular season, he averaged 11.2 free throw attempts per game and 8 makes per game.

The 22 free throw attempts marked a career-high for Edey, whose previous best was 20 set during games against Northwestern and Michigan State during the 2023-24 season.

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Big men don’t often spend as much time on the court as guards, needing more time to rest. Edey is an exception. He averages 31.4 minutes per game and on Sunday, he set a personal best in minutes for a game that didn’t go to overtime.

Edey played in 39 minutes, specifically 39 minutes and 27 seconds, having sat for only 33 seconds during the game. He played the entire second half. He has twice exceeded 38 minutes in a game prior to Sunday: 42 minutes against Northwestern on Jan. 31, 2024, and 43 minutes against Nebraska on Dec. 10, 2022. Both games went to overtime.

NCAA free throws record

Single NCAA Tournament game

Edey’s 22 free throw attempts moved him into the top 10 but did not quite reach teh record. Navy’s David Robinson and Texas’ Travis Mays share the record with 27 free throw attempts, set on March 16, 1986, and March 16, 1990, respectively. Edey’s attempts ties him for fifth.

Edey’s 14 made free throws keep him outside the top 10, with the record being shared by Mays and Bradley’s Bob Carney set on March 16, 1990, and March 12, 1954, respectively, at 23.

Single season

Edey is getting closer to the NCAA single-season free throw record. Edey now has 424 free throw attempts in the 2023-24 season. That ranks fifth all-time, trailing Furman’s Frank Selvy at 444 (1953-54), LSU’s Pete Maravich at 436 (1969-70), Seattle’s Johnny O’Brien at 430 (1952-53) and Seton Hall’s Walter Dukes at 425 (1952-53).

Since NCAA seeding began in 1979, Edey has the record running away. The next-closest player is North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough, who had 377 in 2007-08.


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