No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 4 Michigan State

Posted February 11, 2018

The Buckeyes won 92-81 in Iowa City back on January 4, a game in which Iowa outplayed Ohio State in the second half.

One of the the good things about the Big Ten is sometimes you get to face a team twice a year.

Saturday, when No. 3 Purdue (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten) tips off against No. 4 Michigan State in one of the most anticipated games of the Big Ten season (4 p.m., ESPN), the Spartans will be able to count on much more than divine intervention.

Per usual the Spartans' collective toughness is a defining characteristic, especially so now that post depth has gone from fatal flaw last season to consistent luxury now.

"I knew we could do this", said forward Andre Wesson, who scored a career-best 13 points. When you look at it that way, it's a privilege for (his team) and I told them that. Ohio State's denials on the perimeter moved Purdue farther out offensively than it would have preferred.

Forget potential Big Ten championship preview. It would be the 11th seed if the tournament started today. Cost them pursuit of an historic undefeated conference season after getting two-thirds of the way there. He missed the free throw, but Ty Jerome's 28-foot attempt at the other end missed badly and the Hokies (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had a marquee victory. Iowa vs Ohio State live stream is on BTN. Bates-Diop tops in rebounds with 9.0 while Jackson leads in assists with 4.2 per game. "We didn't beat ourselves". The top-five finish marked the 11th time in 18 trips to the NCAA regatta that the Buckeyes have earned a fifth-place showing or better.

"Killed us", Purdue coach Matt Painter said of Goins' shot. The college basketball odds for the game have the Spartans favored to pick up the victory at home.

The Boilermakers had a 53-39 advantage halfway through the second half, but over the last 10 minutes of the game, they committed four turnovers to Ohio State's zero and were out-scored, 25-10. 1 Duke back on November 14 at the Champions Classic, and against then-No.

For Purdue to do to Michigan State what the Buckeyes did to it, the Boilermakers must correct the two main underlying causes of Wednesday's loss.

"Those were two points", Izzo said of Haas' field goals, "and sometimes the other is three points". Opponents shoot only 37.9 percent from 2-point range. The Spartans game was a 16-point blowout.

Michigan State big man Gavin Schilling. Jackson plays the five in about 51 percent of Michigan State's lineups. I think that's the one benefit that they have.

How can I listen to Iowa-Ohio State on radio?

. On the film he saw too many lapses in the Boilermakers' concentration.

"That doesn't happen very often", coach Tom Izzo said. "How you feel like you've made some mistakes, it's not a flawless world. But if you keep doing it, eventually they are going to get you". He also grabbed three rebounds. The Spartans have been in a couple of top-5 matchups against then-No. Purdue has improved since the summer, but has never completely solved its vulnerability on the defensive glass. They now go on the road after a loss for the first time this season.

Recent struggles be damned, this is one hell of a matchup. Now, the Boilermakers must try to get on track in what will be a loud and hostile environment in East Lansing. The senior guard has hit 47 three-pointers this season and leads the team with 36 steals.

Thompson said the team planned to hold one of its semi-regular discussions on Friday night. Its defense, well, has continued to play as it has all year.

Painter didn't ask his team for an overhaul.

Before the half ended, however, Purdue found its footing again. "If having a little more time together because of the snow, so be it".