It's going to be something if Purdue loses two in a row, but Michigan State is heating up and they're poised to make a deep run into March. The Buckeyes do not play either team in their four remaining games.
Carsen Edwards had an exceptional game for the Boilers scoring 28 points, and Isaac Haas scored scored 18, but just two in the second half. It also would help restore some mojo for a team whose chances to win-out look good with games left at Wisconsin, vs. Penn State, at IL and vs. Minnesota.
"I was thinking to myself about Jud's last parting shot, it's up there in the video, was how do you want to be known?"
Michigan State: There is talent galore, especially up front in players like Nick Ward, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges. All four baskets during the run were layups or dunks.
Painter said that in the moment he figured Ohio State accounted nearly entirely for Purdue's relative struggles - and it should be noted that Purdue did do enough on offense to lead by more than a dozen with 10 minutes left - but saw something different on film. Goins' jumper with 48 seconds left tied it. The difference though is that the Boilermakers game against the Buckeyes was an instant classic.
One of the most important stats from the first half was the zero for Purdue in the turnover column.
With five games left to play, the Boilermakers are locked in a two-way tie with Ohio State. Following a disappointing loss that got swept away, the Boilermakers now feel the pressure that if they don't know win at Michigan State today, the chance of claiming a 24th Big Ten title may be too hard to do. The Spartans gave up 93 points to an Iowa team Tuesday that came into the game with 13 losses on the year and allowed the Hawkeyes to shoot better than 52 percent from the field. The rest of the team made just three field goals combined in the second half. Guard Matt McQuaid hit two 3's in quick succession to bring the Spartans within two at 53-51, the closest they'd been in the second half.
But since then the Blue Devils have lost four games and dropped to the No. 9 team in the country, and the Fighting Irish have had a complete collapse, falling all the way to 14-10.
Out of the timeout, however, the Spartans kept coming.
But Purdue, which hit six first-half 3-pointers and had zero turnovers, managed to keep its lead and go into halftime up by five. Then there's back-up point guard Lourawls Nairn who averages 3.5 assists per game. Wednesday night, Purdue did beat Purdue.
The decision led to Haas' fourth straight game with 20 or more points. We'll be fine. We just got a little sloppy, mis-reading the defense, mis-reading the low guy. The Buckeyes built a 56-36 advantage less than four minutes later.
Yet Michigan State found a way to stay in the game.
Following a Haas miss, the Spartans called a timeout. The top scorer for the Spartans has been Miles Bridges. No. 4 Michigan State looks to get its eighth straight win in its final game against a.
In addition to hitting the game-winning shot, Bridges was the Spartans leading scorer and made almost every big play for the victors. Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game to lead OSU while Jae'Sean Tate is adding 12.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.