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Men's hoops aims to boost Big Ten title chances against Purdue

11 February 2018

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said Friday that he thought the Iowa basketball team was playing as well as any team in the Big Ten. Miles Bridges is going to cause problems for Dakota Mathias, though, and he will go off for 20-plus points, including a crucial 3-pointer near the end of the game to pull out the close win.

Purdue (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten) will visit No. 4 Michigan State (23-3, 11-2) today at 4 p.m. (ESPN).

Bates-Diop made two early 3-pointers but Iowa made the lanky small forward largely ineffective in the first half. Is the swagger gone? The Michigan State Spartans are going to win this game.

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The Michigan State Spartans are are 23-3 on the season and 11-2 in conference play. Its defense, well, has continued to play as it has all year. During their second game this season, the then-No. They barely escaped Rutgers with an overtime victory and then fell to their instate rival, MI in a 10-point loss. Haas had 25 points, but took 22 shots to get there and wasn't able to get his last one to fall.

Ohio State has won six of the last 10 meetings in this series, including a 92-81 win at Iowa back on January 4. Now, the Boilermakers must try to get on track in what will be a loud and hostile environment in East Lansing. Last year Bridges set a Michigan State freshman record with 33 points in the first meeting in East Lansing.

The key will be limiting second-chance points, something Ohio State did well last week against IL - another Big Ten bottom feeder that's better than its record indicates and is one of the best rebounding teams in the country. The Boilermakers are also one of the best passing teams in all of College Basketball as they are dishing out almost 18 assists per game.

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"I just took what he gave me", Bridges said of the Purdue defender who faded away from him ever so slightly in the closing seconds of a neck-and-neck Big Ten fistfight Saturday.

The Buckeyes' 64-63 victory at No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday night put them in the driver's seat in the Big Ten regular-season championship race. MSU already has fallen at home once, getting beaten by MI, 82-72. 1 Michigan State earlier this year. And that would set up advantageous seeding for the Big Ten Tournament to follow.

Welcome to Michigan State vs Purdue 2018 LIVE and Basketball Online Game/Preview's Wedding Website! Iowa's slump extended to an 0-5 start and now sit 3-10 in conference play. He's fearless. Inside, the Boilermakers have a 7-2, 290-pound aircraft carrier named Isaac Haas who is unlike any player in the nation. Considering all of this, MSU's battle with the third-ranked Boilermakers will be especially important. On that possession, the ball went to Bridges at the top of the key. Haas is sensational and so is Purdue, a team Michigan State coach Tom Izzo calls "a Final Four team". Jackson Jr., Josh Langford, and Ward combined for just 14 points on 31.5 percent shooting from the field, and if the Spartans would have hit their season average for turnovers (14), they wouldn't have won this game. Minnesota is also now 7-4 and holds the tiebreaker over the Boilermakers. Ohio State didn't score until its 10th possession. In fact, just four players scored in the entire game. The sophomore, who has at times this season been chided and criticized for not taking the type of control his talent should allow, decided he'd take his big moment however he could get it. Jackson is the shot blocker and three-point hitter while Ward is a rebounding machine. Bad news: MSU is No. 1 in the Big Ten in rebounding margin (+10.4).

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Men's hoops aims to boost Big Ten title chances against Purdue