The Boilermakers (10-7, 4-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game skid by picking up their second win this season over a top-10 foe.
Purdue: The Boilermakers' usually strong defense might have been at its best against the Spartans.
Michigan State Basketball remains atop the Detroit News Big Ten Power Rankings yet again.
Opening conference play with a.500 record, the Wolverines are seeking to keep pace with the teams atop the Big Ten standings. Before this weekend's games, the Spartans were listed at +1100 in the 2020 NCAA Tournament Odds. Ohio State was ahead of the Spartans in December but are now down at the no. 8 spot.
They've been led by two key players. Cassius Winston is Naismith Player of the Year, finalist, and he is surrounded by a mix of top-class role players.
During their last five games, the Boilermakers have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (10.7 above their season average).
Tom Izzo's team is fourth in the nation adjusted offensive efficiency (116.5), and 23rd nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency (89.8). It's actually tough to imagine them performing much better. Michigan's 10.5 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Purdue, who had a mark of 15.9. If it means anything by comparison, Purdue beat Northwestern by 14 at home earlier in the year. They're 2-3 in the Big Ten, and have dropped two straight contests on the road at IL and #19 MI.
Overall, the Spartans are the much more talented of the two teams.
There have been positives to glean for the Boilermakers, though.
Cassius Winston finished with 10 points to lead the Spartans (13-4, 5-1) but also had nine turnovers as Michigan State's eight-game winning streak ended. (10.9), Matt Haarms (10.7), and Jahaad Proctor (10.7). Matt Charboneau put Michigan State right above Maryland. A deeper look, however, suggests that the Spartans aren't the shoe-in for a victory on Sunday.
They were just warming up. "They'll host Wisconsin this week before hitting the road next week at IN and Minnesota". Additionally, when Michigan State is the favorite, they cover only 50% of the time.
The Woodbury, Minn., native's previous career-high was 29 points, to go with 18 rebounds in a double-overtime loss at Purdue on January 2. The brightest spot of the Boilermakers is their defense, which ranks seventh nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency (86.6). "I think that was great pressure by Purdue".
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