No. 14 Ohio State heads back home in driver's seat

by Steven Clarke February 11, 2018, 4:14
No. 14 Ohio State heads back home in driver's seat

Purdue is led by 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Carsen Edwards, who leads the Boilermakers in scoring at 17 points per game and makes 40.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. The Spartans are now a half-game behind first-place Ohio State (12-1), which played Iowa at home on Saturday night.

The Spartans star sophomore hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to send Michigan State to a 68-65 win over Purdue on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center.

What will be the mindset and psyche of the Boilermakers coming off their first loss since Thanksgiving?

Prior to this season, the expectations for the Ohio State basketball program probably were lower than they had been in decades.

Michigan State (23-3) won't be fazed by the magnitude of a big game. But now without the 19-game winning streak and playing for perfection during the conference season, maybe now this team can loosen up and play composed. 2 Spartans lost to then-No.

Purdue (23-3) has been on a stage this big once in 2017-18 ... and it flopped on Wednesday vs. He said on Friday that Iowa is playing as well as anyone else in the league, citing the Hawkeyes' 96-93 loss to Michigan State as evidence.

Perhaps the snowstorm which motivated Purdue to leave for East Lansing a day early could prove beneficial. Purdue has won three of the last four meetings, prevailing at MSU previous year. How will they respond on Saturday in East Lansing? Defensively, Ohio State yields 66.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

Michigan State's one of the best defensive teams in college basketball, with two NBA first-rounders-in-waiting in its frontcourt alone. The Buckeyes handled the turnaround from that win well, beating Maryland 91-69 at home after beating the Spartans.

That 64-63 loss to the Buckeyes in the biggest game of the season exponentially heightens the importance of Saturday's game at No. 4 Michigan State. MSU already has fallen at home once, getting beaten by MI, 82-72. And Michigan State can. It could have serious ramifications on the Big Ten title race. But if Purdue loses, Ohio State would take sole possession of first. There are five players who have the green light to shoot 3-pointers ... and all five can be deadly. He can stretch defenses with a 44.1 3-point shooting percentage, something that poses an especially hard challenge for Purdue because of Haas' limitations at 7-2 and almost 300 pounds.

Haas had 25 points on 12-of-22 shooting, facing one defender instead of the usual two because Izzo wanted to limit the impact of Purdue's shooters on the outside.

The remaining five games are against team that Ohio State has already played this season, with three of those games on the road. And Joshua Langford is a dynamic wing.

Michigan State shoots lights out in this game, and takes down the Purdue Boilermakers. MSU needs to dominate the glass, limiting second-chance points for Purdue while generating them for its offense. Bates-Diop was way too much for Iowa last time out and there's not much of a reason why that trend won't continue tonight. Ohio State vs Iowa tv channel is on BTN. In fact, just four players scored in the entire game. One rebound in the last 45 seconds, and Purdue most likely seals the win. "We had guys trying to curl on set plays when they're supposed to make a straight cut, guys just not concentrating". Jackson is the shot blocker and three-point hitter while Ward is a rebounding machine. Jallow, after not scoring a single point since January 4, finished with 10 points on three of four shooting from behind the arc. Purdue committed a reasonable 12 against Ohio State.

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