Michigan State-Purdue men’s basketball: Recap, score, analysis (February 10, 2018)

No. 4 Michigan State (24-3 overall, 12-2 Big Ten) edged No. 3 Purdue (23-4, 12-2) 68-65 on Saturday for a crucial home win to keep its Big Ten hopes alive. Miles Bridges hit a deep 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to clinch it.

With the tiebreaker, Michigan State now holds possession of second place in the conference behind Ohio State. The Spartans can thank Bridges, who hit a bevy of contested jumpers for 20 points on the night. Cassius Winston controlled the offense and added 10 points and 10 assists.

Isaac Haas dominated against single coverage from Michigan State, scoring 25 points on the night. But when the Spartans needed it most, Gavin Schilling got a stop to give them a chance to win the game.

Purdue turned the ball over just 3 times in the game, but all of them came in the second half after Michigan State had tied the game. The Spartans did not have a lead until midway through the second period.

The Spartans will hit the road to face Minnesota at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Michigan State-Purdue basketball recap, score

Michigan State 65, Purdue 65 (H2, 0:20): Isaac Haas kept backing Schilling down and getting baby hook shots, but on the most important defensive possession of the game, Gavin Schilling kept him from getting deep post position and gave the Spartans a shot to win.

Michigan State 61, Purdue 59 (H2, 3:54): Michigan State got great defensive minutes from Gavin Schilling, but the absence of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward was confounding while Haas continued to get great position. Jackson finally returned and quickly drew a foul on a rebound.

Michigan State 57, Purdue 55 (H2, 6:54): Michigan State turned up its defense in a big way, frustrating Isaac Haas down low and forcing tough shots from outside. After 46 possessions without a turnover, Purdue turned it over 3 times in the next 6. The Boilermakers went 4:23 without a point, but Michigan State didn’t take advantage of the chance to expand its lead.

Purdue 55, Michigan State 51 (H2, 11:07): Matt McQuaid kept drilling 3-pointers to get Michigan State within one possession, but Purdue found yet another answer. Carsen Edwards drove the lane and hit a ridiculous layup with a defender draped all over him.

Purdue 46, Michigan State 43 (H2, 14:46): Again, a free-flowing start to the half led to a lot of time passing before a media timeout. Cassius Winston threw an ill-advised pass but made up for it by hitting a pull-up 3-pointer. Purdue kept finding success by feeding the Spartans, who would not look to a double-team.

Purdue 36, Michigan State 31 (H1, 0:00): Michigan State allowed its deficit to reach 10 through strong post work by Matt Haarms, but Miles Bridges immediately answered with a 3-pointer, and Cassius Winston used a screen to get a layup as time expired.

Purdue 30, Michigan State 24 (H1, 3:02): Michigan State went on an 8-0 run to cut its deficit to a single point with tough defense, and then Carsen Edwards nailed a 3-pointer off a screen to end it. On the next possession, Edwards drove by Josh Langford incredibly easily for a layup. Tom Izzo called timeout in a rage.

Purdue 25, Michigan State 18 (H1, 7:06): Isaac Haas continued to find all the space he needed to operate, but fortunately for Michigan State, he missed several close shots. Michigan State found success in the screen-and-roll game with Cassius Winston finding shooters as well as a wide open Nick Ward when he would draw the attention of Haas.

Purdue 17, Michigan State 14 (H1, 11:22): Nick Ward returned from a minor ankle injury and immediately got a rebound. He didn’t seem to be struggling with mobility at all. Michigan State’s offense continued to struggle, but it was bailed out by a tough Tum Tum Nairn jumper as the shot clock ran out.

Purdue 17, Michigan State 11 (H1, 12:36): A free-flowing start to the game took us 7:24 to get to the first media timeout, and that timeout came as a result of the first foul. Purdue disrupted Michigan State with perimeter pressure before Matt McQuaid broke the Spartans out of their slump with a 3-pointer. On defense, MSU hurt itself by going under screens. It opted not to double-team Isaac Haas, and he made the Spartans pay with 6 early points.

Michigan State 0, Purdue 0 (H1, 20:00): Michigan State started its usual five of Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward. Purdue stuck with P.J. Thompson, Carsen Edwards, Dakota Mathias, Vince Edwards and Isaac Haas.

Before the game, coach Tom Izzo spent time with Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 player in the 2019 class, who was on his official visit. Football coach Mark Dantonio chatted with his father, a former college and NFL offensive tackle, both for Miami.

Michigan State-Purdue basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and Purdue play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Time: 4 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Feb. 10

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

How can I watch the Michigan State-Purdue basketball game on TV and online?

Michigan State and Purdue will be broadcast on ESPN. You can stream the game on  WatchESPN and from your  Android or  iOS device.

The game will be called by Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-Purdue basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and Purdue can be heard over the 38-affiliate  Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.

Michigan State-Purdue basketball preview: 3 keys

1. Rebounding

Purdue’s problems in this area came to a head on Wednesday, when Ohio State reeled in 3 offensive rebounds in the final 2:22, the last leading to Keita Bates-Diop’s game-winning layup. Michigan State boasts a Big Ten-leading 36.8 offensive rebound percentage and could cause problems down the stretch just as the Buckeyes did.

On the other end, Michigan State needs to limit Purdue to 1 shot per possession as much as it can. When a team blocks as many shots as the Spartans do, second chances are bound to happen, but against a Purdue squad that hardly hits the offensive glass (and doesn’t miss many shots to begin with), any available defensive boards must be aggressively pursued and corralled.

2. Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan State freshman phenom Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of the best players in the country if he can stay on the floor. Lately, that’s been a big if. After playing 30 minutes against both Illinois and Wisconsin, he has played an average of 19 over the last four games, largely because of fouls.

Jackson needs to play smart so he can play more, because he may be the only Michigan State player with enough length to bother Purdue’s 7-foot-2 center, Isaac Haas. And on offense, his inside-out game could cause a lot of problems for the Boilermakers, who don’t have anyone with the right combination of size and mobility to match up with him.

3. Defensive intensity

It certainly wasn’t there for much of the game against Iowa. Michigan State’s wing defenders seemed to have their minds on something else completely at points, struggling to stay in proper position and react quickly to skip passes. When they needed to get stops at the end, they did, proving that it’s not a problem of ability, but rather consistency.

Purdue’s guards are always on the move, sprinting around screens and hunting shots. Any lapses in focus and they’ll find the space they need. This is a group that hits 9.9 3-pointers per game at a 42.7 percent clip, both No. 1 in the Big Ten. From P.J. Thompson to Carsen Edwards to Dakota Mathias to Vincent Edwards, all will make Michigan State pay for the type of defense it played on Tuesday.

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