On Saturday afternoon, a battle took place between a couple of the Big Ten’s most talented basketball teams — Michigan State and Purdue.
Entering Saturday, both teams owned 23-3 records overall. Michigan State had an 11-2 record in Big Ten play and extended that to 12-2, tying itself with Purdue after a 68-65 victory.
With the Spartans’ win and the Boilermakers’ loss, both teams are 12-2 in conference play and in second and third-place behind Ohio State.
Here’s some of what Spartans coach Tom Izzo said after the victory.
What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State’s win over Purdue
On the first half: “In the first half, we did a poor job and I blame myself. There was some picks up on top by Haas which he normally doesn’t go up there. Carson Edwards hit two or three three’s in a row and that was a (…) flaw by me. But, to hold them without a three in the second half as good as they’ve been shooting the ball and to out0rebound them and out-shoot them…
On keys to the game: “I’d say the keys to the game was not giving up three’s. The key to the game was not turning the ball over and the key to the game was following the game plan. Even though it was frustrating, we kept hearing the moans when we kept throwing it in and getting the shot up, but, those are two points and sometimes others are three points. That was the game plan.
On Miles Bridges: “He’s worked his tail off. He came back for these kinds of games.” He came back to try and help us win a championship. He made the big plays. I’m happy for Miles.”
On where the two teams were at coming into the game: “I say this and I’ll probably get killed, but, I thought going in that Purdue was a little better than us. I thought we both had talent and if we had a little more raw talent with size, they had a lot more experience. I thought we had the home-court. I was going back-and-forth in my mind last night how we were going to win the game. The crowd was a major part for us. No secrets about it.
“The other part I thought we had was depth. We were going to keep throwing bigs at them. We just didn’t do a good enough job maybe deflecting a few passes in there. He got it so deep a couple times — I have to look at the tape — he was either backing them in or they weren’t letting us push him out. The guy’s a mountain in there. Matt’s done a good job with him. That jump hook right now is pretty lethal. It changed the rest of their team when they just threw it in and he just dribble, dribble, dribbled. That’s not who they are. In a way, they move the ball so well. In a sick way, it worked to our advantage.”
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