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Five key matchups to watch in Purdue vs. Michigan State

Five key matchups to watch in Purdue vs. Michigan State

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Painter said he initially believed Ohio State caused most of those errors. Iowa fell to 12-15 overall and 3-11 in Big Ten action. But if the Spartans were to top the Boilermakers, they could very well be catapulted into that discussion. The obvious flip side of that is that the Buckeyes will be seeing the Hawkeyes for the second time too. The Spartans, who went 2-1 in their opening round matches, represented the Big Ten East Division in the championship where they tied the representative from the West, Purdue, 3-3. The Buckeyes can claim a title in their first season under Chris Holtmann by winning out. When Haas missed, the Spartans had the last shot with 20 seconds to go.

Can Ohio State keep Iowa from pushing the pace like they did back in Iowa City? The Buckeyes certainly deserve their first-place holding in the Big Ten.

"One that will hopefully pay dividends in March when we start seeing a lot of different styles of play", he said. They are third nationally in field goal percentage (.517) and have five players averaging in double figures, but with Robinson getting really assertive in recent weeks and surpassing his career high three times, some of their other scorers have all but disappeared.

Michigan State started the game 1-for-8 from the field, and as a result trailed for the entire first half. That was the program's biggest win in probably five years, much bigger stakes then when it upset then-No. Since then, Michigan State has won seven in a row. That left just Nick Ward and Kenny Goins. On the next possession, he hit a jumper, giving him 21 points for the game and knotting the score at 59 with 5:23 to go. With Kam Williams still serving his suspension, the Buckeyes need a scoring lift from somewhere. Like with Jallow, that may have been the confidence boost Wesson needed.

Destiny Pitts added 18 points for Minnesota (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) and Gadiva Hubbard 17. Jallow scoring like that was great to see, but I'm mostly focused on Wesson. Not to be outdone by his backcourt mate, senior two-guard Dakota Mathias shoots 46.6 percent from 3-point territory while pouring just more than 12 points per contest. Ohio State didn't score until its 10th possession. Cook leads in rebounds with 6.6 while Bohannon tops in assists with 5.3 per game.

Looking bigger picture, Ohio State is in good position to be among the top-16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament with a win.

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For Purdue to do to Michigan State what the Buckeyes did to it, the Boilermakers must correct the two main underlying causes of Wednesday's loss. Purdue vs. Michigan State will be broadcast on ESPN.

Bill's pick: Ohio State 81, Iowa 75. The Boilermakers had won 19 consecutive games and risen all the way to the No. 3 spot n the rankings, but a loss on their home floor earlier this week to Ohio State has put an even bigger importance on this one. "You never want to have turnovers, but when you do you never want it to lead directly to points for them".

Virginia: The Cavaliers faced a halftime deficit in their last game, but that was on the road at Florida State. At least twice, Purdue threw the ball straight out of bounds when someone zigged when someone else thought they'd zag, or so it appeared.

Three days removed from their first defeat in Big Ten play, Purdue now travels to East Lansing in hopes of avoiding a second straight loss.

After this game, a showcase of two potential Final Four teams that came down to the final seconds, Painter didn't sound concerned.

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