10 facts to get you ready for Big Ten tournament title game


10 facts to get you ready for Big Ten tournament title game

No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game.

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The two teams have only played once this season, with Purdue winning an 82-81 thriller in February at Mackey Arena.

To get you prepped for Sunday’s big game, here is a look at 10 fun facts leading up to the 19th Big Ten tourney final.

  • The No. 2 and No. 4 teams have only met twice before in the Big Ten Championship (2000 and 2013). Both times, the No. 2 seed the tournament title.
  • Denzel Valentine enters Sunday’s game as the only player in Big Ten Tournament history to have recorded at least 100 points, 50 rebounds and 40 assists.
  • Michigan State junior Eron Harris’s father went to Purdue and grew up a Boilermakers fan.
  • Purdue will be playing in its third Big Ten Tournament title game, while this will be Michigan State’s sixth conference championship game.
  • Purdue has won one Big Ten Tournament title (2009), while Michigan State has won four (1999, 2000, 2012, 2014).
  • Purdue has now out-rebounded 15 opponents by double-digits this season.
  • Purdue has trailed for a total of 1:10 in 80 minutes of action so far in the Big Ten Tournament
  • With a victory Sunday, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will have recorded his 100th career win in the month of March.
  • Michigan State and Purdue rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, among Big Ten teams in rebounding this season.
  • Purdue and Michigan State are the only two teams in the conference to average more than 17 assists per game this year.

* The Big Ten Conference contributed to this report.

Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor

BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men's basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.


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