The only time Michigan State and Purdue faced off this season, we witnessed an instant classic as Purdue won the hard-fought overtime thriller, 82-81. Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spartans and proved to themselves that they could compete with anyone in the country. Michigan State gets a much wanted revenge game today with the Big Ten Tournament Championship on the line. Here are three keys to look for in this battle of senior-led teams. The Hammons Factor A.J. Hammons scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Michigan’s thin front line in the semifinal, but it
Purdue’s Raphael Davis and Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes. When I sit down to watch today’s Big Ten tournament championship game, those are the three players I’ll be watching very closely. Let me tell you why. Rapheal Davis, Purdue: The senior leader tied his career high in points (24) and blocks (2) and drilled six three-pointers the first time these two teams battled. Purdue led by 18 points in the first half, mostly due to the heroics of Davis’ 19 first half points. With 4.6 seconds remaining in an overtime thriller, it was Davis who made the free throw
No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Purdue will meet in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] 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
INDIANAPOLIS — For the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years, Michigan State will play in the Big Ten tourney title game. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off third-seeded Maryland, 64-61, to advance to Sunday’s tourney final vs. the Boilermakers, who knocked off eighth-seeded Michigan, 76-59. If Michigan State wins the championship, which would mark its event-leading fifth crown, it would seem to have a good chance to be a No. 1 seed. It may have one locked up, regardless. Get my best of Semifinal Saturday below.
The matchup is set for the Big Ten tournament title game. It will be No. 2 seed Michigan State vs. No. 4 Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to advance to their third straight Big Ten tourney final, while the Boilermakers took down No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, in semifinal action Saturday afternoon. Michigan State, which lost last season’s tourney title game to eventual national runner-up Wisconsin, has won four Big Ten tourney titles, tied for the most with
The 2016 Big Ten Tournament championship is set. Michigan State will take on Purdue Sunday afternoon with a conference title on the line. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] In order to get to that point, the Boilermakers took care of No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, while Michigan State held on to pull out a thrilling victory over Maryland in the later game. With two great games on the slate, there were plenty of outstanding individual performances. BTN.com writers Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Saturday team from the semifinal round of the Big
INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue continues its push to it first Big Ten tourney title since 2009. And it can thank A.J. Hammons. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The big fella had 27 points and 11 boards, and when Michigan cut the Boilers’ lead to six midway through the second half, he was the guy who reasserted Purdue’s dominance. The Boilermakers will take on the winner of the No. 2 Michigan State-No. 3 Maryland game for the league title on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan may have done enough work in Indy to earn an at-large
And then there were two, and it will be No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan State in the 19th Big Ten tournament title game Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] The fourth-seeded Boilermakers downed No. 8 Michigan, 76-59, to advance to their third Big Ten tourney final, while the second-seeded Spartans held off No. 3 Maryland, 64-61, to move on to their second consecutive tourney title game. Purdue and Michigan State will face off at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, the final game before Selection Sunday. Michigan State, the highest-remaining seed, advanced to last season’s
It’s the semifinals of the Big Ten tourney, and, chances are, role players will play a significant role in helping guide their team to Sunday’s Big Ten final. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tournament central page ] Who are a few likely candidates, considering recent play and semifinal matchups? Here are my picks! P.J. Thompson, Purdue. Purdue’s regular-season finale vs. Wisconsin had the feeling of a championship game. Both teams were battling for a double-bye in the Big Ten tournament. Purdue was hoping to make history with a school record 17th home win. A victory for Wisconsin would’ve probably
And then there were four. We recap all of the Big Ten Men's Basketball action from Friday with video, top moments, and more. Maryland scored a tourney record number of points, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. set an assist record, and four teams move just one win away from Sunday's championship.