Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, March 12, 2016
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.