Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball's win over Purdue

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I can't say this enough, but if Purdue wants to claw out of the Breslin Center with a win, the team has to rebound the ball better. They barely escaped Rutgers with an overtime victory and then fell to their instate rival, MI in a 10-point loss. Vincent Edwards is second on the team, while Isaac Haas and Dakota Mathias are part of the four players for Purdue scoring double digits per game.

Virginia: The Cavaliers faced a halftime deficit in their last game, but that was on the road at Florida State.

"Purdue vs Michigan State LIVE S-T-R-E-A-M and Basketball G a m e's". All four baskets during the run were layups or dunks. The freshman big man dunked the ball after executing a flawless backdoor cut to the hoop, and then followed it up by hitting a left-handed jump hook off the glass. The Boilermakers stalled out on offense, allowing runs of nine and six points before a last-second layup gave Ohio State its biggest victory of the season.

Ohio State sank 29 of 55 (52.7) on field goals and 9 of 22 (40.9) on treys. Nick Ward and Gavin Schilling both had their third fouls by early in the second half. They can both shoots the light out (Purdue is second in the nation in three-point percentage; Michigan State is seventh).

The Boilermakers were coming off their first conference loss of the year but started strong in the first half while building up a 10-point lead. Guard Matt McQuaid hit two 3's in quick succession to bring the Spartans within two at 53-51, the closest they'd been in the second half. Among the 11 other teams expected to have swimmers in attendance, the Boilermakers have already competed head-to-head against Miami (Ohio) and Notre Dame. He's a virtual lock to be the Big Ten player of the year.

What's been the difference for Sparty this year has been the addition to Jaren Jackson, and the emergence of point guard Cassius Winston. The Boilers called timeout trailing 57-55. Wednesday night, Purdue did beat Purdue.

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Mikal Bridges is averaging 16.6 points per night, while unsung Donte DiVincenzo is scoring 13.7 points per game and connecting on 48.5 percent of his shots.

Purdue has won three of the last four meetings with the Spartans dating back to 2015. Langford faked one way and then scored around Haarms to give the Spartans a 63-61 advantage with less than two minutes remaining.

BlackshearRobinson had a chance to put the Cavaliers in real trouble, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20.6 seconds left and the Hokies ahead 49-47.

Offensive, go right at Haas.

Miles Bridges finally has his signature moment. He waited and then launched a 3 from several feet behind the line. Despite the 19-game winning streak, Purdue has been on the mat before this season. But by obliging in the dramatic finale of one of the Big Ten's most entertaining and consequential games this season, Bridges provided a reason to think Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) could have the right makeup for a run at the real reason its star put his National Basketball Association career on hold: winning a championship. Jackson Jr., Josh Langford, and Ward combined for just 14 points on 31.5 percent shooting from the field, and if the Spartans would have hit their season average for turnovers (14), they wouldn't have won this game. He also grabbed three rebounds and only turned the ball over once.

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