Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Purdue smashes No. 8 Michigan State at home

Purdue smashes No. 8 Michigan State at home

The Boilermakers have only lost once at home this season and did not lose a single game at Mackey a year ago.

After giving up the first basket of the second half, Michigan State scored seven straight to close to 39-27.

Only 2017 was worse, when MI finished the season 8-5 and unranked nationally.

The Boilermakers (10-7, 4-3), meanwhile, extended their home winning streak against conference foes to 15 and now have two victories over top-10 teams this season - both by 29-point margins. Before this weekend's games, the Spartans were listed at +1100 in the 2020 NCAA Tournament Odds.

Michigan State: Clearly, the Spartans are better than they demonstrated Sunday.

They've been led by two key players.

Cassius Winston, by far the best player on the pitch and arguably one of the nation's three best players, scored 23 points last season in every game against the Boilermakers that separated the two schools. Freshman Rocket Watts added 10 points off the bench, while Xavier Tillman had eight points on 4 of 10 shooting and eight rebounds.

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Purdue: The Boilermakers' usually strong defense might have been at its best against the Spartans. "I thought [Purdue coach] Matt Painter did one hell of a job". They're 2-3 in the Big Ten, and have dropped two straight contests on the road at IL and #19 MI.

The Wolverines, who began the season ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP Top 25, started the season with back-to-back wins over Middle Tennessee State and Army, needing overtime to beat the Black Knights, before dropping its Big Ten opener at Wisconsin by 21 points.

There have been positives to glean for the Boilermakers, though. As a team, m Purdue blocked only 53 shots as a team, and nobody but Matt Haarms (2.2 bpg) averages over 0.5 bpg.

Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots the ball as Eric Hunter Jr. A deeper look, however, suggests that the Spartans aren't the shoe-in for a victory on Sunday.

They were just warming up. The Spartans are just 8-8 in that regard, and they are 0-2 when they go on the road.

Oturu was also named co-Big Ten player of the week on December 30 after he posted the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance for the Gophers since Tom Kondla in 1966.

The Spartans have trouble when they go on the road, and Purdue has a great shot at an upset against the nation's eighth-ranked team.

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