The difference though is that the Boilermakers game against the Buckeyes was an instant classic. Winston has doubled his points per game this year, and averages seven assists per contest. The Michigan State Spartans are going to win this game.
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"We wanted to get it in Miles' hands", Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in that same postgame interview, "but not for the shot that he made". He's a player of the year candidate in both the Big Ten and the country.
Bridges finished with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Bridges needs the confidence that he can knock down the big shot and lead Michigan State to big time victories. Nick Ward has to step up for the Spartans to win. He has to know that he doesn't have to be the only guys producing in the front court. Martin had 24 points and eight rebounds in Butler's 101-93 victory over Villanova in late December.
After giving up 27 points and allowing 70.6 percent shooting in the first quarter, the Minnesota defense buckled down and allowed just 13 points on 31.3 percent shooting in the second quarter.
Big-time game made for the biggest of moments. Matt McQuaid added nine points to the winning cause. The team has really bought into Holtmann's system, and you can see an energy and hustle among the players that just hadn't been there in years past. He plays bigger as he averages 7.8 boards per game and has 16 blocks for the season. They left with heartbreaking one-point loss, 64-63. He has 4.4 assists per game, hits 2.7 three-pointers per game and has come up with 35 steals this season. The Buckeye women are also hosting the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 14-17) and NCAA Championships (March 14-17) this season.
The Boilers continued to lead as the second half wore on, but Michigan State remained close.
Of all those pieces, Jackson is the biggest addition, literally and physically.
Before the half ended, however, Purdue found its footing again. Luckily for them, the Buckeyes get to return home to Value City Arena for this one, where they are 14-2 on the year. As both forwards play similar games, Jackson has four inches and 20 more pounds on Vincent.
The wrestling team is ranked No. 2 nationally and just lost its first match against top-ranked Penn State on Saturday in what was dubbed by some as the "Dual of the Millennium" and the "Super Bowl of College Wrestling". Nearly no one had them higher than 10th. Michigan State sits just one game behind. Heathcote's family as well as legendary Purdue coach Gene Keady and a host of former MSU players congregated at midcourt to recognize his life and achievements. Ryan Cline is their wing man off the bench who has knocked down 32 three-pointers this season. Muscular guard Carsen Edwards can be a one-man gang, attacking the hoop or swishing 3-pointers. "We're two totally different teams, but they're a better team and so are we". At the beginning of the season I was sold on the Spartans. "I think that's a staple with his teams". They have a nice balance of upper and underclassmen.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Eleven members of Purdue women's swimming are set to post personal season-best times in their races this weekend at the two-day, 12-team Ohio State Winter Invite.