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Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball's win over Purdue

Takeaways from Michigan State Basketball's win over Purdue

That seemed like a tall order for the Boilermakers on Saturday.

Despite just two points from potential top-ten pick Jaren Jackson Jr., the Spartans received 20 points from the other lottery pick they have, as Miles Bridges led them to the victory. Bridges finished with a team-high 20 points.

Word of that criticism clearly got around to Bridges and stuck with him, because the sophomore guard made mention of Dakich after the game. In the 10 games since that loss, Bridges is averaging 19.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while shooting 53.5 percent from the field. Matt McQuaid added nine points to the winning cause.

We're not going to get too deep into this game, as it was the most lopsided game of the night. "Our fans were the difference".

Things escalated quickly after Ohio State held a 10-point halftime lead. Purdue enters the toughest part of its schedule - against Ohio State, at Michigan State - having not lost since late November. Earlier in the year, there was a lot of talk about Bridges not being aggressive enough. You've got to learn from it. (See below.) The short answer, however, is this: Bridges is probably at his best when he's playing as a complimentary piece, as a role player, and he's done it better than you think. I thought in the first half we had a good balance of making some threes and going inside to him so we wanted to keep going into them, and since they were staying one-on-one, just keep it simple.

Kentucky (17-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) led 30-26 at halftime, but the Aggies (17-8, 6-6) made 11 of their first 16 shots in the second half - including all four of their 3-point attempts - to take a 14-point lead.

Purdue Boilermakers College Basketball - Purdue News, Scores, Stats.

Boston College 72, No. 25 Miami 70: Ky Bowman stole a rebound under the basket, drew a foul and hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left as Boston College scored the last nine points of the game to rally for a victory over Miami (18-6, 7-5 ACC).

-Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery chose to start Ahmad Wagner instead of Nicholas Baer even though Wagner has played very little recently (18 minutes in the previous four games). With 2:03 remaining, Jackson spun past two defenders to lay up his first basket of the game, giving MSU a 63-61 lead.

There isn't a guy on the bench you can point to and say, "That's the guy who's gonna score". Purdue was unable to respond. "He triple-bounced one in at Iowa at the end and helped them win the game".

"Nunge was great", McCaffery said.

Alabama 78, Tennessee 50 - In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Donta Hall had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Collin Sexton scored 16 points to lead the Crimson Tide (16-10, 7-5 SEC) over the No. 15 Volunteers (18-6, 8-4).

"It was a big win, obviously we have a lot of work to do", Indiana guard Victor Oladipo told Fox Sports Indiana. Pending the outcome of Ohio State's home game against Iowa, the Boilermakers and Michigan State could be one game behind the Buckeyes with four to play. The Golden Gophers have lost their last seven.

Wichita State (19-5, 9-3), which ranks third nationally in rebounds per game at 42.0 and in assists per game at 19.0, dominated the Huskies in both categories.

Winston, who won the 2016 Mr. Basketball award while leading Detroit U-D Jesuit to a state title at the Breslin Center with Izzo in attendance, feels the pressure.

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