Michigan State and Purdue play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.
How can I watch the Michigan State-Purdue basketball game on TV and online?
The game will be called by Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale.
How can I listen to the Michigan State-Purdue basketball game on the radio?
Michigan State and Purdue can be heard over the 38-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.
Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.
Michigan State-Purdue basketball preview: 3 keys
Purdue’s problems in this area came to a head on Wednesday, when Ohio State reeled in 3 offensive rebounds in the final 2:22, the last leading to Keita Bates-Diop’s game-winning layup. Michigan State boasts a Big Ten-leading 36.8 offensive rebound percentage and could cause problems down the stretch just as the Buckeyes did.
On the other end, Michigan State needs to limit Purdue to 1 shot per possession as much as it can. When a team blocks as many shots as the Spartans do, second chances are bound to happen, but against a Purdue squad that hardly hits the offensive glass (and doesn’t miss many shots to begin with), any available defensive boards must be aggressively pursued and corralled.
2. Jaren Jackson Jr.
Michigan State freshman phenom Jaren Jackson Jr. is one of the best players in the country if he can stay on the floor. Lately, that’s been a big if. After playing 30 minutes against both Illinois and Wisconsin, he has played an average of 19 over the last four games, largely because of fouls.
Jackson needs to play smart so he can play more, because he may be the only Michigan State player with enough length to bother Purdue’s 7-foot-2 center, Isaac Haas. And on offense, his inside-out game could cause a lot of problems for the Boilermakers, who don’t have anyone with the right combination of size and mobility to match up with him.
3. Defensive intensity
It certainly wasn’t there for much of the game against Iowa. Michigan State’s wing defenders seemed to have their minds on something else completely at points, struggling to stay in proper position and react quickly to skip passes. When they needed to get stops at the end, they did, proving that it’s not a problem of ability, but rather consistency.
Purdue’s guards are always on the move, sprinting around screens and hunting shots. Any lapses in focus and they’ll find the space they need. This is a group that hits 9.9 3-pointers per game at a 42.7 percent clip, both No. 1 in the Big Ten. From P.J. Thompson to Carsen Edwards to Dakota Mathias to Vincent Edwards, all will make Michigan State pay for the type of defense it played on Tuesday.