Big Ten Blockbuster Preview
The Sagarin Power Rankings have Purdue listed at #2 (93.84) behind #1 Villanova (95.33). MSU is #4 (92.12) just behind #3 Virginia (93.36). Purdue is 4-1 vs Top Ten and 7-1 vs Top Fifty. MSU is 1-3 vs Top Ten and 5-3 vs Top Fifty.
The Boilermakers had reeled off a school-record 19 straight wins after winning at Rutgers 78-76 last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights outscored Purdue by nine in the second half but came up short. Vince Edwards had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. On Wednesday, Purdue lost the second half again as Purdue fell to OSU at home 64-63. Carsen Edwards had 28 points,
Meanwhile, MSU needed a 3-pointer from Matt McQuaid to get by Indiana 63-60 on Saturday and a 25-point performance from Miles Bridges in the 96-93 win at Iowa on Tuesday. MSU has won 7 straight since losing at home to Michigan.
Last year Purdue swept the series, winning at home over the Spartans 80-63 and @ East Lansing 84-73.
The first events of 23rd Winter Olympics take place on Thursday before Friday’s opening ceremony at 11 AM EST. There are just a couple of Olympic Tickers this week. However, the following week the GridCard features curling, downhill and aerial skiing, and half-pipe snowboarding.