Kenisha Bell leads Gophers over Purdue in women's basketball

Feb 11, 2018, 03:57
Kenisha Bell leads Gophers over Purdue in women's basketball

While Iowa is in the midst of one of its worst seasons under eighth-year coach Fran McCaffery, the Hawkeyes are coming off a competitive 96-93 loss at home to Michigan State on Tuesday night.

The Michigan State Spartans are hosting the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten college basketball game on Saturday afternoon. This is the only scheduled meeting between the schools. Nebraska has won four Big Ten road games, its highest conference road win total since 1998-99. The two teams meet only one time this year. And then there's the player OSU didn't have most of last season. 2 Spartans lost to then-No. The Boilermakers first loss of the season came to Tennessee, and they followed it up with a loss to Western Kentucky.

Purdue (23-3) has been on a stage this big once in 2017-18 ... and it flopped on Wednesday vs. Bridges needs the confidence that he can knock down the big shot and lead Michigan State to big time victories. Bridges shifts from the four to the three, which many believe is his natural position. EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Miles Bridges delivered at a key moment in a big game for Michigan State.

If Ohio State wins their remaining five games, they will secure the regular season Big Ten title. The Boilermakers are also one of the best passing teams in all of College Basketball as they are dishing out almost 18 assists per game. He's a virtual lock to be the Big Ten player of the year. MSU already has fallen at home once, getting beaten by MI, 82-72. Considering all of this, MSU's battle with the third-ranked Boilermakers will be especially important. It could have serious ramifications on the Big Ten title race.

But his impact on the team goes beyond just those numbers. There are five players who have the green light to shoot 3-pointers ... and all five can be deadly.

Purdue boasted what was nearly an embarrassment of riches in the front court with centers Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas and power forward Vincent Edwards. The senior is a hard to stop if he catches the ball on the blocks, and he's adept at passing out of double-teams. Edwards, who is Purdue's second-leading scorer averaging 15 points per game, was held to just eight points. And Joshua Langford is a dynamic wing.

To pull of the win, Michigan State will need to find a way to limit Purdue big man Isaac Haas without getting into foul trouble. Defensively, Iowa basketball yields 78.3 points per game against the opposing teams. The Spartans bench is just as deep as any in the country. Ohio State vs Iowa tv channel is on BTN.

Purdue: Rebounding. It's about positioning, awareness and want-to more than size and height. In a game that saw almost 50 combined shots from the charity stripe between the two teams, this ultimately led to their downfall. And it cost Purdue in the loss to Ohio State, which grabbed not one, not two, but three offensive rebounds before finally sinking the winning shot in the waning seconds on Wednesday. Iowa's defense continued to stumble. The Buckeyes' shooting percentage has jumped to 60 percent.

Texas Tech has a five-game winning streak, and it has also won 11 consecutive home games.

"He came back to be in these kind of games and try to help us win a championship of some kind, " Izzo said. But, this doesn't feel like a 23-3 team.

"We needed the door open", Izzo said. But the Spartans have been plagued with inconsistency.

Holtmann's frontcourt did not have much of an answer in the post for 7-foot-2 Purdue battering ram in the first half. The Spartans finished with six turnovers, a season low, and only committed one in the second half.

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