The biggest game of the day will be played at 4:00 p.m. E.T. when the #3 Purdue Boilermakers (23-3 Overall, 12-1 Big Ten) visit the #4 Michigan State Spartans (23-3 Overall, 11-2 Big Ten) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI. Purdue is tied with the Ohio State Buckeyes for first in the Big Ten. The Spartans are in second place just one game out. This game means a lot to both teams in terms of Big Ten standings and national rankings. Our Purdue plays Michigan State 2018 NCAA basketball Big Ten pick has the Spartans at -3.0 and the over/under at 148.0.
On Feb. 7, the Boilermakers lost for the first time since Nov. 23, 2017 and also lost for the first time this season to a Big Ten team when the Ohio State Buckeyes took them down 64-63. That loss ended a 19-game winning streak for the Boilermakers. Michigan State is riding a seven-game streak of wins and is 8 – 2 for their last 10 games. Over those past 10 games, their losses were to Ohio State 80-64 on Jan. 7 and Michigan 82-72 on Jan. 13. Their last win was against the Iowa Hawkeyes 96-93 on Feb. 6. This is the first and only regular season meeting between the Boilermakers and Spartans in 2017-18.
In many ways, these two teams are close to being identical when it comes to basic stats. Purdue is scoring 83.2 PPG, hitting 50.0% of their shots, and allowing 64.2 PPG, while Michigan State is putting up 83.7 PPG, making 51.7% of their attempts, and giving up 65.3 PPG. The Spartans are +5.5 on rebounds, +2.3 on assists, and 2.6 in blocks. The Boilermakers +1.9 in steals. On frees and threes, both teams are around 75% and 43%.
Players to Watch
For the Boilermakers, senior guard Dakota Mathias leads the team in assists with 4.4 per game and is also putting in 12.2 PPG. Sophomore guard Carsen Edwards leads the team with 17.0 PPG while senior forward Vincent Edwards leads the team in rebounds with 7.8 per game while scoring 15.3 PPG. Purdue has a solid bench and plays sound D.
For Michigan State, sophomore guard Cassius Winston is a major playmaker, averaging 7.0 APG. He’s also providing 12.2 PPG. Miles Bridges, another sophomore guard, leads Spartan scorers with 17.7 PPG while taking down 7.3 RPG. In the frontcourt, Nick Ward is a dominate force, taking down 7.5 RPG. He been good for 13.3 PPG. This is a very tough team under the basket.
Our Purdue Plays Michigan State 2018 NCAA Basketball Big Ten Pick
We think that the Spartan front men will control the boards. Than could be the game right there. Our Purdue plays Michigan State 2018 NCAA basketball Big Ten pick is the Spartans at -3.0. We also do like the over in this one, which is at 148.0.