Purdue gives 8th-ranked Michigan State historic 71-42 beating

Getty									Cassius Winston of the Michigan State Spartans

Getty Cassius Winston of the Michigan State Spartans

After the game MSU coach Tom Izzo called the game "Probably the worst beating I've taken as a coach", Izzo said.

The sold-out crowd of 14,804 never let up, the Spartans never adapted, and one of the most intimidating venues in the country did its part to maintain the remarkable value of homecourt advantage in the Big Ten.

The Purdue men's basketball team gave Michigan State a historic defeat on Sunday, giving the Spartans the top 10 team's biggest setback ever. That doesn't mean the Big Ten is weak, and I think MSU should still be considered a huge threat, no matter what, in the postseason, as should the Big Ten in general. Sophomore forward Trevion Williams, as expected, put up a challenge for the Spartans as well, leading the Boilermakers with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Spartans' 42 points were their fewest in a game since 2012.

Michigan State finished with season-lows in field goals (18), 3-pointers (two), field goal percentage (35.3) and 3-point percentage (12.5) while accumulating a season-high 18 turnovers. They'd entered the conference clash averaging 81.3 points per game.

Also, just like in the AP Top 25, MI finished the 2019 season having played six ranked teams, going 2-4 in those games. He also had nine sales. "I probably tried to force it a little".

Purdue hit Michigan State with an early offensive barrage, jumping ahead 19-4 on a 3-pointer by Boudreaux. The Spartans cut the lead to 11 points in the second half, but were never able to close the gap.

Evan Boudreaux scored 11 points and got five rebounds for the Boilermakers. Cassius Winston and Rocket Watts scored 10 points each for the Spartans.

"The fact that we didn't turn it over in the first half was the best thing for us", Purdue head coach Matt Painter said.

MSU will return home to host Wisconsin on January 17 at 7 p.m.

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