The Spartans are favored by four-points in the latest Purdue vs. Michigan State odds, while the over-under is set at 135.5. The Boilermakers have won five of their last six home games against top-10 foes.
Michigan State ranks first in assists per game (19.8) while Purdue ranks 124th in assists allowed per game (12.5).
Michigan State: Committed seven turnovers before forcing one by the Boilermakers.
Purdue's physical defense and locked-in three-point shooting dug the Spartans to the ground in only their second road game in the Big Ten this season.
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This time, though there was a modest comeback, the game never got away from Purdue (10-7, 3-3).
Jaime Echenique led four Wichita State players in double figures with 19 points before fouling out.
They've been led by two key players. Winston now leads the team in PPG and APG, scoring just 7 points with 2 assists in MSU's toughest loss this season, a 71:66 loss to Virginia Tech in the Maui Invitational.
Speaking of Purdue's defense, it has been the strongest aspect of the team this season so far. It's actually tough to imagine them performing much better. They're 9-7, and they've lost three of their last five games.
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Tyler Harris finished with 17 points for the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference), who held USF (8-9, 1-3) scoreless from the field over the final 6:37.
There have been positives to glean for the Boilermakers, though. Sasha Stefanovic and Eric Hunter Jr. each chipped in 10 points in the win and Rocket Watts scored 10 points for the Spartans. As a team, m Purdue blocked only 53 shots as a team, and nobody but Matt Haarms (2.2 bpg) averages over 0.5 bpg.
MI finished the season 0-3 against teams that finished in the top 10 and 2-4 against teams that placed in the top 15. A deeper look, however, suggests that the Spartans aren't the shoe-in for a victory on Sunday.
"I just thought they never really quite got into a rhythm", Painter said. The Spartans are just 8-8 in that regard, and they are 0-2 when they go on the road.
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MI even finished below Iowa (No. 15), despite beating the Hawkeyes during the regular season, which finished 10-3 and with a win over USC in the Holiday Bowl. The Wolverines' mark was better than their season average of 15.4. The brightest spot of the Boilermakers is their defense, which ranks seventh nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency (86.6).