No. 4 Spartans again face top 5 foe in No. 3 Purdue

From FOX Sports - February 8, 2018

Michigan State has already been involved in two matchups of top five teams this season. The Spartans will go through the same experience Saturday afternoon in a crucial Big Ten showdown.

The fourth-ranked Spartans will host No. 3 Purdue at the Breslin Center. During their second game this season, the Spartans were ranked No. 2 and lost to then-No. 1 Duke. When they were ranked No. 3 in late November, they blew out then-No. 5 Notre Dame.

That doesnt happen very often, coach Tom Izzo said. This is our third top five game of the year, us versus Duke, us versus Notre Dame and now us versus Purdue. When you look at it that way, its a privilege for (his team) and I told them that. Thats the privilege and you guys have got to respond to it.

While Michigan State has big-game experience, the Boilermakers have more veteran players. The Spartans start four sophomores and a freshman. Purdue starts four seniors and a sophomore.

Sooner or later, the freshmen and sophomores have got to become juniors and seniors, Izzo said.

The Boilermakers (23-3, 12-1 Big Ten) had their bid for a perfect conference season ruined by a 64-63 home loss to Ohio State on Wednesday. That also snapped Purdues school-record 19-game winning streak.

Michigan State (23-3, 11-2) will try to extend its seven-game winning streak. It squeaked past unranked Iowa 96-93 on Tuesday behind 25 points from sophomore forward Miles Bridges (17.7 points per game)


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