Ohio State Basketball vs. Iowa: Preview and prediction
Feb 11 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Ohio State burst to a 10-point halftime lead and then extended it to 20 before the first media timeout to roll Iowa 82-64 at Value City Arena in Columbus.
A letdown at this point for the Buckeyes would be as hard to imagine as them owning sole possession of first place of the Big Ten in mid-February.
The game plan was clear for Michigan State on Saturday afternoon when it took on Purdue - don't let the Boilermakers' shooters win the game. Their struggles come on the defensive end, where conference opponents have averaged almost 85 points per game - the most points allowed by any team in the Big Ten.
For whatever reason, Purdue has cooled down from the perimeter. That pair - Jallow hadn't scored in nine games - combined for 23 points and six 3-pointers against the Boilermakers.
With Purdue'sDakota Mathias backing off ever so slightly because of the threat of a drive, Bridges rose up from several feet beyond the 3-point arc on the right wing and watched it cleanly drop through the rim, setting off a frenzy at the Breslin Center as he ran down the court in celebration.
For Purdue to do to Michigan State what the Buckeyes did to it, the Boilermakers must correct the two main underlying causes of Wednesday's loss. Losing to them isn't a catastrophe, but the Boilermakers' cool-down from 3-point range is problematic. Purdue fans brought their best.
Purdue will be in East Lansing on Sunday evening for a big-time conference showdown against Michigan State. The 43 points IN allowed against Rutgers were a season low for the Hoosiers and the fewest theyve given up IN a Big Ten game since 1996-97.
Michael Sharp (5 & 3), Andrew Walker (3 & 1), and James Piot (4 & 2) won the three matches for the Spartans in the final against the Boilermakers at the par-72, 7,155-yard course. The second time around, though, coach Matt Painter said they wouldn't be blaming themselves.
Purdue continued to feed the ball to Haas down low and he broke a almost five-minute Boilermaker scoring drought with one of his most powerful moves of the night for a layup. "That's something we had to roll with".
I have a personal opinion that these two teams are equipped to make final four runs.
Purdue made a game of it in the fourth quarter, cutting the Gophers' lead from 66-53 at the start of the fourth to 70-67 with 4:53 to play.
"This is one of those outlier-type games", he said. They couldn't make it 3-for-3 but being able to fight back will serve them well the rest of the season.
"I was kind of down about how I played and that we lost, obviously", said Thompson, who went 0-for-5 in the loss.
Yet Michigan State found a way to stay in the game.
Ohio State basketball hosts Iowa on Saturday in the second meeting between the two teams. A team that was picked by many analysts to finish near the bottom of the conference is now in the driver seat to win the Big Ten regular season title.
"You've got to do a lot of things (defensively)", McCaffery said.
"They had a game through (the American Athletic Conference) that was going to be on ESPN2, and they wanted sort of a marquee matchup, and so they approached us about it".
MSU is led by sophomore forward Miles Bridges, who averages a team-best 17.7 points, puts up 83.7 points per contest, shoots 41.6 percent from behind the 3-point line and boasts the second-best field goal percentage in the nation at 51.8 percent. Does it accept the math?
The senior point guard scored three points with one turnover in 34 minutes.