No. 6 Michigan State Spartans at No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers
- Updated: February 16, 2009
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No. 6 Michigan State Spartans (20-4) at No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers (19-6)
Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, I.A., 7:00PM Eastern Tuesday
Bookmaker.com betting line – Purdue -3
The battle in the Big Ten will rage on this Tuesday night when the No. 19 Purdue Boilermakers host the No. 6 ranked Michigan State Spartans in a big match-up of top 25 teams. This match-up will play huge importance for each team’s chances at winning the Big Ten outright for the regular season. As the standings sit now, the Spartans hold a two game advantage over Illinois and Purdue. However, a win by Purdue on Tuesday night would put everyone right back together again not to mention these two teams will tangle again in the season finale. Michigan State climbed in the polls this week after much of the top 10 fell and they still have a chance at earning a number 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament if they could close out the year strong.
The Spartans have won 3 straight since their last defeat against Penn State. Michigan State will have the chance to take a commanding lead in the Big Ten if they could come away victorious from Mackey Arena. Luckily for the Spartans, they are yet to lose this season away from home and they will look to keep the streak alive. Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan lead the Spartans scoring attack both averaging double figures in the rather low scoring conference of the Big Ten. Lucas is posting a team high 15 points per game on the season. Raymar Morgan missed the last 3 games with walking pneumonia and many are wondering how effective the standout forward will be in his return Tuesday night. If Morgan is not at 100%, it would be a big blow for the Spartans in this important game. However, Michigan State has won all 3 games without Morgan and regardless they will attempt to take down Big Ten foe Purdue on Tuesday night.
Purdue has won two straight games after suffering back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Illinois. The Boilermakers continue to get back to their winning ways if they have any aspirations at winning the Big Ten regular season crown. This is a must win situation for Purdue against their inner-conference rival and that is one of the leading reasons they are a 3 point favorite heading into the contest. The Boilermakers have an awesome threesome in E’Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, and Robbie Hummel. Moore leads the team with 13.6 points per game with Johnson nipping at his heels with 13.4 points per contest. However, Hummel likely could be the biggest asset with 12 points per game while really helping out on the glass with 7 boards per game. Purdue will need all the help they can get against the boards considering Michigan State is one of the better rebounding teams in America. The Boilermakers appear to be prime for the big win as many are expecting them to chalk up a big victory against the Spartans come Tuesday.
What to watch for…
The Spartans offense and the Boilermakers defense will be the fun battle to watch. The Spartans own the conference’s best scoring offense with 75 ppg while the Boilermakers sport the 2nd best scoring defense in the conference holding opponents to only 57 ppg. Raymar Morgan health could be a primary aspect for the way this game plays out. If Morgan can play up to his potential then I believe the Spartans get the slight edge, if not the edge goes back to Purdue.
Pick – Game means more to Purdue. Boilermakers -3
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