The 7 foot 4 inch tower known as Zach Edey and the Purdue Boilermakers are coming to East Lansing.
Purdue is ranked number 3 in the country, and number 1 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have only lost once this year, a shocker to Rutgers.
This game will be a tall task for the Spartans as they come off a disappointing loss to Illinois. A game that exposed Michigan State’s weakness in the post. Something Purdue excels at.
Game Time: Monday, January 16th at 2:30 PM US East Coast time (It’s MLK Day so apparently they think it’s ok to put games in the afternoon…)
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Some basics to sound like a pro:
Michigan State has proven itself to be two different teams this year. With Malik Hall healthy for a full game, MSU has only lost once. Without Hall the team struggles substantially, including the final 8 minutes against Illinois on Friday night where the Spartans let that game slip away. Particularly, MSU’s defense struggles without Hall, by some assessments being in the top 15 nationally with him and below 125th without him.
Hall’s health is unclear going into this game, though even if he plays, it is assumed he may be substantially limited. MSU will need to find another way to defend, as it presumably sends waves of Mady Sissoko, Carson Cooper and Jaxon Kohler at Edey.
Purdue is one of the few truly dominant teams in college basketball this year. Other than their surprising loss to Rutgers, Purdue has efficiently handled almost everyone they have played.
The team is led by 7’4” center Zach Edey, a mountain of a player that seems to have improved his game leaps and bounds this year.
Purdue has been tested by a few Big Ten Teams on the road, including an overtime escape at Nebraska and a two point win at Ohio State. Michigan State will have to hope that Purdue’s road (semi) struggles continue at Breslin.
BBD: 76-61 Purdue (It pains me to pick against MSU, but if Hall doesn’t play, or is limited, this game could get ugly)