Miles Bridges rises to the moment for Michigan State

Wednesday night gave us an epic showdown in West Lafayette, Indiana, as Ohio State came to Mackey Arena and emerged with a huge 64-63 victory to forge a first-place tie with Boilermakers atop the Big Ten standings at 12-1.

Miles Bridges trolled ESPN analyst Dan Dakich after hitting a big shot for Michigan State on Saturday. It hasn't been the best though. Big key wins could also have the line being a inflated. Michigan State and Purdue will need help to catch them. Although it won't have a chance to avenge its loss to Ohio State, this game could have seeding implications for both teams. One win and, at worst, Purdue would have remained in a tie for first place. The difference though is that the Boilermakers game against the Buckeyes was an instant classic.

"This is our third top five game of the year, us versus Duke, us versus Notre Dame and now us versus Purdue".

Yet Michigan State found a way to stay in the game. This week he had 10 points and a season high-tying eight rebounds in a loss to Nebraska.

After those string of three games, the Spartans started this winning streak. The Hawkeyes, boasting a 12-14 record and just 3-10 in the Big Ten, have lost five of their last seven.

Haas took, but Carsen Edwards (14 points) was the only other Boilermaker in double figures, and he needed 15 shots to get here. With the home crowd buzzing with the resurgence of Ohio State basketball, it should be the added boost needed for the Buckeyes to secure a victory. Nick Ward, Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston and Jaren Jackson Jr. are all averaging in double figures and quite hard to defend. Not to be outdone by his backcourt mate, senior two-guard Dakota Mathias shoots 46.6 percent from 3-point territory while pouring just more than 12 points per contest. Keep your eye on freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV, who is averaging 11.5 points per night.

The Iowa Hawkeyes head coach admires Buckeyes counterpart Chris Holtmann, who replaced Thad Matta this past June. One of Haas' baskets in this stretch was a particularly feathery fadeaway jumper that he made despite a foul. In those six games Haas has poured in 20 ppg, but the Boilermakers have averaged just 7.3 made 3-pointers. He's got 61 made three-pointers for the season and contributes a little bit of everything. She had missed three games with an illness but played in the last three.

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Bridges didn't have much to say about it. He has 4.4 assists per game, hits 2.7 three-pointers per game and has come up with 35 steals this season. The Buckeyes could see an emotional letdown after the big win over Purdue, but I think the Buckeyes handle themselves tonight.

"You've got to do a lot of things (defensively)", McCaffery said.

Holtmann said Ohio State was outplayed in the second half at Iowa and noted that the Hawkeyes have improved since then with a healthier lineup. And Michigan State can. All in all, all six guys played really, really well at times this weekend. "What you are seeing with him is a more versatile player at both ends".

Not only does Tony Bennett's team play its signature defense, the execution of the offense is usually quite efficient on the most important possessions of the game. But this team just isn't good at it. A lot of them have been starters at one point.

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Bridges was supposed to drive to the hoop when Michigan State got the ball into its star player's hands on the final possession of the No. 4 Spartans' biggest game to date this season.


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