No. 4/4 Michigan State Hosts No. 3/3 Purdue on Saturday
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
For the second time this year, Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will host another top-five ranked opponent when the No. 4 ranked Spartans host No. 3 Purdue at the Breslin Center on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.
Jud Heathcote Tribute Game
The matchup on Saturday against Purdue is the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game … George M. (Jud) Heathcote, who passed away at the age of 90 last August, coached the Michigan State men’s bas-ketball team from 1976-95, guiding the Spartans to 340 victories, three Big Ten titles, nine NCAA Tournament berths and one national title during his 19 seasons in East Lansing … Heathcote is the second-winningest coach in MSU history with a record of 340-220 (.607), including a 14-8 (.636) mark in the NCAA Tournament … His overall record was 420-273 (.606) over 24 seasons, including five years at Montana … In his third season in East Lansing, Heathcote led Michigan State to its first NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1979 and won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1978 and 1979 … During those two seasons, Heathcote had the opportunity to coach one of the game’s greatest players, All-American Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who propelled the Spartans to a 51-10 rec-ord in his two seasons at MSU ... A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1978 and 1986), Heath-cote coached seven All-Americans and 22 NBA players ... Five of his players won the Big Ten scoring title a total of six times ... During Heathcote’s tenure, MSU had at least one player among the first-team All-Big Ten selections in 12 of his 19 years.
On the Air
The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Bob Wischusen calling the play-by-play and Dick Vitale serving as the color analyst and Allison Williams on sidelines. The Spartan Sports Network radio call can be heard on one of 38 affiliates and on the web at SpartanSportsNetwork.com, with Will Tieman handling the play-by-play, Matt Steigenga serving as the expert color analyst and Dalton Shetler as the studio host. The game can also be heard on Sirius, XM and Internet 84.
• This is just the fourth-ever Michigan State home game to feature two teams ranked in the As-sociated Press Top Five, and the second this season.
• The Spartans beat then-No. 5 Notre Dame, 81-63, on Nov. 30 ... Prior to that, the last meeting was on Jan. 7, 2014, when then-No. 5 Michigan State hosted then-No. 3 Ohio State.
• The first meeting came during the 2012-13 season when No. 1 Indiana defeated No. 4 Michigan State, 72-68, on Feb. 19.
• This is the third Top-Five matchup of the season for MSU, who lost to No. 1 Duke, 88-81, in the Champions Classic in Chicago on Nov. 14.
Last Time Out
Miles Bridges had 25 points and a crucial steal with five seconds left and Michigan State rallied past Iowa 96-93 on Tuesday night for its seventh straight win … The Spartans led 48-42 at the break and extended it to nine points early in the second, but the Hawkeyes went on a 22-9 run and took a 68-64 lead on a Jordan Bohannon three at the 12:24 mark … Iowa extended its lead to eight points, 81-73, after a 3-pointer from Maishe Dailey and led by seven points, 83-76, on free throws from Cordell Pernsi with 6:50 to play … A dunk and a 3-pointer from freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. cut the lead to two points and MSU pulled within two points … The deficit was still five points, 88-83, with 4:24 left, but baskets from sophomore guard Joshua Langford and Bridges and a 3-pointer from Kenny Goins gave MSU a 90-89 lead ... Four free throws from Bridges and two more from Langford in the final minute helped MSU escape with the win … Bridges scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds and had four assists to lead four players in double figures ... Sophomore forward Nick Ward added 17 points and four re-bounds, Langford added 15 points and two assists and Jackson Jr. chipped in 11 points five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
• MSU returns to Breslin Center for its second-to-last home game of the regular season … The Spartans have played three of their last four games on the road and are away from home in five of seven games during February.
• MSU ranks No. 1 in the country in field goal percentage defense (36.1 percent), No. 3 in scoring margin (+18.4), No. 1 in blocked shots per game (8.0), No. 4 in rebound margin (+10.4) and No. 28 in scoring defense (65.3 ppg).
• MSU also ranks No. 2 in field goal percentage (51.7 percent), No. 1 in assists (20.2 apg) and No. 20 in scoring offense (83.7 ppg).
• Sophomore Miles Bridges is one of only three players in the country averaging at least 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.
• Michigan State and Purdue meet for the 122nd time on Feb. 10, with the Boilermakers leading the series, 68-53.
• The Spartans own a 31-26 advantage in games played in East Lansing.
• Purdue won both games last year, but the Spartans have won 24 of the last 36 games in the series, including eight of the last 11.
• Tom Izzo is 24-16 in his career against Purdue.
• Purdue enters the game on Saturday, Feb. 10 with a 23-3 overall record, including a 12-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play ... The Boilermakers are coming off a 64-63 loss to Ohio State at home on Wednesday night, the team’s first loss in league play and in 19 games.
• Sophomore guard Carson Edwards leads the team in scoring with 17.0 points and is second on the team with 61 3-point field goals ... He is one of four players scoring in double figures, joined by senior forward Vincent Edwards, who is averaging 15.3 points and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds.
• Senior center Isaac Haas is third on the team with 14.7 points, while adding 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, senior guard Dakota Mathias is fourth with 12.2 points and leads the team with 4.4 assists and freshman center Matt Hearns has blocked 66 shots (2.5 bpg).
• Purdue is second in the Big Ten in scoring offense (83.2 ppg) and third in scoring defense (64.2 ppg)