3 things we learned from Michigan State basketball's win over Purdue

Michigan State Basketball

In one of the biggest battles of the college basketball season, Miles Bridges led No. 4 Michigan State to a 68-65 home win over No. 3 Purdue.

The Michigan State Spartans and the Purdue Boilermakers tied their match play final 3-3, and the teams shared the Big Ten Match Play Championship title at the Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course. Sensation Scottie Lindsey scored a team-high 20 points on 40-percent shooting from the field. That win leaves Ohio State alone in first place in the Big Ten standings with four games left to play. I thought in the first half we had a good balance of making some threes and going inside to him so we wanted to keep going into them, and since they were staying one-on-one, just keep it simple. No. 14 Ohio State completed a regular-season sweep with a 82-64 victory in a game that got out of hand early in the second half. Michigan State jumped in front for the first time when Bridges made a jumper near the top of the key with 9:06 left. That and the belief the Buckeyes can win every game they play; Something they didn't have a year ago. Their only loss in 10 games since came on a three-point heave by Penn State.

"Definitely", Winston said. "I was real consistent, I was real solid, I made some big plays".

Keita Bates-Diop leads the Big Ten in scoring, but had "just" 14 points for Ohio State.

IN basketball did not play on Saturday night, but they did gain ground on the top dogs of the conference when Northwestern fell to the Terrapins of Maryland. As one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country, nobody expects them to shoot 30-percent from beyond the arc, but that's exactly what they did.

Bridges' deep 3 with 3 seconds to play was good.

Baylor 80, No. 10 Kansas 64: Manu Lecomte scored eight straight points for Baylor (15-10, 5-7) after Big 12 co-leader Kansas (19-6, 8-4) had pulled within a basket, and the senior guard finished with 18 overall in the Bears' upset victory.

Coming off a last-second win earlier this week at Purdue, you sort of wondered if the Buckeyes (22-5, 13-1) might be ripe for an emotional letdown here. His eight points represented his lowest total since January 7.

Forward Donta Hall and guard Collin Sexton led the Tide with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and guard John Petty chipped in with 14. Lard also had 17 rebounds. Grant Williams scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half.

Iowa didn't get the production from its back court that it did in the 96-93 loss to Michigan State.

Fellow rookie Cam Lard had 19 points with 17 rebounds for the Cyclones (13-11, 4-8 Big 12). The Huskies hit 47 of their 66 shots.

Dejan Vasiljevic led the Hurricanes with 17 points and Chris Lykes added 16 as Miami (18-6, 7-5) snapped its three-game winning streak.

Oklahoma State 88, No. 19 West Virginia 85: Kendall Smith and Cameron McGriff each scored 20 points and Oklahoma State (15-10, 5-7) beat another ranked team on the road, topping West Virginia (18-7, 7-5). They scored 14 combined against Purdue.

Purdue led much of the day on the road, avoiding mistakes with its first turnover coming almost 30 minutes into the game.

Torin Dorn scored 21 points to lead the Wolfpack. Bowman added 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as Boston College (15-10, 5-7 ACC) won for the second time in three tries.

As McCaffery noted postgame, he shot 11 free throws in the game, one more than Iowa did.