Saturday, January 21, 2012
Purdue loses by 25
And while certainly not an excuse, it was most definitely a factor.
It stayed competitive with Michigan State for the entire first half, only trailing by 7, 31-24. But Michigan State played very sloppy and made several mistakes that made it easier for Purdue to stay in it.
In the second half State was not so nice. Michigan State blew the game wide open in the opening minutes of the half, cruising to a 83-58 victory.
When your opponent shoots above 60 percent in a half while you shoot under 30 percent, the chances that you will win are slim to none. It's even harder to win when your leading scorer shoots 0-for-11 from the field and scores just 2 points.
I mentioned this little 5-game stretch as a crucial one for Purdue and its tournament chances.
Up next is Michigan.