Michigan State fought off a late rally by Purdue to win the Big Ten Tournament Final by a score of 66-62. Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with 15 points while also adding 10 rebounds and nine assists, furthering his case for Player of the Year.
It was a slow shooting night for Michigan State, who only shot 42 percent from the field as a team, but the Spartans’ strong defense and experience was able to take advantage of the Boilermakers’ streaky guards. Purdue shot just 38 percent from the field and 20 percent from long range and just couldn’t get the ball rolling from an offensive standpoint despite forcing 10 Michigan State turnovers.
As a result, Michigan State is headed back to the NCAA Tournament on a quest of redemption. The Spartans made the Final Four last year as a No. 7 seed before losing to eventual champion Duke, and this year could be different now that a top seed is almost certainly in the cards.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for more updates from Michigan State’s path to the tournament!
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