No proven star, but plenty of breakout candidates for Michigan State basketball
None of those candidates, though, wear a Michigan State uniform. Brown admits he hasn’t always been consistent throughout his Michigan State career and knows more will be expected of him this year. His first season playing at Michigan State didn’t pan out the way anyone hoped (9.7 points per game, 34 percent from 3-point range). “I don’t think anyone’s seen the real Joey Hauser,” Izzo said. So while Michigan State may not have any player of the year candidates at the start of the season, he isn’t ruling out that it will have some at the end.mlive.com
North Texas comes up big with 78-69 upset over Purdue
For an underdog named Javion Hamlet and his group of scrapping North Texas teammates, that was an easy question. “I’ve been waiting for this opportunity my whole life, just to show the world who Javion Hamlet is,” he said. North Texas’ pesky defense held them to 36% from the field. “You never know what happens when you get out there and scrap,” North Texas coach Grant McCasland said. North Texas moves on to play Friday night’s winner between Winthrop and Villanova.
Edey, No. 23 Purdue beat Indiana for 9th straight time
Purdue has won nine straight in the series, matching the second-longest streak in school history. The Boilermakers also won nine straight from 1929-35 when future coach John Wooden was playing, plus they won 12 straight from 1908-14. It quickly cut a 29-20 deficit to 35-31 early in the second half before the Boilermakers answered with eight straight points. Starting guard Armaan Franklin missed his fourth straight game (right foot). The Boilermakers won despite going 6 of 21 on 3s and having 15 turnovers.
How to watch and listen to Michigan State vs. Purdue
Michigan State forward Aaron Henry (0) looks to pass the ball while being guarded by Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) and center Zach Edey (15) in the second half of their Big Ten basketball game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, on Friday, January 8, 2021. Purdue won the game, 55-54. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.commlive.com
No. 7 Michigan uses strong defense to rout Purdue 70-53
7 Michigan relied on a staunch defense to beat Purdue 70-53 on Friday night. Purdue made its first two 3s in the second half and cut the deficit to 42-32 with 14:58 to play. But the Wolverines answered with six straight points. Purdue: While the Boilermakers had been the Big Ten's hottest team, they sputtered without Stefanovic on the perimeter. ... Livers has had six straight games in double figures.