Michigan State basketball hosts Purdue, the top team in the league, for a big-time midday showdown on Monday, and if you’re wondering how you can watch the action live, you’ve come to the right place.
The Spartans are looking to rebound from blowing a nine-point second-half lead on Friday in a loss at Illinois. The loss to the Fighting Illini snapped a seven-game winning streak. Michigan State is 12-5 overall and 4-2 in league play this seson.
Purdue continues to roll with only one loss on the year — a one-point decision to Rutgers at home last week. The Boilermakers are 16-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play, which puts them alone at the top of the Big Ten.
Broadcast and Streaming Info
Here’s when you should tune in to see this game between Michigan State and Purdue:
Date: Jan. 16, 2023
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Fox
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch here)
Three Things to Watch
Here are three things to watch out for in this matchup between Michigan State and Purdue:
Getting back to Spartan basketball: Michigan State let a major road victory slip away from them on Friday night at Illinois. A big reason was the Spartans simply didn’t do the things they normally do so well to win. They gave up way too many easy buckets down the stretch, only had four assists as a team and didn’t hit a single 3 — finishing 0-for-7 from outside. If they play similar to this against Purdue, they will not win this game either.
Defending Zach Edey: Purdue center Zach Edey is one of the largest humans in college basketball at 7-foot-4 and 295 pounds. Michigan State — like many teams — doesn’t have a big that matches up with Edey and they also lack a ton of depth to throw multiple guys at Edey. How the Spartans come up with a plan for defending Edey will be key in this game.
Malik Hall’s status: The other major takeaway from Friday’s loss at Illinois was the injury suffered by Hall in the second half that kept him out the rest of the game. It appears it was a rolled ankle on the same foot he experienced an injury earlier this year. If it is related to that foot injury, the Spartans could be in trouble. We should know the degree of this injury based on how much or little Hall plays in this game.
Prediction: MSU 74, Purdue 71
I’m taking a leap of faith that Hall is fine and will give the Spartans some strong minutes in this game. Edey is going to be a problem for the Spartans, and I fully anticipate him going over his season average of 21 points per game. But I think Michigan State is going to be fine with Edey scoring as long as they can take away the other pieces, and that’s how the Spartans come up with the win.
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