Purdue ready for top-5 showdown
WEST LAFAYETTE —
Earlier this week, Purdue Basketball lost their first game since November.
The Boilermakers blew a 14 point second half lead to Ohio State, dropping their first Big Ten conference game this season.
That loss has made the race for a regular season championship even tighter as Purdue and the Buckeyes are tied atop the standings with the Boilers next opponent, Michigan State, just one game behind.
But as Head Coach, Matt Painter's team gears up to take on the 4th ranked Spartans, his team's focus is squarely on what they can do to get back in the win column not on the Big Ten title race.
"You go into games whether you're 10-1 or 10-5 or you know, the same way. I understand when you look at it from your perspective or you look at it from a race standpoint, you have to go play a heavyweight on Saturday against Michigan State so you know you have got to be able to box them out, you gotta be able to guard them you've gotta be able to keep them out of transition so your focus goes to those things not as much like we've lost a game and now we cant lose another one, you know?" Painter added, "You're not out here trading baseball cards um you've got to be able to go out and compete and battle somebody."
Purdue and Michigan State tip off at 4:00 p.m. ET Saturday.