Kalin Lucas played like the former Big Ten Player of the Year that he is Friday night, leading the Michigan State Spartans to their second win in two days at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Lucas had 30 points off of 15 shots and simply tore through the Boilermaker defense in both halves.
Aside from the scoring of Kalin Lucas though, the Spartans enjoy a very large rebounding advantage over Purdue, pulling down 41 boards to their 28, with eight offensive grabs to boot.
For Purdue, it was a valiant effort for JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, who played 38 minutes each and combined for 38 points, and 14 rebounds. The All Big Ten players played well, but the supporting cast didn't do much in the way of supporting, totaling just 18 points and going 3-16 from deep as a team.
This is the second straight disappointing loss for Purdue, and heading into Selection Sunday with two straight losses is never optimal. This loss very well could knock Purdue out of a chance for a two seed, and could keep them from playing in a close by regional location.