Game #8 Preview Notes

March 2, 2007

Game Eight • No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Michigan State
Conseco Fieldhouse • Indianapolis

Purdue and Michigan State have met just one time in the Big Ten Tournament, which was played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 1996 during the tournament's second-ever event. The Boilermakers, the No. 4 seed the year, defeated No. 5 Michigan State 74-66 in the first round.

With its win over Wisconsin in the quarterfinals, Purdue is 23-7 (.767) all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and have the most tournament wins of any school in the conference. The Boilermakers also have a conference-best five tournament championships.

Including its win over Minnesota in the quarterfinal round, Michigan State is 7-11 (.389) in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans won their first tournament title in 2005 as the No. 2 seed.

Purdue advanced for the ninth time in the Big Ten Tournament with its win over Wisconsin. Michigan State advanced for the seventh time after beating Minnesota.

The Boilermakers have advanced to the semifinal round 10 times in the 13-year history of the tournament and is 8-1 in previous semifinal games. On just three occasions (1995, 1997 and 2005) has Purdue not been one of the final four teams.

Michigan State has reached the semifinals six times, including this year, which is the fourth-consecutive time. The Spartans are 1-4 in previous semifinal games. The lone win was back in 2005, the year MSU won the tournament title. No. 2 Michigan State knocked off No. 3 Penn State in that year, 83-76. The Spartans also advanced to the semis in 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 32-19. The two teams split the 2006-07 games. The Boilermakers claimed a 70-60 win in East Lansing back on Jan. 11. The Spartans then avenged their loss with a 54-52 nail biter a month later, on Feb. 11.