Purdue cruise to big victory
The Boilermakers of Purdue had little trouble with the Cougars of Chicago State over the weekend as the hosts rolled to a 111-42 triumph at the Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN.
A Glen Burns bucket to open the game was the only lead that the Cougars would have as the Boilermakers stormed to an early lead and then smothered Chicago State. Carsen Edwards led the way for Purdue with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 from the floor. Dakota Mathias added a further 18 as the Boilermakers shot 60.6 per cent from the floor.
A quick 2-0 to start the campaign after also routing the Cougars of SIU-Edwardsville to open the season, Purdue, 29.00 to win the NCAAB Championship outright, now head to Milwaukee to take on Marquette at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
A vastly experienced side, something of an anomaly in today's college basketball landscape, the Boilermakers are expected to challenge for the Big Ten title even if Michigan State are, at least on paper, by far and away the best side in the Conference.
The Spartans had little trouble with the North Florida Ospreys in their season-opener as Tom Izzo's side eased to the comfortable 98-66 victory. Miles Bridges paced the hosts at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI with 20 points as all five starters registered double figures.
Michigan State, 6.50 to win the NCAAB Championship outright, now head to the United Center in Chicago for an early season showdown against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (6.00). The Champions Classic also features Kentucky against Kansas as four of the Top 5 teams in the nation all play in the marquee event.
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