Offensively in the first half, MSU did a great job of exposing the post. Tom Izzo understood that Purdue had no personnel in the post that could check Derrick Nix. Nix used his great footwork and ability to score over both shoulders very well.
The silent X-Factor in the first half was Brandon Dawson with 8 points and 8 rebounds. He did a great job of getting involved on both sides of the court.
Draymond Green started off strong with two early three pointers but unfortunately entered some foul trouble and was forced to sit down early in the first half.
Defensively the Spartans were horrible in the first half; they seem to have disregarded the scouting report and allowed Lewis Jackson to penetrate and score as he ended the half with 9 points.
Robbie Hummel basically abused the Spartans the entire first half with his great shooting and hustle plays, he ended the half with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Lastly the real achilles heel for the Spartans in the first half was free throws as MSU missed all four of their free throws and Purdue made seven out of their twelve free throws.
In the second however, the Spartans came out like the defensive unit we know and turned their defensive stops in to points.
Green was the big story of the second half after being forced to sit early in the first half due to foul trouble. In the second half he looked like a man on a mission and truly took over the game in every way.
Green has a way of understanding exactly what his team's needs, whether it's a key rebound, an assist or a basket. On the day he finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists posting a double-double and nearly a triple-double.
Dawson and Austin Thornton were the two other key contributors in this game. Thornton had a total of 17 points and did a great job of hitting open jump shots and drawing a couple of fouls. Dawson was even more impressive posting a double-double of his own with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Defensively he did well finishing the game with 2 blocks.
Keith Appling was semi impressive but not with his scoring but more with his good floor management. He had only 7 points but had 5 assists and only one turnover. All Appling has to do is learn how to combine his floor management skills and scoring ability together on a consistent basis and he will truly be great.
Defensively the Spartans were great; they truly came out on a different level in the second half forcing Purdue to shoot tough shots and caused the Boilermakers to shoot less than 25% from the field in the second half.
Hummel was great with 24 points and 15 rebounds while Jackson posted 15 points and 5 assists. The Spartans did a great job defensively of stopping the Boilermakers and turning their great defensive stops in to great offense.
This win was big for the Spartans, for the fact that it was a good road win but also because it gives the Spartans a cushioned lead in the Big Ten Standings.
I said this game would be a battle between Green and Hummel and I was right, both gentlemen were amazing in this game. However Green was the one who truly triumphed in this game and led his team to victory. Green has truly shown that there is no question that he is and should be the Big Ten Player of The Year and possibly the Naismith College Player of the Year Award as well.