By Joe Murphy, Purdue AthleticsAUBURN HILLS, Mich.
— As the Purdue basketball team prepared to take the floor Saturday night for a nonconference matchup against the Marquette Golden Eagles, Purdue coach Greg Mattison had the same reaction as the rest of the Big Ten coaches, which included Indiana’s Tom Crean, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.
There’s not a lot of room for error, he said, and the Boilerbacks needed to execute in every aspect of the game.
Mattison and the rest will have a chance to improve their performance Sunday against the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
They have not lost in Big Ten play since March 3, and are 3-0 against the Spartans, who have won their last four games.
Purdue had won six of the previous seven meetings between the two teams, including the opening four of last season’s season series.
The Boilermen are in the midst of their second straight season sweep of the Spartans.
The Spartans (11-5, 3-1 Big Ten) are coming off a 97-74 win over Purdue on Saturday.
The win marked the first time in three years that the Spartans have won a Big Ten tournament game against a non-conference opponent.
The win, a season high, also marked Purdue’s sixth straight win in the Big 10 Tournament.
The team is 7-3 against Big Ten opponents this season.
Mattion has a history of winning at Purdue, which won the 2012 Big Ten Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first year in program history.
The Spartans are 13-3 since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2014.
Purdue has won seven straight at the Harris Bradley Arena, which opened in 1950 and was renovated in 2008.
The Terrapins have not won a game in its previous 11 trips to the Bradley Center since 2011-12.
Pippen is Purdue’s career leader in scoring (20.2 points per game), assists (1,826) and steals (1) and ranks second in scoring defense (101.3).
The Boilerback’s offense ranks sixth nationally in scoring and points per possession, averaging 104.2 per game.
Pauper is 2-2 in Big 12 tournament games, including winning its first five games of the tournament before falling to No. 7 Arizona on Sunday.
The Bears are coming into the tournament having won six straight games at home.
Pompeo is 5-1 against the Terrapings in the conference.
Puerto Rico (12-2, 4-2) is coming off its most impressive win of the season, beating Iowa 76-64 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
This marks the first meeting between the teams in the tournament since 2010, when the Bulldogs lost 76-62 at the Kohl Center.
The Hurricanes led 55-50 at halftime before Iowa responded with a 19-4 run to get within five late in the third quarter.
Iowa was ahead 42-36 entering the fourth quarter, but Puerto Rico went on a 6-0 run to take a 46-40 lead.
The Bulldogs’ last nine shots went in, including five from inside the arc.
Portero’s squad was on a roll late in that stretch, as the Bulldogs hit eight of its final nine 3-pointers.
The Hurricanes shot 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range.
The Boilers are 5-0 in conference play, winning four of their last five matchups.
The game was the last home game for the Spartans this season after they were eliminated from the Big East Tournament in the second round of last year’s tournament.
Pompano Beach, Fla., was the first game for Purdue since 2009-10.
The final five minutes of the first half were pivotal in the Boilers’ rout of Iowa, who entered the tournament trailing by three games in the race for a first-round bye.
It was the only game in the NCAA championship series between the Spartans and Boilerheads.
Petersen is 5/4 at home this season, winning seven of his last nine at home against the Wolverines.
The offense ranks No. 2 nationally in points per minute (18.0) and assists per minute of play (2.5).
The Boilers average 110.5 points per contest.
The Wolverines (13-4, 3 of 11) have won four straight and nine of 11 games against Purdue, but they are 2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Michigan has won its last three games against the Boppers.
Perez’s squad is 6-3 in Big 10 tournament games and 3-2 since moving to the Big Dance.
It is the first team to advance to the final four of the competition since winning the title in 2015.
The Wolverines have won