Game Preview: Michigan @ Purdue

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Tomorrow, the U of M basketball squad laces up against the Purdue Boilermakers at 2:15 p.m. and will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

Michigan (8-5) opened Big 10 play on Tuesday, defeating Illinois 73-65 in OT, while Purdue (9-5) won their first Big 10 game on Wednesday, defeating Minnesota 72-68.

Michigan has won their last two games after going on a four game skid before their two game win streak.

At a glanceā€¦

MICHIGAN PURDUE
RECORD 8-5 9-5
PPG 68.1 75.9
OPP PPG 62.1 65.4
FG% 42.6% 46.3%
T/O PG 9.7 13.0
STREAK W2 W1

 

Team Leaders…

MICHIGAN PURDUE
PPG Caris LeVert 15.2 Kendall Stephens 11.2
REBOUNDS Caris LeVert 5.2 Vince Edwards 5.9
ASSISTS Caris LeVert 4.0 Jon Octeus 2.6

 

Leading the way in scoring for Purdue is Sophomore Kendall Stephens, averaging just a little over 11 PPG, while shooting 43.5 percent from 3 point range. In their previous game against Minnesota, he went for 19 points. Michigan will have to shut him down defensively if they want to keep the game close.

Michigan needs as many conference wins as they can get for numerous reasons. First off, conference wins in college basketball are huge down the stretch of the season if anyone wants to win their respected conference. With as good as the Big 10 is, Michigan needs as many of the conference wins as they can get.

Michigan needs this win to boost their confidence even more. They just don’t have that spark of intensity that they’ve had in previous years with guys like Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas.

Prediction…

This will be a tough test for the Wolverines. They need to fix their problems, get 100 percent healthy, and shoot better from beyond the arc to turn their season around. I think Michigan will win but it will be a close game.

Michigan 71, Purdue 66

Von Lozon
Assistant Manager at TBHR. Senior at Central Michigan University double majoring in Broadcasting and Journalism. U of M fan since birth. Loud guitar and all Michigan sports are my passions in life. Follow me on Twitter @von_lozon