Is everyone still OK? Is everyone still riding high on the Jim Harbaugh buzz? I hope so. Because what you (maybe) just endured was one of the worst Michigan basketball games in memory. The Wolverines went ice cold in the second half once again to give Purdue a 64-51 win.
Spike Albrecht had something of a breakout game with 17 points on 4 of 7 shooting, but it was pretty silent outside of him. Max Bielfeldt contributed two 3’s, but no Wolverine other than Spike was able to climb into double digits.
Purdue deserves a lot of credit for utilizing its tremendous size advantage, but it wasn’t like the Boilermakers excelled and won it handily—the way they probably should have.
Vince Edwards and A.J. Hammons towered over Michigan and dominated in the paint. Hammons recorded two of the team’s three blocks on the day and occupied Michigan defenders the entire game. His presence was heavily felt for the Boilermakers, as you’d expect it to be.
At the 19:14 mark in the second half, Zak Irvin hit a 2-point jumper. The next made field goal for the Wolverines wouldn’t come until 6:40 remaining, when Caris LeVert hit a floater over the outstretched Hammons.
Uh, that’s a problem.
That continues to be one of the negative stories of Michigan’s season. The Wolverines go cold in the second half and really struggle to get it going offensively. The only reason Michigan didn’t lose by 25 to Purdue was because the Boilermakers also had their struggles in the second half.
Michigan drops to 1-1 in the Big Ten with this loss, and path to the NCAA Tournament continues to be an uphill battle.
Michigan Team Leaders
Points: Spike Albrecht — 17
Assists: Caris LeVert — 3
Rebounds: Caris LeVert — 5
Purdue Team Leaders
Points: Vince Edwards — 16
Assists: Rapheal Davis — 6
Rebounds: A.J. Hammons — 12
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.