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Michigan Basketball (17-1, 4-1) will host Purdue (10-8, 3-2) on Thursday at Crisler Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7:02pm and the game will be televised on ESPN. The Wolverines are 26-1 at home over the course of the past two seasons. The sole loss came at the hands of these Boilermakers on Senior Night last season.
Purdue has 3 players averaging double figures in scoring; Terone Johnson (13.3), DJ Byrd (10.4) and AJ Hammons (10.3). In conference action, Hammons is averaging a Big Ten best 3.4 blocks per game. Like all Purdue teams, they are stout defensively and good on the glass. The Boilers have won 6 of their last 8 games, although they haven’t really beat anybody notable during that streak. Purdue has gone small in their last 3 games by playing 6-foot-5 freshman Rapheal Davis at the 4.
Michigan is ranked #2 in the AP Poll and #3 in the coaches poll. They were on the road last week for two battles against ranked opponents. They fell way behind at Ohio State and then nearly stole the game late, but dropped a 56-53 heartbreaker. They rebounded nicely by handling Minnesota at The Barn on Thursday. Now they return home where it is imperative that they take care of business. In the brutal world of Big Ten basketball they can’t afford to lose games at home.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway Jr picked up his second Big Ten Player of the Week award last week and has been playing the best basketball of his career. He is averaging a career best points (16.4), rebounds (5.4), assists (2.6), field goal percentage (48.5) and three-point field goal percentage (39.3). More importantly Hardaway is playing with an edge and when he gets that certain look in his eye, it’s bad news for the opposition.
The Wolverines are without a doubt one of the most exciting offensive teams in the country, see Robinson”s dunk below for one example. John Beilein has turned this extremely talented group of players loose and they are fun to watch. Michigan leads the nation in points per possession (1.23). Other areas where the Wolverines excel include; not fouling (they lead the country in fewest fouls per game), assist to turnover ratio (they rank 3rd nationally), scoring margin (they rank 4th), field goal percentage (they rank 4th) and three-point accuracy (they rank 8th).
Keep an eye on Mitch McGary. The talented freshman keeps getting better. He has been outstanding on the boards and plays with an unbridled enthusiasm. McGary has also been expanding his comfort level on offense and is very good in the open court. He ranks second on the team in rebounding (7.2) and field goal percentage (60.8). In 5 conference games, McGary has 8 blocked shots.
Predictions: So far this season I am 17-1 and Joe is 16-2 predicting the outcome of Michigan Basketball games. Michigan is the superior team and returning home after last week’s gauntlet will be an added advantage for them. We both like the Wolverines to win this one.
Joe: Michigan 72-60
Rob: Michigan 82-66
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Michigan basketball (18-1, 5-1), looking to stake their claim as the #1 team in the nation, muscled past Purdue (10-9, 3-3) with a dominant 2nd half performance to grab a 68-53 win. Michigan trailed 33-32 going into halftime but outscored the Boilermakers 36-20 in the second frame to pull away.
Glenn Robinson III
How They Won
Michigan went toe-to-toe with a physical, in-your-face...
John Beilein and Jordan Morgan were both available to speak with the media on Wednesday to go over Michigan’s upcoming home match-up with Purdue Thursday night. You can watch the full interviews using the embedded media players below.
Jordan Morgan after the jump.
Michigan returns home for its first game at Crisler Center since January 9th in hopes of avenging its only home loss of the 2011-12 season while hosting Purdue. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (eastern) on ESPN (or streaming at Watch ESPN) with Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham on the call. Join in the discussion before, during and after the game in the comments section...
January is winding down, which means it’s time to re-introduce the UM Hoops Bracket Watch. Michigan finds itself in a somewhat unfamiliar position this season: vying for a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. The conference season is still young, but it’s not too early to project possibilities of where the Wolverines will land come tournament time.
Michigan is coming off of...
John Beilein often tells the story of Tim Hardaway Jr.’s freshman season when the Wolverine staff didn’t realize how effective Hardaway could be in ball screen situations until mid-way through his first season. The realization changed the course of Michigan’s season and Hardaway helped guide the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament round of 32.
The Michigan offense circa 2012...
Following Michigan’s big road victory at Minnesota, the Wolverines faced something they hadn’t seen since before Christmas: a long layoff. With a six-day break between games in the midst of the Big Ten season, Michigan got a chance to rest up after two straight difficult road match-ups.
The break wasn’t just useful for resting; John Beilein said his team was able to revisit...
Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas met with the media after Michigan’s 15 point home win over Purdue on Thursday evening. Watch the interviews in the embedded media players below:
McGary, Hardaway and Stauskas after the jump.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave No. 2 Michigan a boost on defense, helping the Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half for a 68-53 win Thursday night.
Purdue carried its recent hot shooting into Ann Arbor for a match-up with the No. 2 ranked Wolverines but it wasn’t enough. The Boilermakers hit five of their first seven three point attempts and led throughout most of the first half. Despite shooting 54% on triples in the first half, Purdue led by just one point at the break and would regress toward the mean in...
This past week, Tim Hardaway Jr. had two separate stat lines for the Michigan Wolverines that were diametrically opposed, but perfectly showcased his unquestioned importance to his team.
In a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes last Saturday, Hardaway was 5-15 shooting, 1-6 from three with only one assist. He finished with 12 points, and the Wolverines ended up losing a close game in...