Purdue vs Michigan Basketball: Purdue Looks to Respond Following Poor Effort

James EvensCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12:  Robbie Hummel #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs during the Big Ten game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio State won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Purdue Boilermakers are looking to rebound from what was a very poor performance against Michigan State, a game in which they lost 83-58. 

Purdue's Robbie Hummel recorded his first career game without a single basket, going 0-11 from the field with two free throws. 

Purdue couldn't get it going offensively against MSU, shooting just 29 percent from the field and 15 percent from beyond the arc, compared to their season average of 43 percent from the field and 35 percent from the field. 

Tempers were flaring and there was just something about this horrible loss that really got under the skin of Matt Painter.

The Boilermakers are ready to move on, though, as they are set to face the 22nd Michigan Wolverines at Mackey Arena.

Purdue has gotten the best of the Wolverines in five of their last six meetings and look to get back on track against them. 

Purdue will need a great game if they want to beat Michigan.

Michigan has so many weapons that it will be difficult to contain everyone, but with Purdue's stark man-to-man defense, Purdue should be able to keep the Wolverines in check, but it's not defense that has plagued Purdue this season.

Purdue needs to get hot offensively and needs a lot of help from beyond the arc. Currently in a slump, Ryne Smith needs to show up in Mackey Arena and get the house rocking.

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20:  Jamie Skeen #21 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams looks to pass against D.J. Byrd #21 of the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 2
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Along with the offensive presence, Purdue needs to come out with a lot of energy. Unlike teams of the past, this team is either ready to play or not, and they need to come out ready to play in this one or it could be a long game for Purdue.

Although this will be a close game, Purdue should win.

Purdue hasn't lost back to back games all season. Along with their ability to rebound after tough losses, Purdue is very good against ranked teams at home. 

Purdue has won five straight in Mackey Arena against ranked opponents. 

Look for the Boilermakers to come out strong in this one and play with a lot of heart and energy, and prove to the fan-base that this team isn't done despite the current displeasure.