|Purdue||T Johnson 13.3||A Hammons 6.3||R Johnson 3.4|
|Michigan||T Burke 18.0||G Robinson III 5.8||T Burke 7.2|
Purdue visits Crisler Arena on Thursday to take on No. 2 Michigan. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Boilermakers are 4-2 against the Wolverines over the last four years. They won 75-61 on 2/25/2012 the last time they played.
Purdue is in 6th place in the conference, Michigan is in 2nd place.
In their last outing, behind 17 points and 5 rebounds from D.J. Byrd, the Boilermakers blew out West Virginia 79-52 on January 19th. In addition to his 10.4 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.8 rebounds per game. For the Wolverines, Trey Burke put up 18 points and 9 assists in the 83-75 win over Minnesota on January 17th. He contributes a team-leading 18.0 points per game, 7.2 assists per game, and 1.2 steals per game.
Michigan has a statistical edge over Purdue in two key areas. The Wolverines have an advantage over the Boilermakers in field goal percentage, with an average of 51% to 42%. Additionally, Michigan has an edge over Purdue in scoring, 79 points per game to 66 points per game. Michigan sits near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: effective field goal percentage at 58.4, turnover percentage at 15.0, and defensive rebounding percentage at 74.8.
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Purdue has come back to win after being down at half against Michigan 4 times since 1997.
- Michigan has to pay up to win. The coach for Purdue has a much lower base salary than Michigan ($1,398,120 vs $1,600,000).
- At least you keep showing up. Purdue has an average margin of victory of 11 over Michigan in 36 wins since 1980.
- Purdue takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Michigan (7 vs 3).
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Purdue has had more players drafted by the NBA than Michigan (4 vs 2).
- The Purdue basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Michigan (67% vs 36%).
- D.J. Byrd is ranked 10th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- Purdue has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Michigan ($19,459 vs $23,019).
- We win when it counts, too. Purdue has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Michigan (9 vs 2).
|A||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||16||5||3||1||1||2|
|A-||G. Robinson III||32||12||6||1||1||0||1|