|Penn State||T Frazier 16.3||R Travis 7.0||D (DJ) Newbill 4.0|
|Michigan||T Burke 18.2||M McGary 6.0||T Burke 7.0|
On Sunday, No. 4 Michigan welcomes Penn State at Crisler Arena. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. EST and you can see it on Big Ten Network. The Wolverines are 6-2 against the Nittany Lions over the last four years. The last time they met (Mar. 4, 2012) they won 71-65.
Michigan is in third place in the conference, Penn State is in 12th place.
The Wolverines were defeated by Michigan State 75-52 on Feb. 12 despite 18 points from Trey Burke. He contributes a team-leading 18.2 points per game, 7 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. For the Nittany Lions, Devonte (DJ) Newbill finished with 26 points and 8 rebounds in the 74-72 loss to Iowa on Feb. 14. He is averaging 16.2 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4 per game.
There are three key statistical areas where Michigan has an advantage. The Wolverines will put a stronger offensive effort on the floor with an edge against the Nittany Lions in assists, 15 per game to 9 per game. In addition, Michigan has an advantage in field goal percentage, 49 percent to 38 percent. And lastly, the Wolverines have the edge in scoring, 76 points per game to 60 points per game. A key area of strength for Penn State is defensive rebounding percentage at 73.2 percent, which ranks second in their conference (and 19th nationally).
Penn State StatSmack
- Michigan allows fewer rebounds (30.4 allowed per game vs. 33.7 allowed per game) than Penn State this season.
- Since 1998, Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Penn State (11 vs. zero).
- Tim Hardaway Jr is ranked 5th in the Big Ten in points and 9th in the Big Ten in three-pointers.
- It's only wins and losses, but Michigan has a better overall record than Penn State this season (21-4 vs. 8-15).
- Michigan players are more experienced than Penn State players (11,952 minutes played vs. 11,667 minutes played).
- Michigan has a much better Kiplinger In-State Ranking than Penn State (No. 22 vs. No. 44).
- Michigan has an average margin of victory of 10 over Penn State in 25 wins since 1993.
- The Michigan assist leader (Trey Burke, 174 assists) has more assists than the Penn State assist leader (Devonte (DJ) Newbill, 93 assists).
- Michigan has a stronger schedule than Penn State this season (SOS Rank: No. 13 vs. No. 59).
- The Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas, 61 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Penn State three-point leader (Jermaine Marshall, 38 three-pointers).
- Trey Burke is ranked 23rd nationally in points, 9th in the Big Ten in three-pointers, 5th nationally in assists, and 8th in the Big Ten in steals.
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||15||5||2||1||1||2|
|B+||G. Robinson III||33||11||5||1||1||0||1|