Michigan vs. Purdue: Full Game Preview
|Michigan||T Burke 18.9||M McGary 5.6||T Burke 6.9|
|Purdue||T Johnson 12.9||A Hammons 6.3||R Johnson 3.9|
On Wednesday, No. 7 Michigan heads to Mackey Arena to take on Purdue. It gets started at 7 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Wolverines beat the Boilermakers 68-53 on Jan. 24 and are 3-4 against them over the last four years.
Michigan is currently in second place in the Big Ten and Purdue is in ninth.
In a 58-57 win over Michigan State on Mar. 3, Trey Burke put up 21 points and eight assists for the Wolverines. He contributes a team-leading 18.9 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 1.6 steals per game. In a 69-56 victory over Wisconsin on Mar. 3, D.J. Byrd put up 22 points and eight rebounds for the Boilermakers. He is averaging 10.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Michigan appears to have a key statistical advantage over Purdue in one area, scoring, where the Wolverines have an edge over the Boilermakers, 75.4 points per game to 64.4 points per game.
- Michigan has a better record at home than Purdue this season (17-0 vs. 10-5).
- Michigan is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Michigan is 78.4 inches compared to 77.4 inches for Purdue.
- Diaper Dandies love Michigan. Michigan has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Purdue (17 vs. 5).
- Michigan is better under pressure, and has defeated Purdue in five out of the last six games decided by five points or fewer.
- It's only wins and losses, but Michigan has a better overall record than Purdue this season (24-5 vs. 14-15).
- Michigan has a potent offense, scoring more points (75.4 per game vs. 64.4 per game) than Purdue this season.
- Michigan has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Purdue this season (eight vs. two).
- Michigan allows fewer rebounds (31.0 allowed per game vs. 34.5 allowed per game) than Purdue this season.
- Michigan has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (50 percent vs. 73 percent).
- Since 1998, Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Purdue (11 vs. three).
- Michigan is a better free-throw-shooting team (70.5 percent vs. 63.2 percent) than Purdue this season.
|A-||Tim Hardaway Jr||34||15||5||2||1||1||2|
|B+||G. Robinson III||33||11||5||1||1||0||1|