The 4 game march to a Big Ten championship begins tonight. Purdue always seems to play Michigan tough, even with inferior competition. Whether they keep it close today probably depends on whether A.J. Hammons shows up or disappears, as he is prone to do. The good guys prevail tonight, 74-62. Predictions?
75-68, Michigan, in a 65 possession game.
Tempt not the KenPom Gods.
A game will be played
for a return to averages. At that point, we are likely down by 10 with some guy on Purdue shooting 80% from 3. The way we start games is bad for my health.
And West Lafayette will still suck.
Road game after an emotional victory over a rival = too close for comfort
Make thy free throws...
I think this is the biggest game left on our schedule. Maybe not the best team, but the biggest game. Lose this and we are back in a fight with MSU for the title. Win it and we come home with a chance to win and be one up with only 2 games to go (or more if MSU slips up in the next 2 games).
It would be great to win 3 straight and then hang a banner on Senior night against Indiana.
At this point, just win. The final score could be 2-1 with a last-second dunk by Dakich for all I care.
Here's how TeamRankings would compare Michigan and Purdue:
|Avg Score Margin||+10.1||+1.6|
|Effective FG %||55.6%||47.4%|
|Off Rebound %||26.7%||34.9%|
|Opp Effective FG %||49.2%||47.7%|
I will say that they also seem to smite KenPom this time around, instead opting to go with a Vegas Implied 72.5 to 67.5 median projected score. Hopefully, KenPom's representatives will talk to the site owner and the bookie regarding predictions moving forward.
I will be in attendance, also.
Stauskas will be serving pancakes.
Michigan - 82
Purdue - 68
Or maybe not. I think Purdue has thrown in the towel on their season. Hopefully they allow as many open 3-pointers against us as they did for Sparty.
1. No Injuries
2. Victory for Michigan
I don't care if Michigan wins 39-38 on a bad call in triple overtime. Just give me health and give me victory.
You got a little nervous when Nik landed on his elbow too, eh?
you guys do realize that survivor is premiering tonight right? beauty brains brawn! definitely watching that instead of the second half.
fuck? Seriously? Are you a high school chick?
Edit: void if /s.
after Michigan wins tonight it would be a good time to buy tickets to the game @ Illinois. If you wait until after the Minnesota game prices will increase greatly. Lets invade Assembly Hall next Wednesday!
I am confused on that one. We already played and lost there this year. We don't have a return visit so why again are we going there next Wednesday?
certain Illinois' place is also called Assembly Hall.
Like Wildcats as a nickname I assume. Was also confused as the game is listed for Illinois on Tuesday night.
Not Wednesday, sorry.
Not sure if you're just being unnecessarily nitpicky as is the status quo on MGoBlog, but Illinois' basketball arena also used to be known as Assembly Hall (NTAH). This year, in a move that made Dave Brandon grin from ear to ear, it was renamed the State Farm Center.
The other Assembly Hall. Although it may have changed its name to generic corporate sponsor arena, I'm not sure.
for 50 years, ill continue to call it that. I was wrong about the day though. Better make it Tuesday.
Win the damn game.
Just don't get beat by one guy who goes off a la
1. Indiana: The Chronicles of Yogi Ferrell
2. Iowa: Why didn't UM land Marble?
3. Wisconsin: Frank Kaminsky averages 13ppg and drops 25 on UM.
Michigan 77 Boilermakers 66. Big game by GR3,,,,why? just a hunch. He is due.
Booo that man! not cool Don! i would rather be wrong in this instance than predict a Michigan loss to Purdue. Just saying.
Even though we are all thinking the same thing, you can't go out there and publically say it.
What meds? I've never had any meds. Don't need 'em as long as I have my Lagavulin handy.
You shouldn't worry anyhow. I haven't correctly picked a game all season.
a guess of 85-67 good guys.
An actual train is derailed but the park brake thing that always seems to snap off in the movies just happens to also snap off of this train. 14 casualties because of people ignoring the warning of their impending doom, and just want to get a great head-on picture for their Instagram. New safety precautions put in place, but always complained about.
What is this thing of which you speak?
The guys will be focused and I forsee a comfortable victory.
Don't care if we let Purdue score 100 as long as we get 101
With the win over State, Michigan is now confident, focused on the goal, but also playing loose. I believe they will really score LOTS, but will pull starters largely by the 10 minute point of the 2nd half, allowing Purdue to make the score semi-respectable. (not really, but not curb-stomped as bad as earlier.)
I also think that Michigan is annoyed with being thought a terrible team at the beginning of games, and a terrible defensive game. For this reason, I suspect that will come out with great intensity, and will be highly focused on their own defensive play. If they can ratchet up their defense a bit, and start games better, this bodes well for the Big 10 Tourney and the NCAA Tourney.
74-59 - Michigan
We're due for a letdown, but it is Purdue and they're coming off two bad losses. I would take them with the points, but we'll squeak by with a close win.
65-58 good guys.
I think we come out flat in an ugly game. Purdue simply is horrible and slowly loses control.
I'm nervous the team will be a little lackadaisical. But they'll still win. 65-60 UM.
Everyone is saying all the right things and everyone knows this is a trap game, but still, I have that sick nervousness. It's a trap game.
Hammons usually isn't will he or won't he against us - for whatever reason, he always seems to show against us. And he's way more talented than either of our bigs. Purdue, with nothing to lose, at home, getting the conference leader in their building - terrifying.
This team, as great as they have been, still struggles to identify and guard the shooter - see wide open threes by Trice and Harris even in the second half of last game. On at least one of those, Glenn allowed himself to get caught up inside and left his man wide open. That Stephens kid on Purdue can shoot, and if we don't identify him on the perimeter and guard him, they could get on a dangerous roll against us.
I'm hoping this team has turned the corner and really is as focused on Purdue as they say they are - so I still want to say win - but there's plenty to fear tonight.
Jump on them early and Purdue may just roll over.