#27 Michigan (17-5, 6-3)
at #2 Purdue (19-2, 8-0)
West Lafayette, Indiana
|WHEN||7 pm ET, Thursday|
Purdue -13 (KenPom)
Purdue -14.1 (Torvik)
Purdue -10 (Vegas)
PBP: Rece Davis
Analyst: Robbie Hummel
Right: Moe vs. Drago IV [Marc-Gregor Campredon]
Michigan's trip to face a white-hot Purdue squad represents something of a no-lose situation for the Wolverines. Neither the fancystat sites nor Vegas give Michigan much of a shot to win this one.
According to Bart Torvik's tourneycast, a loss would keep Michigan at their current standing as a projected 8-seed. A win, meanwhile, would shoot them all the way up to the 5-seed line. Barring a deep conference tourney run, this is easily M's best shot at getting off the dreaded 8/9 line and even get a little wiggle room to stay off of it. It'd also keep Michigan in contention for a rather shocking Big Ten regular season title; a loss almost certainly knocks them out of the race.
THE LAST TIME
Michigan was on the brink of handing Purdue their only conference loss until the Zaprudering.
THE LINEUP CARD
Projected starters are in bold. Hover over headers for stat explanations. The "Should I Be Mad If He Hits A Three" methodology: we're mad if a guy who's not good at shooting somehow hits one. Yes, you're still allowed to be unhappy if a proven shooter is left open. It's a free country.
|G||11||PJ Thompson||Sr.||5'10, 185||69||13||137||Not At All|
|Very efficient, low-usage PG. Hitting 51% of threes. Strong defender.|
|G||3||Carsen Edwards||So.||6'0, 190||68||28||119||Not At All|
|B1G's most improved. Shot creator who's greatly improved finishing.|
|G||31||Dakota Mathias||Sr.||6'4, 200||76||19||129||Not At All|
|Three-point sniper, also threat inside arc, good passer when D overcommits.|
|F||12||Vincent Edwards||Sr.||6'8, 225||75||24||122||Not At All|
|Does a bit of everything on offense, good defender.|
|C||44||Isaac Haas||Sr.||7'2, 290||54||26||122||Very|
|Behemoth. Strong post scorer, rebounder, shot-blocker.|
|C||32||Matt Haarms||Fr.||7'3, 250||46||16||109||Very|
|Low-usage Haas, basically. Some offensive dropoff but none on defense.|
|G||14||Ryan Cline||Jr.||6'5, 190||46||14||118||Not At All|
|Just A Shooter™, makes 41% of his threes.|
|G||20||Nojel Eastern||Fr.||6'6, 220||32||19||88||Yes|
|Big combo guard at best around hoop. Hits the glass. Turnover-prone.|
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