Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Michigan at Purdue Breakdown & Prediction

No. 7 Michigan at Purdue
Time: 7PM ET
Venue: Mackey Arena
TV: Big Ten Network
Records: Michigan 24-5, 11-5 Big Ten; Purdue 14-15, 7-9
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Trey Burke (18.9 ppg); Rebounds – Mitch McGary (5.6 rpg); Assists – Burke (6.9 apg); Steals – Ronnie Johnson (0.9 spg).
Purdue stat leaders: Points – Terone Johnson (12.9 ppg); Rebounds – A.J. Hammons (6.3 rpg); Assists – Ronnie Johnson (3.9 apg); Steals – Frazier (2.3 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W1, Purdue W1
Point Spread: Michigan -6
Prediction: Michigan has new life with Ohio State beating Indiana in Bloomington on Tuesday night. The Wolverines should come into this game with focus and motivation. If the ability to win the Big Ten title wasn’t motivation enough, last week’s loss at Penn State should be. Michigan had a strong second half against Michigan State last Sunday, and that can be something it can build on. Purdue is coming off its biggest win of the season, winning at Wisconsin, 69-56. The Boilermakers can be a dangerous team if they shoot the ball well, but they haven’t shown much consistency in a 40-minute game throughout the season. I don’t feel good about saying Michigan should win easy, because it clearly hasn’t been at its best for a while, but I do think the Wolverines come out strong and win comfortably at Purdue. Michigan 66, Purdue 56

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