NCAA Friday Night Basketball: Purdue/Michigan Preview

by Big Al Staff

The FS1 Friday night college basketball doubleheader features two Big Ten teams in the thick of the conference title and preparing to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament in March.

Michigan lost their first game of the season last Saturday in a 75-57 upset loss at Minnesota as a 5-point favorite. The Wolverines responded with a strong effort on Tuesday in a decisive 87-63 victory back at home in Ann Arbor against Maryland as a 13.5-point favorite. Head coach Juwan Howard’s team raced out to a 17-3 lead in the first six minutes of that game and held a double-digit lead over the Terrapins for most of the rest of the game to cruise to the victory.

Michigan made 12 of 24 shots from 3-point land in dominating Maryland. Howard got balanced scoring from his team despite his freshman phenom, Hunter Dickinson, taking only three shots and netting just 3 points. Dickinson is the team’s leading scorer with a 15.7 points-per-game scoring average. Senior Isaiah Livers led the team with 20 points. He is second on the team with a 14.1 points-per-game scoring average. The Wolverines have six players who average at least 8.6 points-per-game.

With a 12-1 record on the season, Michigan ranks seventh in the nation in the Associated Press poll. They are seventh in adjusted offensive efficiency according to the metrics at kenpom. The Wolverines are ninth with a 59.2% shooting percentage inside the arc, which helps elevate their effective field goal percentage to 58.2%, also ninth in the nation. Michigan has the eight rated adjusted defensive efficiency at kenpom. They are holding their opponents to 40.8% shooting inside the arc, fourth-best in the country.

Purdue won their fourth in a row on Tuesday with their 67-65 upset victory at Ohio State as a 6.5-point underdog. Trevion Williams topped the team's box score with 16 points. The 6’10 junior leads the team with a 15.4 points-per-game scoring average. He also adds 9.5 rebounds-per-game. During the Boilermakers’ current winning streak, Williams is scoring 19.3 points-per-game.

Head coach Matt Painter continues to see improvement from his team as he has integrated five freshmen into a ten-man rotation. Purdue has two victories against the Buckeyes this season, along with high-profile wins against Indiana and Michigan State to give them 11 wins this season. The Boilermakers are 6-3 in conference play with losses to Iowa, Rutgers, and Illinois. Purdue also lost to Clemson and Miami (FL) in non-conference play. Kenpom ranks the Boilermakers offense at 38th and their defense at 28th in adjusted efficiency.

Michigan will be playing only their fourth game away from home at Crisler Arena. Purdue is unbeaten in their six games at home at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. They are outscoring their visitors by 13.3 points-per-game while holding them to only 63.5 points-per-game and a 38.4% field goal percentage.

BetAnySports lists Michigan as a 4.5-point road favorite with the total set at 139.5. The FS1 broadcast starts at 7 PM ET.

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