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Purdue (13-7) at (10) Michigan (15-4)



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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 9 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Crisler Arena (12,707) -- Ann Arbor, Michigan. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Purdue 10-2, Michigan 8-1. Away Record: Purdue 2-2, Michigan 4-2. Neutral Record: Purdue 1-3, Michigan 3-1. Conference Record: Purdue 3-4, Michigan 7-0. Series Record: Purdue leads, 83-64.

GAME NOTES: The 10th-ranked Michigan Wolverines put their perfect league ledger on the line, as they play host to the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten Conference affair on Thursday night.

Purdue enters the fray hoping to put the brakes on a two-game slide, which saw the team narrowly lose to Northwestern in overtime (63-60) before being downed at home by Wisconsin last Saturday (72-58). Despite the recent setbacks, the Boilermakers are in the midst of a solid campaign, having logged a 13-7 overall record, although they currently sit a game under .500 in conference play at 3-4.

Michigan won its ninth straight game by taking out No. 3 Michigan State last Saturday, on the road no less, in an 80-75 final. It was also the third consecutive win over a ranked foe for the Wolverines (Iowa and Wisconsin being the others), and improved them to 15-4 overall and 7-0 in conference. The win over the hated Spartans catapulted the Maize and Blue from No. 21 to No. 10 in this week's AP poll.

Purdue owns an 83-64 lead in the all-time series with Michigan, but the Wolverines have won the last two meetings. The teams will get together again in West Lafayette on Feb. 26 to conclude the regular-season series.

Poor shooting was the primary culprit in Purdue's recent loss to Wisconsin, as the home team made good only 35.4 percent of its field goal attempts, which included a dismal 3-of-17 showing from 3-point range. Couple that with the fact that the Badgers hit seven treys and went a staggering 27-of-33 at the free-throw line and it's not difficult to see why the Boilermakers came out on the short end. Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott scored 10 points apiece to pace Purdue in defeat.

Terone Johnson (13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Ronnie Johnson (10.6 ppg, 3.7 apg) are the team's only double-digit scorers on the season, but four others net between 6.1 and 9.7 ppg, helping Purdue generate 74.3 ppg behind typical shooting outputs of .428 overall and .337 from beyond the arc. On defense, the Boilermakers are permitting 69.6 ppg, with foes converting just 40.7 percent of their total shots, which includes a 31.3 percent effort from distance. Purdue wins the rebounding battle by 4.0 rpg, and is goading the opposition into nearly 13 turnovers per outing.

Trailing by six at the break, Michigan put the clamps down on defense while at the same time getting hot from the floor as it battled back to knock off Michigan State in East Lansing last weekend. The backcourt was largely responsible for the comeback, as Derrick Walton, Jr. Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert combined for 52 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. The trio knocked down 10 3-pointers, helping the team to a 57.9 percent showing from long range. Michigan State was guilty of only five turnovers, but the Wolverines claimed a 25-16 edge in points from the charity stripe, and scored 15 second- chance points compared to only four for the Spartans.

Michigan's season stats are obviously quite favorable, and while it boasts a few guys capable of controlling the action on any given night, it has been pretty much a total team effort that has led it to the top of the Big Ten standings. Stauskas leads the league in scoring with his 18.5 ppg, but seven others net between 5.1 and 13.6 ppg, with that latter figure belonging to forward Glenn Robinson III. LeVert (11.9 ppg) has also done a nice job of assisting when called upon. Overall, the Wolverines are in the black in scoring (+13.0), rebounding (+2.6) and turnovers (+2.4), all while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from 3-point land, and 75.1 percent from the foul line.

The Boilermakers are sure to put their best foot forward in an effort to pull off the upset, but the Wolverines are a team on a mission at the moment. Expect them to earn a satisfying home win to keep their unblemished conference record intact.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Michigan 72, Purdue 66

01/30 10:32:31 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR