Michigan Basketball: Purdue at Michigan — Game Notes
Game #20 — Thursday, January 30, 2014
Tip: 9:05 p.m., possible slip to 9:10 p.m.
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arena: Crisler Center (12,707)
TV Broadcast: ESPN
TV Crew: Joe Tessitore (p-by-p) & Sean Farnharm (analyst)
U-M Radio: Detroit (WWJ, 950 AM) | Ann Arbor (WWWW, 102.9 FM)
U-M Radio Crew: Matt Shepard (p-by-p) & Terry Mills (analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius: 93 | XM: 191 | Note: Michigan Radio broadcast
Tonight’s game will be the first of two meetings on the season for U-M and Purdue. The Wolverines will make a return trip to Mackey Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Overall, Michigan trails in the all-time series 64-84 with a 39-33 record in Ann Arbor. U-M has won three of the last five meetings including sweeping the season series last season with a 68-53 win at Crisler (Jan. 24) followed with an 80-75 win at Mackey Arena (March 26).
Purdue comes to Ann Arbor with a 13-7 overall mark and a 3-4 record in Big Ten Play. After dropping their opening conference games, the Boilermakers won three straight before losing their last two — one in double overtime at Northwestern and most recently to Wisconsin at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have won two of their last three games at Crisler Center.
Purdue, who play up to 11 players on a regular basis, is led by 7-0 sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who averages 9.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and a Big Ten best 3.3 blocks per game. In addition to Hammons, the Boilermakers are led by the brother tandem of Terone and Ronnie Johnson. Terone, a senior guard, leads Purdue with 13.4 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Sophomore guard Ronnie is second with 10.6 points, but leads the team with 3.6 assists per game.
Purdue is the third best rebounding team in the Big Ten (40.1), however, the Boilermakers rank last in free throw shooting at 66.7 percent as a team.Inside The Game:
Michigan is riding a nine-game win streak that includes a 7-0 record in Big Ten play, marking the first time U-M has started conference play with seven straight wins since 1976-77. Michigan begins a stretch of five games in 13 days with three road games — at Indiana, at Iowa and at Ohio State. U-M host Purdue and Nebraska at Crisler Center.
Michigan has beaten three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history. The Wolverines have wins at No. 3 Wisconsin (77-70, Jan. 18); against No. 10 Iowa (75-67, Jan. 22) and at No. 3 Michigan State (80-75, Jan. 25).
Nik Stauskas was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week for the second straight week, while Derrick Walton Jr. earned his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
Over the last four seasons, Michigan has had a 41-20 record in Big Ten play. Ohio State (45-16), Michigan State (42-20) and Wisconsin (41-20) are the only other conference teams to eclipse 40-wins.
Michigan is 54-9 over the last four seasons at Crisler Center.This season, Michigan has maintained its offensive production, shooting a Big Ten-best 48.5 percent from the field. That clip is right on pace with the 2012-13 Wolverines, who closed the season averaging 48.4 percent from the field — the best under John Beilein at U-M.
Since Big Ten play began and Mitch McGary’s decision to undergo back surgery, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford have combined to average 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and shot 78.2 percent (43-for-55).
Derrick Walton Jr. has scored in double figures in four of the opening seven Big Ten games. In the 12 game non-conference scheduled, he tallied four double-figure scoring games. He scored a career-best 19 points in his last outing at Michigan State.
After its three wins, U-M has vaulted back into the top-25 – AP (10th), ESPN/USA Today (14th)
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