The Wolverines Dominate Purdue, 76-57

The Wolverines Dominate Purdue, 76-57

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The Wolverines Dominate Purdue, 76-57

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Perhaps it’s time to say that Michigan basketball is underranked. Which, with the Wolverines being ranked No. 7, says a lot.

In recent times, when a ranked team came to Crisler Center, win or lose, it was a battle for the maize and blue. But, after Wednesday night’s drubbing of No. 11 North Carolina, the Wolverines started Big Ten play with an emphatic statement against defending conference regular season champion Purdue, currently ranked No. 19: we are the class, not just of the conference, but perhaps in all of college basketball.

Of course, the Dukes and Kansases of the world get all the pub, but with Saturday afternoon’s 76-57 win over the Boilermakers – a team that Michigan lost to twice in the regular season before dispatching them in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament – it said all and everything all at once. The Wolverines started out with the lead from the very first possession and never relinquished it. The maize and blue had the hot hand from the field for most of the game and stayed hot from three-point range, shooting 47% overall and 50% from behind the arc.

Purdue mounted a late comeback, taking advantage of Michigan’s eight-plus minute drought from the floor, cutting the 22 point lead down to 12. But, the Wolverines surged back, making it a 20 point game once again late, with back-to-back three-pointers by center Jon Teske and guard Jordan Poole.

While freshman Ignas Brazdeikis has been the player to gather the most headlines through the first seven games of this 2018-19 season, this game was fueled offensively by sophomore Jordan Poole, who finished with a team-leading 21 points, including having gone 5 of 5 from three.

Defensively, the Wolverines were stellar yet again, holding the nation’s 28th-best offense that generally scores 83.4 points-per-game to just 57 points. The Boilermakers never truly got rolling, shooting 36% from the field.

Next, Michigan will travel to Evanston to take on a Northwestern team that always plays the Wolverines tough.

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