Michigan vs Purdue Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Michigan vs Purdue prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 5


Michigan vs Purdue How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 5
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Michigan (11-8), Purdue (19-3)
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Why Michigan Will Win

You don’t have a prayer against Purdue unless you can rebound.

Michigan can rebound.

The Wolverines don’t have to dominate on the glass, and they don’t even have to win the rebounding margin. But Purdue usually gets about 12 more boards a game as it sucks the life out of possession after possession – you can’t miss against this D.

Michigan doesn’t give up a ton of offensive rebounds, and it has enough of an inside presence on both ends of the floor to hold up.

There might not be a ton happening from three over the last two games, but as long as it’s able to get to the free throw line and as long as it keeps moving the ball around as well as it has lately, it should be able to keep this close on the road.

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Why Purdue Will Win

Michigan just can’t keep up if Purdue starts hitting its threes.

The Wolverines three-point D isn’t all that bad, and the O has had its moments from the outside – the bombs were falling against Indiana, Northwestern, and Maryland in recent wins – but nothing worked from the outside against Michigan State and the struggles were real against Nebraska in a win a few days ago.

Purdue? It’s going to hit at least ten threes because that’s what it does lately.

It’s been on fire, counting on close to 50% from the outside over its four game winning streak. Go ahead and figure out how to stop that, and the points on the inside start coming.

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What’s Going To Happen

Purdue is one of the hottest shooting teams in college basketball right now, but Michigan has the ability to hang punch for punch for most of the game. The difference will be from the outside.

Purdue will make its threes in the second half to pull away. Michigan won’t.

Michigan vs Purdue Prediction, Lines

Purdue 84, Michigan 75
Line: Purdue -8.5, o/u: 147.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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