Purdue vs Michigan Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

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Purdue vs Michigan prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, February 10


Purdue vs Michigan How To Watch

Date: Thursday, February 10
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Purdue (20-3), Michigan (11-9)
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Why Purdue Will Win

We just did this, and it all went well for Purdue because everything is going well for Purdue lately.

Michigan put up a fight on the road in an 82-76 win last week, but Purdue still managed to hit half of its shots, we brilliant on the free throw line, and had a 13 rebound advantage. That’s what it does.

Few teams in America are shooting better than Purdue right now. The three-point shooting has been ridiculous – at least against everyone but Michigan – and it helps when you lead the nation in rebounding margin.

On the other side, Michigan doesn’t take a lot of threes and doesn’t make them when it takes them. However …

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Why Michigan Will Win

This is one of the few teams in the Big Ten that can hang on the boards. That didn’t quite happen the first time around – coming up with just two offensive rebounds was a problem – but it’s normally able to force a whole lot of one-and-dones.

For all of the great things Purdue has been doing, it’s allowing way too many made shots for a team of this caliber.

Minnesota was great from three in its loss a few days ago, and most teams are able to get to well over 40% from the field to at least keep up the pace for a little while.

To pull this off, Michigan has to approach the 56% shooting mark it hit in the first game.

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What’s Going To Happen

It all comes down to Purdue’s shooting.

It’s 3-3 when it shoots under 47% from the field and 18-0 when it shoots better.

The problem is on the flip side. Too many good teams are able to shoot well on the Wolverines. Michigan is 7-0 when holding teams to under 40% from the field and 5-9 when it doesn’t.

Purdue has yet to shoot worse than 41% this season.

Purdue vs Michigan Prediction, Lines

Purdue 81, Michigan 74
Line: Purdue -3, o/u: 147.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Must See Rating: 3.5

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