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Michigan loses shootout to Purdue

Michigan, Charles Matthews

Michigan (17-6) lost to Purdue (20-2) on the road by a score of 92-88.

In their first meeting, Purdue escaped Ann Arbor with a one point win, 69-70.

The Wolverines were looking for revenge as they faced off against no. 3 Purdue on the road. Unfortunately, they didn’t find it.

Stopping Isaac Haas

Purdue big man Isaac Haas was virtually unstoppable. The wolverine opted not to double team when Haas got the ball on the block, which was almost certainly out of fear of kick outs because Purdue shoots the ball so well.

In the first half, Haas had 13 points (6-7) and 3 rebounds.

There is an argument to be made for double-teaming Haas. I tend to disagree with this argument just because of how good Purdue shoots the ball from 3. It is sort of a pick your poison situation.

Purdue is just that good.

The big man finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3blocks

Haas is just too big for this Michigan team to handle.

Everyone making everything

Neither of the teams in the game tonight were playing terrible defense. Just looking at the stat sheet, nobody would know that.

Both Purdue and Michigan shot above 55% percent from the field, and above 50% percent from 3.

Michigan Turnovers

Turnovers near the end of the game were killers for this Michigan team.

The turnovers didn’t come from playing too hard or young guys. One came from Charles Matthews having an extremely lazy pass. Another came from Moe Wagner dribbling to the lane with bad spacing. Michigan ended the game with 12 turnovers.

This Michigan team simply cannot have “unforced” turnovers and expect to be successful.

Player of the Game – Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

MAAR was taking this game over.

The senior had been slipping lately, but in this game he was fantastic.

He had a team high 26 points (10-15), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 0 turnovers.

Quick thoughts

  • Moe Wagner picked up 2 big charge calls, one on Haas and another on Carsen Edwards
  • MAAR finally broke out of his slump. The guy was obviously feeling himself, taking shots he usually wouldn’t.
  • Michigan missed 3 layups near the end of the game.
  • The Wolverines shot 62.5 percent from the free throw line, compare that to Purdue shooting 87.7 percent.
  • Boilermaker Vince Edwards put up 30 points on only 11 shots

 

Here is a link to the full box score

 

Catch Michigan’s next game at home on the 29th at 7:00 pm against Northwestern.

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