B1G Tournament championship game preview: Michigan vs Purdue

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Michigan and Purdue have faced off twice this year, and?now they are setting up for a third game. This time it’s for ?the B1G Tournament Championship.

In both previous meetings, the Boilermakers won close games.

In the first game, Purdue escaped Crisler with a 1-point win. And in?the second game, the Wolverines traveled to West Lafayette, losing by 5-point on the road.

Purdue’s dynamic frontcourt

Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas have had a?great year for the Boilermakers. Their value and effort was rewarded with All-B1G selections. Haas is an All-B1G 3rd team selection, and Edwards a All-B1G 2nd team.

Both of the frontcourt members also had huge games against the Wolverines.

In the second meeting, Haas had 24 points (10-14), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. In the same game, Edwards had an even more impressive 30 points (9-11), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

It will be interesting to see how Head Coach John Beilein strategizes to guard Haas. The man is a behemoth that most certainly curries special attention, but the deadly shooters that Purdue has on the outside makes it difficult to cover both.

Michigan bench

This is one of the more overlooked advantages for the Wolverines.

Duncan Robinson won sixth man of the year in the Big Ten. What’s more is that Michigan has guys like Jordan Poole and Jon Teske, who can both come in and provide great minutes.

Specifically in the case of Poole, he can come off the bench and take over games.

Teske could end up playing a huge role in this game coming in for a more interior defensive presence on Haas.

Hot Wolverines

It seemed that everyone picked Michigan as a “dark horse” final four contender, or talked about how the Wolverines have been on fire lately.

Since their last loss in the regular season to Northwestern, the Maize and Blue have won games against No. 8 Ohio State and at Penn State; Along with BTT wins over Nebraska and No. 2 Michigan State.

The two losses to Purdue this year were by a combined 5 points, and with Michigan coming into this game riding a hot streak it could be enough to finally get them over the Purdue hump.

Staff predictions:

  • Landon Dillion: 78-76 Purdue
  • Brandon Justice: Michigan 79-72
  • Ant Wright: Purdue 73-65
  • Tanner Wooten: Michigan 72-61
  • LGHail: Michigan 71-70
  • Eric Coughlin: Purdue 74-73

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