Michigan and Purdue have both advanced to earn spots in the Big Ten Tournament final at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Find the game time, TV channel, live stream information and more below. You won’t want to miss this.
Michigan will be searching for its second straight Big Ten Tournament title, while Purdue is looking to snap the Wolverines’ streak. This is the third matchup between the team, and each previous game was an awesome display of basketball.
Purdue won the January match between these two teams by a score of 70-69 and emerged victorious in their February game, 92-88. Each game was a thriller, and things are set up for this next one to be more of the same.
What TV channel is the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game on?
The Big Ten Tournament final will be televised on CBS.
How can I watch a stream the Big Ten Tournament Championship online?
The Big Ten Tournament final is streaming on CBSSports.com.
Purdue vs. Michigan was fun the first two times. It should be this time, too.
Michigan is in its second straight Big Ten Tournament title game. Last year, the Wolverines made a Cinderella run as the No. 8 seed en route to a Big Ten Tournament title and a quality March Madness run. That team featured future NBA draft hopefuls Derrick Walton and D.J. Wilson, both of whom left the Wolverines to go pro after the season. Moe Wagner stayed in Ann Arbor, and he’s Michigan’s premier offensive weapon now. The center from Germany was big in Michigan’s Friday win over Nebraska, then overcame a poor offensive first half to pour in 15 second-half points against Michigan State on Saturday.
Michigan’s key to its postseason hopes, though, is its defense. John Beilein’s team is suffocating on that end of the floor, and it helps the Wolverines make up for offensive lapses:
Beilein’s team entered Saturday with the ninth-best defense in the country, per the KenPom rankings, and that’s only going to go up the way the Wolverines have been playing lately. It’s the team’s clear strength, as the KenPom algorithm grades Michigan’s offense No. 41 in the country.
One through five on defense guards well and forces opponents into tough shots. Michigan made sure a Michigan State offense that ranks 11th in KenPom’s efficiency couldn’t get consistent open looks on Saturday.
The Wolverines held Michigan State to its worst shooting percentage (38 percent) of the season. All of the Spartans’ double-digit scorers had to get there by hoisting uncomfortable shots, and only got there by taking a high number of shots. Neither Miles Bridges, Cassius Winston nor Jaren Jackson Jr. shot better than 39 percent.
That’s a recipe for a Michigan win.
Purdue hasn’t been quite up to the levels that cased the Boilermakers to rise into the top five of the AP Poll and KenPom’s rankings earlier this year, but they’re still one of the top teams in the Big Ten. Their dynamite 3-point shooting presents a difficult matchup for any team, and they were especially on point from deep in their two wins over Michigan. Purdue shot over 50 percent on threes in each game, and that’s tough to deal with when opponents also have to account for 7-foot-2 center Isaac Haas. Vince and Carsen Edwards will be tough matchups for Michigan’s Charles Matthews, Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman to handle on defense, especially with Haas’ presence in the middle.
The Boilermakers were able to silence Penn State and ran away with their semifinal at the end. I think Michigan ends up pulling this out because its defense is hard to deal with, but this shapes up to be a fun game no matter what happens.