Michigan earned one of its biggest wins of the season two weeks ago when it beat Purdue 82-70 in Ann Arbor. The Boilermakers get their shot at avenging that defeat Friday in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Purdue (25-6) faces No. 8 Michigan (21-11) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in the first of four games. Tip-off is at noon ET, with the winner advancing to the semifinals on Saturday against the winner of No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 Minnesota.
This is Purdue’s first game in the tournament after earning a double-bye. Michigan is coming off a 75-55 win against No. 9 Illinois, a game in which the Wolverines overcame a delayed arrival into town and the absence of their normal game jerseys and equipment caused by an accident involving their aircraft during its scheduled takeoff on Wednesday.
Purdue has won eight of its last nine games, the lone defeat coming against Michigan. The Wolverines have won seven of their last nine games.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch/listen to the Michigan vs. Purdue matchup:
Michigan vs. Purdue: game time, details
Time: Noon (ET) tip-off
Date: Friday, March, 10
Location: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
The line: Purdue is favored by 3.5 points.
Which TV channel station is Michigan vs. Purdue on?
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch Michigan vs. Purdue online?
How can I listen to Michigan vs. Purdue on the radio?
Michigan: 950 AM (WWJ Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA Ann Arbor) are the primary stations for the U-M Radio. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Purdue: WYCM (95.7 FM) in Lafayette is the main station for the Purdue Radio Network. You can also listen via Tunein.com.
The game can also be heard on via Compass Media on Sirius/XM Channel 84 and Internet Channel 84.
Who is calling the Michigan vs. Purdue game?
ESPN: Dave Flemming will handle play-by-play for ESPN with analyst Dan Dakich and reporter Molly McGrath.
Michigan radio: Matt Shepard will handle the play-by-play duties with analyst Terry Mills.
Purdue radio: Larry Clisby does play-by-play with analyst Rob Blackman.
Compass Media (national radio): Matt Smith does play-by-play with analyst Rick Mahorn.
3 keys to the Michigan vs. Purdue game
Can Purdue take advantage of its inside strength?
Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan had 18 points in the previous matchup at Michigan. Purdue shot nearly 50 percent from the floor (30 of 61) and held a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint, but the Boilermakers could’ve been so much better if not for several missed opportunities inside. Center Isaac Haas missed six of the 10 shots he took in just 11 minutes of playing time.
Michigan’s interior players aren’t as physical as Purdue’s, but if Haas can’t be effective when he’s on the floor, that’s a moot point. Swanigan can play inside and on the perimeter, which can negate the play of Michigan’s Moritz Wagner. It didn’t negate Wagner in the first game, as he made four 3-point attempts and scored 22 points in the first half to help Michigan build a 15-point lead at halftime.
Who’s got the stroke?
These are two of the best, if not the two best, shooting teams in the Big Ten. They each shot 48 percent from the field in the regular season, tying with Indiana for the top spot in the conference. Purdue’s 40.6 percent accuracy from 3-point range was the only mark better than Michigan’s 38.6 percent, but the Wolverines led the conference with 295 made 3-pointers. Purdue was second with 280.
Michigan had the better shooting day two weeks ago, making 11 of 26 3-pointers compared to just 5 of 16 for Purdue. That was at the Crisler Center. Michigan has proven it can shoot anywhere it plays, but will Purdue have a better game this time around?
Which history repeats?
Michigan beat a No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in seven tries when it knocked off Indiana 72-69 in the quarterfinals last year as the No. 8 seed. The Wolverines are playing well enough to make it two years in a row that they reach the semifinals by going through the regular-season champions.
Purdue ended Michigan’s run last year with a 76-59 win in the semifinals. It must contain Derrick Walton Jr., who is averaging 17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 turnovers over the last 16 games.