The Michigan men’s basketball team will play for its second straight Big Ten Tournament championship when it takes on Purdue in the title game Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Wolverines (27-7) entered the tournament ranked No. 15 in the AP Top 25 poll and the No. 5 seed in the field, but have beaten No. 12 Iowa, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 1 Michigan State to advance to the championship game.
Michigan-Purdue basketball: Time, game information
Michigan and Purdue play at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV channel: CBS, which can be found here.
How can I watch the Michigan-Purdue game online?
The Michigan-Purdue game can be watched online on CBSSports.com.
How can I listen to the Michigan-Purdue game on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 134, XM 195 and Internet 957.
Michigan-Purdue basketball preview
The first two times Michigan and Purdue met on the basketball court this season were among the best games in all of college basketball. Round 3 is expected to be just as good and it has the added spice of being for the Big Ten Tournament championship.
The 2018 final between the Wolverines and Boilermakers is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Purdue was the only visiting team to win at Crisler Center this season, getting a 70-69 victory on Jan. 9 on a late free throw by center Isaac Haas. Two weeks later, the Boilermakers beat the Wolverines 92-88 at Mackey Arena in a game that featured a combined 24 made 3-point shots. Purdue’s 3-point shooting prowess was key in both wins. The Boilermakers made 23 of 41 attempts (56.1 percent) from behind the 3-point line in the two games. The Wolverines were slightly off that pace, making 23 of 45 attempts (51.1 percent).
Michigan is going to have to figure out how to handle Purdue’s balanced inside-outside attack. That attack begins with Haas, a 7-foot-2, 290-pound senior, who had 17 points and 7 rebounds in a 78-70 win against Penn State in the semifinals. Pay too much attention to him, and the Boilermakers have several other scoring threats in guards Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias, and forward Vincent Edwards. Carsen Edwards had 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting in the two games. Vincent Edwards (no relation) had 10 points and 5 assists in the game in Ann Arbor, then made 9 of 11 shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts, in scoring 30 points in the rematch.
The Wolverines are also blessed with balance, and that was crucial in their 75-64 win against top-seeded Michigan State in the semifinals. Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, sophomore Zavier Simpson and junior Moe Wagner each scored 15 points against the Spartans, while senior forward Duncan Robinson added 13 points and sophomore guard Charles Matthews scored 12 points. The Wolverines only took 18 shots in the second half but made 12 of them as they rallied from a 29-26 halftime deficit.
Forcing turnovers and creating offense off them has been a key to Michigan’s defense this season but Purdue doesn’t beat itself often. The Boilermakers commit an average of just 10.7 turnovers per game. Only the Wolverines (9.3) commit fewer per game in the Big Ten. Michigan will have to find other ways to stall Purdue’s offense. It’s a good bet that playing better defense on the perimeter will be part of that plan.
The Wolverines are attempting to win their second straight Big Ten Tournament championship, and do so by winning four games in four days for the second consecutive year. Their run to last season’s title included a 74-70 win in overtime against Purdue, then the No. 1-seeded team, in the quarterfinals.