The Michigan basketball team visits No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night. Here’s how you can find the game on TV or watch online.
Michigan Wolverines at No. 20 Purdue Boilermakers – 7:00 p.m.
Mackey Arena — West Lafayette, IN
National TV: ESPNU
Radio: 950 AM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Line: Purdue by 7.5
The Michigan Wolverines are off and running in Big Ten Conference play with two wins under their belt. But now they’re in for a difficult stretch as three consecutive ranked teams loom on the schedule. They’ll play a road game against No. 20 Purdue tonight, host No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday, then travel to No. 19 Iowa the following Saturday.
A strong showing will keep Michigan basketball squarely in the thick of the Big Ten race, but it’s not going to be an easy road to travel.
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And things will be even more difficult if star wing player Caris LeVert is unable to play against Purdue. LeVert missed Michigan’s last game (a win over Penn State) with an ankle injury and, although he was planning to return to practice yesterday, it’s still not clear whether or not he’ll be able to play against the Boilermakers.
The Wolverines had plenty of depth to dominate Penn State at home — thanks to double-digit scoring efforts by Mark Donnal, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Zak Irvin, and Aubrey Dawkins — but they can much less afford to charge into West Lafayette shorthanded.
Purdue has three players averaging more than 10 points per game — A.J. Hammons (13.9), Isaac Haas (11.4), and Caleb Swanigan (10.2) — with a fourth player, Rapheal Davis (9.8), barely missing that mark. They’re a deep team with plenty of scoring options. The Ken Pomeroy Ratings have Purdue ranked as the seventh best team in Division I basketball.
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Michigan’s next game will come on Tuesday, January 12 when the Maryland Terrapins visit the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
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