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Michigan hoops preview: #18 Purdue

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Michigan vs Purdue
Saturday, Feb. 13 | Ann Arbor, Mich. | 2 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Line: Purdue -1.5
77.0 Points/gm 78.4
(681-1,406) 48.4 Field Goal % 46.1 (689-1,493)
(262-641) 40.9 3-pt FG % 35.4 (196-554)
(300-408) 73.5 Free Throw % 74.7 (387-518)
12.0 FT Made/gm 15.5
32.0 Reb/gm 42.5
15.6 Assists/gm 17.8
9.8 Turnovers/gm 12.6
66.4 Points/gm 63.7
(610-1,395) 43.7 Field Goal % 38.2 (573-1,501)
(179-522) 34.3 3-pt FG % 31.1 (146-469)
32.3 Opp. Reb/gm 31.1
5.8 Steals/gm 4.8
2.3 Blocks/gm 5.2
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (17.6), Derrick Walton (12.3) Points/gm A.J. Hammons (14.7), Vince Edwards (10.4)
Derick Walton (5.7), Caris LeVert (5.4) Reb/gm Caleb Swanigan (8.8), A.J. Hammons (8.2)

Michigan stopped the bleeding with a 82-74 win at Minnesota on Wednesday night, but it was far from convincing. The Wolverines blew a 17-point lead and had to hang on to avoid handing Minnesota its first win in nearly two months. That would have assuredly placed Michigan on the outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble, but as for now the Wolverines are still likely in barring a meltdown in the final six games. A win over 18th-ranked Purdue this afternoon would go a long way toward helping that cause.

Purdue won the season’s first meeting in West Lafayette, 87-70, despite a 25-point performance from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Three Zak Irvin free throws pulled Michigan within six with 5:20 remaining, but Purdue went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to put the game away.

Four Purdue players scored in double figures, led by center A.J. Hammons’ 17 points. The 7-foot-0, 250-pound senior leads the team with an average of 14.7 points and 2.7 blocked shots per game and ranks second with 8.2 rebounds. In his last four games he has averaged 21.3 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. In the Boilermakers’ overtime win over Michigan State on Tuesday, Hammons nearly had a triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks.

Sophomore forward Vince Edwards (6-foot-8, 225) is the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.4 points and third leading rebounder with 5.2 boards per game. He recorded 11 points and seven rebounds in the first meeting. However, Edwards has been in a slump the last two weeks, shooting just 25.9 percent from the field (7-of-27) and 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-of-12) while averaging just 7.7 points.

Freshman forward Caleb Swanigan (6-foot-9, 250) and sophomore center Isaac Haas (7-foot-2, 282) each scored just seven points in the Jan. 7 meeting, but add to Purdue’s significant size advantage. Swanigan averages 9.8 points and a Big Ten-leading 8.8 rebounds per game. Haas averages 10 points and four boards.

The backcourt is lead by senior guard Raphael Davis (6-foot-6, 217) and junior guard Kendall Stephens (6-foot-7, 205). Davis scored 16 in the first meeting and is the team’s best three-point shooter, averaging 40.6 percent. He made 6-of-8 three-point attempts on his way to 24 points against Michigan State on Tuesday. Stephens missed four games for personal reasons, but returned against Michigan State and played just three minutes. His absence has yielded increased minutes for sophomore guard P.J. Thompson (5-foot-10, 188), who scored eight points in the first meeting, and senior guard Johnny Hill (6-foot-3, 187), who scored 10.

Michigan and Purdue are tied for fourth in the Big Ten at 8-4, but the Boilers are a bad matchup for Michigan. They rank second in the Big Ten with 42.5 rebounds per game, while Michigan ranks last with 32. And Purdue’s defense — second-best field goal percentage defense in the conference — will undoubtedly force Michigan into one of the extended scoring droughts that have become all too common this season. Perhaps Michigan can harness the power of the sold out home crowd that will be honoring and raising awareness for the ChadTough Foundation. But after last week’s gaffes against Indiana and Michigan State I wouldn’t count on it.

Michigan hoops preview: Purdue

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Michigan (8-5, 1-0) vs Purdue (9-5, 1-0)
Saturday, Jan. 3 | West Lafayette, Ind. | 2:15 p.m. EST | Big Ten Network
68.1 Points/gm 75.9
(308-723) 42.6 Field Goal % 46.3 (370-800)
(112-313) 35.8 3-pt FG % 34.6 (85-246)
(157-219) 71.7 Free Throw % 69.8 (238-341)
12.1 FT Made/gm 17.0
32.6 Reb/gm 37.5
13.5 Assists/gm 16.6
9.7 Turnovers/gm 13.2
62.5 Points/gm 65.4
(304-689) 44.1 Field Goal % 41.2 (318-772)
(92-252) 36.5 3-pt FG % 38.5 (94-244)
33.2 Opp. Reb/gm 31.5
6.5 Steals/gm 5.9
1.8 Blocks/gm 5.9
Individual Leaders
Caris LeVert (15.2), Zak Irvin (15.1) Points/gm Kendall Stephens (11.2), Isaac Haas (11.1)
Caris LeVert (5.2), Derrick Walton Jr (4.4) Reb/gm Vince Edwards (5.9), A.J. Hammons (5.6)


Michigan kicked off conference play with an overtime victory over Illinois on Tuesday, fighting through the same type of second half adversity that they couldn’t overcome in losses during the non conference portion of the schedule. Now, Michigan looks to continue that momentum as they hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play this season. Purdue awaits with a 9-5 record. Let’s take a look at the Boilers.

The Starters
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
Kendall Stephens (G) 24.1 11.2 37.6 43.5 81.3 2.7 1.8 1.4 0.5 0.7
Isaac Haas (C) 17.8 11.1 62.0 00.0 54.7 5.1 0.7 1.8 0.9 0.1
Vince Edwards (F) 26.2 10.2 55.7 40.0 80.8 5.9 2.3 1.4 0.5 0.3
Raphael Davis (G) 25.1 9.9 51.7 14.3 79.3 3.0 2.5 1.5 0.1 1.0
Jon Octeus (G) 24.6 7.6 50.0 46.7 75.7 4.3 2.6 1.3 0.3 0.9
The Others
Minutes Points FG% 3FG% FT% Reb Ast TO Blk Stl
A.J. Hammons (C) 20.1 10.0 45.8 00.0 62.5 5.6 1.1 2.1 2.8 0.4
Bryson Scott (G) 13.2 5.7 39.0 14.3 77.1 1.9 1.8 1.2 0.2 1.1
Dakota Mathias (G) 15.3 3.8 32.7 35.1 85.7 1.6 1.3 0.5 0.0 0.2
P.J. Thompson (G) 18.5 3.1 34.1 26.7 75.0 1.3 1.6 0.6 0.1 0.8
Basil Smotherman (F) 12.1 2.3 41.2 11.1 42.9 1.8 1.1 0.4 0.3 0.4

Purdue uses a large rotation with no one averaging more than 26 minutes a game and four players scoring in double figures. Sophomore guard Kendall Stephens (6’6″, 197) is the leading scorer, averaging 11.2 points per game, and while he’s shooting just 37.6 percent from the field, he has made 37-of-85 three-point attempts (43.5 percent). He has made at least four three-pointers in four of 13 games this season. He scored a season-high 24 points against IUPUI thanks to a 6-of-9 performance from downtown, and also hit 6-of-7 against Arkansas State. Against Gardner-Webb two weeks ago, Stephens was held scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting, missing all four of his three-point attempts, but he followed it up with a 19-point performance against Minnesota on Wednesday in which he hit 4-of-8.

Center Isaac Haas is right behind Stephens in points per game with 11.1. The 7’2″, 297-pound freshman from Alabama has started the last six games and has actually seen his production drop during that time. Coming off the bench in the first eight games, Haas averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. As a starter, those numbers have dropped to 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.

Freshman forward Vince Edwards (6’7″, 220) averages the most minutes on the team (26.2) and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. He’s averaging 10.2 points per game, but his scoring has seen its ups and downs. He scored 26 points in the second game of the season and 25 points in the overtime win over BYU, but has been held to single digits in 10 of 14 games. He hasn’t reached double figures since scoring 16 against N.C. State on Dec. 2.

The starting lineup is rounded out with guards Raphael Davis and Jon Octeus. Davis, a 6’5″, 217-pound junior, averages 9.9 points, three rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, while Octeus, a 6’4″, 175-pound senior, averages 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. Davis has a season high of 22 points against Missouri and is shooting 51.7 percent from the field, but is not a three-point threat, having made just 2-of-14 attempts. Octeus, on the other hand, isn’t as much of a scorer with a season high of 13 points, but has the ability to hit the three, having made 7-of-15 attempts. After making just one of his first six on the season, Octeus has hit 6-of-9 in the past five games.

A.J. Hammons started the first eight games of the season at center before being replaced by Haas. The 7’0″, 261-pound junior is averaging 10 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and has scored in double figures in nine of the past 10 games.

Freshman guard P.J. Thompson (5’10”, 188) plays the most minutes off the bench among members of the backcourt (18.5), but averages just 3.1 points per game. Fellow guards Bryson Scott (6’1″, 206) and Dakota Mathias (6’4″, 197) average a combined 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game off the bench, while sophomore forward Basil Smotherman (6’6″, 222) is the only remaining player averaging double digit minutes. He provides just 2.3 points and 1.8 boards per game.

As a team, Purdue has the Big Ten’s fifth-best scoring offense (75.9 points per game) and third-worst scoring defense (65.4 ppt). The Boilers rank seventh in field goal percentage (46.3), ninth in three-point percentage (34.6) and third in rebounding margin (plus-six), while the defense ranks 12th in field goal percentage (41.2) and last in three-point percentage (38.5).

The Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Nov. 14 Samford W 80-40
Nov. 16 IUPUI W 77-57
Nov. 20 Grambling State W 82-30
Nov. 24 Kansas State* L 79-88
Nov. 25 Missouri* W 82-61
Nov. 26 BYU* W 87-85 OT
Dec. 2 N.C. State^ W 66-61
Dec. 6 North Florida L 70-73
Dec. 8 IPFW W 63-43
Dec. 10 Arkansas State W 87-46
Dec. 13 at Vanderbilt L 71-81
Dec. 20 #21 Notre Dame# L 63-94
Dec. 22 Gardner-Webb L 84-89
Dec. 31 Minnesota W 72-68
Jan. 3 Michigan
Jan. 7 at #4 Wisconsin
Jan. 12 #12 Maryland
Jan. 17 at Penn State
Jan. 21 at Illinois
Jan. 24 Iowa
Jan. 28 Indiana
Jan. 31 at Northwestern
Feb. 4 #20 Ohio State
Feb. 7 at Minnesota
Feb. 12 at Rutgers
Feb. 15 Nebraska
Feb. 19 at Indiana
Feb. 26 Rutgers
Mar. 1 at #20 Ohio State
Mar. 4 at Michigan State
Mar. 7 Illinois
*Maui Invitational, ^ACC-Big Ten Challenge, #Neutral court game

Purdue and Michigan haven’t played any similar opponents this season. The Boilers opened the season with three cupcakes before falling to Kansas State in the opening game of the Maui Invitational. They responded with wins over Missouri and BYU and then topped N.C. State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But just like Michigan lost to NJIT, Purdue let North Florida come to West Lafayette and knock them off. Then, after wins over IPFW and Arkansas State, Purdue dropped three straight before picking up a four point win over Minnesota on Wednesday.

The Series

Purdue holds a 84-66 lead in the all-time series, but Michigan has won the last four. Purdue leads 51-24 all-time at Mackey Arena, but Michigan has won its last three trips to West Lafayette. Last season, Michigan won in overtime 77-76 when Glenn Robinson III made a last-second layup, and beat the Boilers in Ann Arbor 75-66.


• Purdue leads the Big Ten with 5.9 blocked shots per game and ranks fourth with 16.6 assists per game.

• In three games as a starter, Ricky Doyle is shooting 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the field

• Spike Albrecht grabbed a career-high six rebounds in Michigan’s win over Illinois on Tuesday