2007-2008 Season

Game 14: Michigan at Purdue

The struggle continues, a depleted Michigan team travels to Macke Arena for their first Big Ten road test. Michigan fans know that the road is not an easy place for any BigTen team but Michigan’s struggles on the road in the past have been well documented.Dont be suprised to see CJ Lee get the start tomorrow. Youth is a plenty in this game. Purdue starts 3 freshman and is probably the only team Michigan will play that is younger than them. Purdue is 9-4 with losses to Clemson, Missouri, Wofford, and Iowa State. The average RPI of the teams that Purdue has beaten is 212 (SOS is 214 compared to Michigan’s 21), the highest ranked squad is Missouri State (RPI 97) in a 2 point win in Vegas. The weak schedule is probably fitting for a team that is very young and needs time to gel.The only Purdue game I saw this year was their 3 point loss at Clemson in the B10/ACC Challenge. They looked like a team that can be great at times and struggle mightily at others. Typical freshman mistakes were common but there were flashes that showed that Purdue could be a very good team. Former UM-recruit Scott Martin leads Purdue in scoring with 11.3 ppg. 9 players average over 15minutes on the Purdue squad. Expected starters are Moore, Green, Hummell, Kramer, Johnson.UMHoops Prediction: Purdue takes this one at home: 75-63

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