Michigan heads to Mackey Arena on Saturday to face one of the most confusing teams in college basketball, the Purdue Boilermakers (2:00 p.m. ESPN).
The Wolverines have lost the three straight at Mackey Arena after a 3-game road winning streak from 2012-14. The fanbase in West Lafayette will be revved up given the stakes at play on Saturday. The Boilermakers have dropped three games in a row and are just 14-13 (7-9 B1G) on the season, but play three of their final four games at home.
Purdue has a great chance to play its way into the NCAA Tournament although the rest of the college basketball landscape is trying to figure out if it is actually a good team.
On its best days, Purdue is capable of beating any team in the country. On its worst, it is capable of losing any game.
According to Bart Torvik’s game score metric, Purdue accounts for three of the best single-game performances in the Big Ten this season — blowout home wins over Iowa, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Excluding those three games, Matt Painter’s team also has two of the four worst Big Ten performances — a 63-37 loss at Illinois and a 70-56 loss at Nebraska.