Michigan is 20 games into the season, and its strengths and weaknesses aren’t much of a secret anymore. The Wolverines have one of the best offensive big men in the country and one of the best offenses in the Big Ten, but they haven’t figured out how to get stops all season.
On Saturday in West Lafayette, they came up against an even better version of the same profile. The Boilermakers have the best offense in the country and a defense that leaves much to be desired. Saturday’s tilt always set up to be a shootout and it lived up to the billing, with both teams scoring over 1.15 PPP, but the home team was always on the front foot.
Michigan answered Purdue’s runs, and cut the lead to four points in the closing minutes, but could never get enough stops to get over the hump and take the lead.