Purdue Boilermakers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Tip-off: Thursday, January 24, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
YouWager experts consider that Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are the driving force behind the Michigan Wolverines offense that is currently among the best in the nation.
Tonight, the Wolverines may face a difficult challenge against the Purdue Boilermakers’ defense that has done a great job lately.
As online sports wagering fans know Burke (18.0 points per game) and Hardaway (16.4) are among the Big Ten’s leaders in scoring, helping power an offense that ranks among the best in the country shooting 51.0 percent.
The Wolverines (17-1, 4-1) are also is among the conference leaders in 3-point percentage (41.0) and points per game (79.3).
Burke shook off a 5-for-15 shooting performance to score 18 points, and Hardaway had 21 in last Thursday’s 83-75 win at then-No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Hardaway hit 7 of 8 from the field after shooting 34.5 percent over his previous two college basketball games, including going 5 for 15 in a 56-53 loss at then-No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 13.
However, coach John Beilein knows the competition will only get even more difficult in a league loaded with quality teams.
Purdue (10-8, 3-2) considers their recent defensive efforts are a sign they’ve recovered from a frustrating 4-6 start. The Boilermakers have held rivals to an average of 50.0 points and 29.7 percent shooting during their winning streak, and they forced 17 turnovers while dominating the West Virginia Mountaineers 79-52 at home Saturday for its sixth win in eight tries.
However, coach Matt Painter knows that games away from home in the Big Ten are always difficult. The Wolverines’ only defeat in its last 28 home games came versus Purdue.
The Boilermakers have a difficult task ahead in slowing Burke and Hardaway, even when they have been successful in the past. Burke has 18 points while shooting 7 of 22 (31.8 percent) in two career meetings, while Hardaway scored 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting in the most recent college basketball meeting.