ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Now back at the top of the national rankings, No. 1 Purdue basketball heads to a matchup against Michigan Thursday night at the Crisler Center.
The Boilermakers finish the season after their trip to Ann Arbor with six home games from 10 Big Ten competitions. A win over the Wolverines would give Purdue victories at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game, including tip time and TV info, top scorers from both teams and a look at the managerial game:
How to watch No. 1 Purdue in Michigan
- Who: No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers (19-1, 8-1 Big Ten) and Michigan Wolverines (11-8, 5-3 Big Ten)
- What: The only away game for the Boilermakers before back-to-back matchups at Mackey Arena.
- When: 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 26.
- Where from: Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- TV: FS1
- broadcaster: Jason Benetti, Bill Raftery
- Live broadcast: fuboTV (start free trial)
- Radio: Purdue Sports Network | Online: wazy.com, Satellite: Ch. 84 (SiriusXM), Ch. 84 (SXM app).
- radio announcer: Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell
- AP poll: Purdue came in at number 1 after winning all three games last week. Michigan is unclassified.
- KenPom Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 5 in the KenPom rankings as of Wednesday. Michigan is 60th overall out of 363 teams.
- Last season’s records: Purdue was 29-8 overall, including a 14-6 mark in Big Ten play. The team defeated Yale and Texas in the NCAA tournament before losing to Saint Peter’s 67-64 in the Sweet 16. Michigan went 19:15 and 11:9 last season.
- Series history: Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan with a 90-75 record, but the Boilermakers are 1-7 in their last eight games at the Crisler Center.
Boilermakers from Purdue
- C Zach Edey: 21.5 ppg, 13.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 61.4 fg pct
- G Fletcher Loyer: 12.8 ppg, 2.6 apg, 1.7 rpg, 36.4 3pt FG pct
- G Braden Smith: 9.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 44.6 3pt FG pct
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- C Hunter Dickinson: 18.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 40.0 3pt FG pct
- G Jett Howard: 14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 38.2 3pt FG pct
- G Kobe Bufkin: 12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 ppg
Get to know the trainers
Matt Painter, Purdue: Painter is in his 18th season as Purdue Basketball’s head coach. He owns an overall record of 403-193 with the program, including a 202-116 mark in the Big Ten. With a 73-55 win over Nebraska on Jan. 13, Painter became only the fifth coach in Big Ten history to have 400 career wins while at conference school, along with Bob Knight, Tom Izzo, Gene Keady and Lou Henson.
Painter began his career as a head coach in Southern Illinois, where he led the team to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference in the 2003-04 season with a 25-5 aggregate record and losing just one game in league games.
Juwan Howard, Michigan: Howard, a former star player at Michigan in the early 1990s, is in his fourth year as the Wolverines’ head coach. He’s 72-40 and 40-25 in Big Ten games so far.
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