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Big Ten Championship Game Thread: Michigan (5) vs Purdue (3)

It’s hard to beat a good team three times... Right?

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Yawn. For the second time this year, Michigan rattled the Spartans and won comfortably in the second half. Gosh, imagine what it feels like being a program with a high profile coach that year-in, year-out gets all the hype yet consistently loses to its in-state rival.

Michigan won its third game in three days and looks to complete the 4-in-4 for the second consecutive year. Purdue is playing some really good basketball and made easy work of Penn State yesterday.

Mo Wagner was equally parts horrible in the first half and awesome in the second. Simpson, MAAR and Matthews all made big plays when it mattered the most as well. And how great has Duncan Robinson been?

The Wolverine back-court’s struggles with free throws will make every game an adventure, but a top-flight defense and an army of guys who can score off the dribble helps cover for that.

Game Info

Teams: 5. Michigan Wolverines (25-7) vs. 3. Purdue Boilermakers (28-5)

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Location: Madison Square Garden (ever heard of it?). New York City, New York

Tip-off: 4:30 p.m. EST

Television: CBS

Today’s Question:

Can Michigan finish the job?

Purdue is 2-0 against the Wolverines this year, yet both games could have gone either way. Both are two good teams playing near the top of their games, Michigan in particular the last two. Though a 3-seed vs. a 5-seed on paper may look like a mismatch, Michigan is not your everyday conference tournament 5-seed. If Wagner can stay out of foul trouble and the wings continue to make more positive plays than negative, they will be a very-tough out for anyone they face...but you all know that.

Go Blue.