Purdue pulls away late from Michigan in Big Ten semifinals

After shocking Indiana in a virtual road game at the buzzer on Friday, the Michigan Wolverines advanced to the semifinals on to face another Indiana-based power in the Purdue Boilermakers. Some felt Michigan was already in the tournament after the huge win on Friday, but others still felt they needed one more quality win.

Michigan made it interesting in the second half, but Purdue too much as they fended off the Wolverines late, 76-59.

The Wolverines were down 8-0 out of the gate but were able to knock down more shots and eventually tie it on a few different occasions in the first half. Purdue pushed their lead back up to eight heading into the locker room at half and ultimately never looked back.

The big thing heading into this game was, ‘Can Michigan win using their bread and butter?’, the three-point shot? The answer was no, as they converted on only 6 of their 25 attempts from downtown. Michigan as a team only shot 37.7 percent from the floor in this game. Sophomore Muhhamd-Ali Adbur-Rahkman led the way with 15 points for the Wolverines and junior Derrick Walton Jr. posted another 14 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Junior Zak Irvin also ended up in double-figures with 11 points.

Michigan had no answer for Purdue’s size in their second meeting, as the Boilers’ pair of 7-footers, senior A.J. Hammons and sophomore Isaac Haas, combined for 38 of the team’s 76 points, Hammons being responsible for 27 of those. Purdue also converted on over 52 percent of their attempts from the field.

Now, Michigan will be sitting in their bubble bath until approximately 6 p.m. ET tomorrow when the field of 68 is announced.