Ann Arbor, MI (WKZO) – Despite a sluggish start against Purdue, the Wolverines are now just one win away from being ranked #1 for the first time since 1993, after defeating the Boilermakers 68-53 Thursday night.
With top ranked Duke losing Wednesday night, it’s an almost certainty that Michigan will take over the #1 spot with a win on Sunday at Illinois.
Trey Burke scored a team high 15, and had eight assists for the Wolverines (18-1, 5-1), who still remain a half game behind Michigan State for the overall Big Ten lead.
Purdue maintained a steady lead in the first half over the Wolverines, backed by 7 of 13 shooting from downtown. The Boilermakers led by as much as seven, and were able to stop Michigan before they could put together any type of run and entered the half leading Michigan by one, 33-32.
As the second half went on Michigan seemed to get stronger and stronger. A 14-2 run gave the Wolverines an 11 point, 53-42, and they never looked back, coasting the rest of the way.
Big Ten Player of the week Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13, while Glenn Robinson III, son of former Boilermaker Glenn Robinson, and Nik Stauskas each had 12.
Michigan is now 27-1 in their last 2 seasons at Crisler Arena, with their only loss coming to Purdue last year.