Game 16: Michigan at Purdue Open Thread

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Michigan faces Purdue tonight at Mackey Arena with tip-off schedule for 7 p.m. on ESPNU. Adam Amin and Craig Robinson will be on the call and the game should also be available at Watch ESPN

Caris LeVert didn’t warmup for the game and won’t play for the Wolverines in West Lafayette. LeVert is missing his second consecutive game with a ‘lower left leg injury’ suffered late in Michigan’s win at Illinois.

Join the discussion in the comments section below.

  • Chris De Sana

    Irvin passes up the open 3 to get rejected at the rim

  • ZtMaizeNBlue

    Man. They seem to always hit the big shot when they need it to drop. Not our night…

  • Chezaroo

    Big answers from them when needed

  • Chris De Sana

    Down 6 with the ball to down 13 major problem

    • Chris De Sana

      And all on Walton and Irvin

  • JRose5

    Walton and Irvin, part of the core 4 a huge disappointment. 4-14 5 TOs and terrible D!

  • Tuff Enough

    Irvin his not the same shooter sense back surgery and that Form wow.

    • Chillax

      Wow

    • Tuff Enough

      Back surgery and I had it changes the way you were period. Not being Mean but Irvin is not the same player he was at the end of the year with his toughness and just the way he was looking..

  • Chris De Sana

    MAAR and Robinson 32 points and ZERO turnovers; they should have been running a 2 man game more often.

  • MGoTweeter

    The awareness from Walton/Irvin is dissapointing. Michigan needs them to make plays but every time they realize that, they force the action right at the start of a possession without forcing the defense to move

    • Tuff Enough

      AMEN!!

    • Chris De Sana

      They simply are not true facilitators of the offense. Can they compliment other guys now and then yes but they can not take the lead that has been proven as fact against better teams.

      • MGoTweeter

        Second half of big ten play last season, Irvin was terrific facilitating the offense. He has even had moments this year but the injury is obviously a factor. Walton is more of a mystery. He just seems to be so hot and cold with his play

        • Chris De Sana

          Stand corrected on Irvin he has shown flashes but for Walton to be on the Cousy watch list is a joke.

  • Corperryale

    That Hammons three is really the cherry on top.

  • Chris De Sana

    Game over……….

  • jemblue

    What is Purdue shooting from 3?

    • 47%.

    • Tuff Enough

      Lights out tonight and there coach was surprise with them shooting that good too.

  • MGoTweeter

    Credit Purdue for shooting the lights out. Michigan played better than I thought they would especially on d but just couldn’t get anything going on offense other than rahk one on one.

    • Chillax

      That’s why purdue defense is ranked so high I guess

  • Chillax

    Well like coach said we would learn something this game
    …….and that’s how to rebound. It’s not going to get any worse than that

  • Champswest

    Two 0-12 runs tonight.

    • A2MIKE

      Difference in the game right there

    • JumpStop21

      This is where having Caris today would have helped. He’s best ready on the team to stop runs like these by getting a bucket for M after two of their baskets, rather than five or six.

      • JumpStop21

        Or Spike. Who would have been more likely to find someone for an easy basket to quell the momentum.

  • bobohle

    Walton and Irvin may have had sub par game but, It would be nice to have B1G caliber bigs.

  • Tuff Enough

    Did Beilein still have that open scholarship he could have brought a senior in to help the team with shooting and toughness.

    • bobohle

      No a B1G caliber big

  • Corperryale

    Irvin 7 pts on 2-10, 4 TO
    MAAR 22 pts on 9-15, 0 TO

  • three_goggles

    MAAR should play more.

  • A2MIKE

    Missed the 10 second call

  • Theirnotgood

    Team just isn’t very good regardless of LeVert being injured. Too perimeter-oriented on offense and a terrible defense and rebounding team

    • MGoTweeter

      Huh

    • A2MIKE

      Go away troll

    • Tuff Enough

      When they have all the pieces going its a good team period..

    • jemblue

      Always a good idea to double-check the spelling before you adopt a username.

    • Chillax

      The worst part is his name is not right. They’renot good

    • Chris De Sana

      Purdue educated

    • Theirnotgood

      I Like Beilein, just not a fan of his style of play.

  • Corperryale

    It’s weird how this teams blows out bad teams and gets blown out by good teams. Wonder how they will fare against Indiana, OSU, Wisconsin.

    • Chris De Sana

      Road losses home 50/50

    • MGoTweeter

      I wouldn’t call this a blowout. Michigan had the ball down six with what six minutes left?

      • Chillax

        When people look at the scores that does not matter….only finalscore

        • Indiana_Matt

          I disagree. Example would be SMU game. That game we looked weak from start to finish and this game we had a lot of fight. There are things in this game to build on.

      • Corperryale

        19 is a blowout. Late collapse counts, I think.

        • MGoTweeter

          Ok. Disagree

    • Theirnotgood

      They’re not that good, this is what mediocre teams do.

  • Tuff Enough

    Purdue never hits 3s but tonigh could not miss and that’s the story to me..

  • Chillax

    I am getting angrier at Mr glass

  • Keith Kates

    We need a solid big man inside that demands the
    Ball Inside like Chris Webber Juan Howard or Mitch McGary

    • Chris De Sana

      Or Diamond Stone

      • Corperryale

        Deyonta Davis, Nick Ward, Bryant. We often mocked Amir Williams but he’s still better than anybody we have.

        • Chris De Sana

          True

        • Indiana_Matt

          Amir Williams was not good. When did he do anything better than the guys we have?

  • jemblue

    Shame we wasted Rakh’s huge day.

  • Breeze

    This story is we get nothing from our bigs. In this offense they need to defend, rebound and score of PNR. We get none of that. On top of that, we are not getting enough from Walton and Irvin, 2 Jr. who need to be doing more.

  • MGoTweeter

    Well solid effort from the boys. Hard to win when the three best players (levert, Irvin, Walton) give you nothing. But if they keep improving on d, this team is gonna be dangerous down the stretch and hopefully the tournament.

  • Tuff Enough

    That is what it looks like when you have 7 SR and JR. and a 5 star freshmen like Purdue has..

  • Chezaroo

    42-18 paint differential. Wondering if MAAR takes some of Waltons minutes when/if LeVert comes back? Heckuva an effort kid.

    • Breeze

      It should, but it won’t. They love Walton too much for some reason.

    • MGoTweeter

      Doubt it. Rahk is still just a scorer at best whereas Walton at best can create for others. Unfortunately Walton has gone into another funk last couple games

      • Chris De Sana

        I do not see Walton creating

      • Chezaroo

        Dribble drive attackers are a very valuable commodity. Right now he does what he’s asked, but I believe he has more game in his holster. Walton’s D nothing to write home about either. Gets trucked to often. Revealing that only MAAR has the game to attack top teams When Caris is out.

    • Corperryale

      Heckuva effort indeed. Amazing to see him score at will over the Purdue bigs while everybody else was getting punked at the rim.

  • Zack Foote

    Beilein has done a fabulous job turning the Michigan program around, he is a good coach;however, his unwavering philosophy/recruiting technique shows me he is lacking awareness or stubborn.
    Without Morgan and McGary, Michigan would have never made the championship or elite eight. Undersized teams who rely on the three can’t beat the best teams consistently.
    .

    • Breeze

      Agree, and look at the bigs we have coming in, more of the same.

    • MGoTweeter

      Those teams weren’t undersized?

      • Zack Foote

        McGary is a big dude,but one big can’t consistently do it alone against the top teams who always have size(Kentucky,Duke, Kansas, UConn, Syracuse ect…). In the Championship, Robinson Jr. at the 4 spot just wasn’t tough enough, but Beilein refuses to play two bigs. He had Morgan on the bench, one of my favorite players ever. Beileins program is limited, we saw how good it can be with 5 NBA players in the starting line-up, but they still lost to the more balanced approach of a Petino coached team. Do you ever notice how Beilein repeatedly loses out when recruiting top Big men talent? McGary was the only top Big Man recruit that Beilein landed at the five spot in 9 years. His system needs a tweek to allow for more traditional offensive sets when necessary. I understand Beilein knows how to win games but I want the team to win national championships. We are 0-3 in the big game since I have been watching.

  • Theirnotgood

    Dakich gets more minutes than Chatman? What is the deal their?

    • Breeze

      Chairman isn’t a pt guard, and he isn’t any good. That’s the deal.

    • MGoTweeter

      maybe watch Michigan play a game then comment.

    • Tuff Enough

      I agree, Chatman needs to get some minutes to become the player we all thought he would be and even the so called experts had him at almost a 5 star talent..

  • Corperryale

    Putting in Dakich is weird. Seems like padding an excuse… “we were so short-handed, I had to play a walk-on!” If Walton has to sit, MAAR can take his place just fine … plenty of wings to slide over into the 2-3-4 spots. With maybe a 2-big look now and then.

    • MGoTweeter

      Rahk isn’t a point guard. When he has had to run the point the whole offense has looked terrible.

      • Corperryale

        He can be a primary ball-handler. Maybe needs to work on his passing, but Dakich is a non-factor with all due respect. His drive into traffic to get massively swatted is exactly the kind of thing Spike would never, ever do.

        • MGoTweeter

          I mean I’d probably roll the dice with rahk against better competition but we’ve seen the offense struggle immensely when he has been the lead guard even against bad teams. Dakich at least has gotten them into offense against some teams.

          • Corperryale

            Maybe… in Ann Arbor against the weaker teams in the conference he could hold his own. He does have a kind of confidence with the ball, I will grant you. But it doesn’t show up in the box score, that’s for sure.

          • oiweoijeojiwjoiewj

            lol so you would be willing “roll the dice” with Rahk in these situations but you would feel more comfortable with Dakich? Good to know I can ignore everything you say from now on.

          • MGoTweeter

            You struggle with reading comprehension

      • oijadoijasdijasdo

        And yet Beilein allows Irvin to be a primary ball handler and facilitate the offense… I think Rahk is more capable tbh.

        • Chris De Sana

          Can you say that Walton does a better job than MAAR? I cant….

      • MGoTweeter

        I feel like there is a ton of recency bias here. Absolutely, without question, Irvin and Walton have been worlds better as offensive facilitators than rahk. Rahk is a better one on one player but he rarely if ever gets others involved. It takes more than one guy to make an effective offense as tonight showed

    • JumpStop21

      Is it really that weird? Dakich did such a great job at settling things down vs Penn State. Really miss Spike in a spot like this.