Big 10 Player of the Year candidate Nick Stauskas had 16 points and rising sophomore Caris LeVert chipped in 14 to go along with 11 rebounds as the Michigan Wolverines cruised to a 75-66 win over Purdue on Thursday night in Ann Arbor. A.J. Hammons scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards for the Boilers in defeat.
With the win, the Wolverines improve to 8-0 in conference play, and they continue to play very good basketball. Four players tallied at least 11 points and the Wolverines shot nearly 54 percent from three, going 7-of-13. When a team shoots the ball like that at home, they’re going to be very tough to beat.
While Stauskas and LeVert were the two main contributors offensively, Jordan Morgan battled tough in the paint and has really risen his game with the absence of preseason All-American, Mitch McGary. Derrick Walton Jr. also put together another solid performance and seems to be starting to figure it out. He’ll be key down the stretch as it’s ever so important to have a reliable point guard as March nears.
On the Purdue side, the Boilermakers never really looked like they were going to win this game. They kept it close for a while in the first half, and even made a mini-push in the second after two straight emphatic Hammons dunks. However, Matt Painter‘s squad just doesn’t have enough offensive firepower to match a potent attack like Michigan’s.
Outside of Hammons, Purdue lacks any real scoring threat. From an outside perspective, it’s troublesome that they go away from the talented 7-footer at times. He’s the type of player who should touch the ball on every possession. It was a good win for a Michigan team that has now won 10 in a row. The Wolverines will take their perfect conference record on the road for a tricky matchup in Bloomington with the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.
Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball columnist for RantSports.com. You can follow him on twitter @OfficialSturg27