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Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals Michigan Wolverines vs Purdue Boilermakers Start Time, Betting Odds

The Michigan Wolverines and Purdue Boilermakers meet up in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The college basketball odds for the game have the Boilermakers favored to pick up a slim win in this one.

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Purdue -2.5

Michigan went through a wide range of emotions the day or so, but somehow they were able to run away with the tournament opener over Illinois. This game against Purdue certainly is expected to one that is closer as the Boilermakers are the conference champions of the regular season and sport the player of the year in Caleb Swanigan.

The Wolverines got 19 points from Derrick Walton Jr., 18 from Zak Irvin and 17 from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman in the team's win over Illinois. Michigan got up and down the floor well, they turned it over only seven times and shot nearly 54 percent from the floor. Considering their situation, that's certainly a hell of a job.

Purdue hasn't played since winning at Northwestern on Sunday evening. The Boilermakers have been very consistent this season and will have to play well defensively against a sharp-shooting Michigan team that excels with the basketball. Michigan ranks fifth-best in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency numbers, averaging 1.21 points per possession. The Boilers are Top 25 in both offensive and defensive numbers in that category.

This Michigan team feels like the squad that makes a run in the conference tournament and finds its way to the title game. They are the lone team to beat Purdue dating back to the beginning of February. The Boilers are 7-1 in that span.

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