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Michigan at Purdue GameThread

It is a battle for first place in the Big Ten.

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Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings from West Lafayette! I am in the house at Mackey Arena with my second of four media passes for the season as the boilers host Michigan. Last season the Wolverines came to West Lafayette and it was one of the most heartbreaking defeats in Purdue history. When the son of one of the all-time greats knocks down the game-winner in overtime it is a loss that stings for some time.

First place in the Big Ten is on the line in this one. I don't know how long we will be able to say that, but it is fun to say even after only one game.

Opponent: Michigan Wolverines
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 1/3/2015
Venue: MackeyArena (14,846)
Radio Stream: TuneIn
Satellite Radio: SIRI 136, XM
Odds: No line yet
Tickets: As low as $19.95 on Stubhub
Tipoff: 2:15pm
KenPom Ranking: 76 of 351
RPI: 122
Blog Representation: UM Hoops, Maize N' Brew
2014-15 Record: 7-5, 1-0
All-time series Purdue leads 83-66
Last Purdue win: 2/25/2012 at Michigan 75-61
Last Michigan Win: 2/26/2014 at Purdue 77-76 in OT
2013-14 Record: 28-9, 15-3 (Big Ten Regular Season Champs)
Last NCAA appearance: 2014, 1989 NCAA Champions
Coach: James Beilein (158-97 in 8th season at Michigan, 451-272 overall)