Big Ten: Afternoon Stats, Notes, Quotes

By Phil Kasiecki - March 09, 2007

CHICAGO - As we get ready for the night session, which starts shortly with No. 7 Michigan State taking on No. 2 Wisconsin, we have some key states, notes and quotes from the afternoon games. We're about to hear the announcement of the starting lineups, with a pretty good crowd on hand.

Stats from the first game:

  • Michigan out-rebounded Ohio State 47-25, including 22 offensive boards that they cashed in for 18 second-chance points. In a real oddity, though, Ohio State had a solid 32-18 edge in points in the paint.
  • Michigan shot below 33 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers, which the Buckeyes turned into 21 points. Ohio State had just five turnovers.

Stats from the second game:

  • Purdue shot 50 percent from the floor and had a 38-29 edge on the boards.
  • The offensive rebounds were about even, but the Boilermakers had a 17-4 advantage in second-change points.
  • Purdue's bench had a 25-8 scoring edge.

Other Notes

  • For the second year in a row, the defending tournament champion did not win a game in the tournament. Iowa won it last year and was just knocked out.
  • A writer asked Michigan's Dion Harris and Brent Petway about why they didn't make the NCAA Tournament, which most would figure is a foregone conclusion. Instead of the players responding, Michigan coach Tommy Amaker had a response. "I don't think that's fair to say that we will not make it, so I don't think we have that information to answer that question. So I don't think you should ask them what would point to why we didn't make it. We haven't been told we're not going to be included in that tournament yet. I think that's fair. I don't think we should assume that right now and ask those kids to have an answer for something that is not proven to be accurate yet."
  • As if that wasn't enough, a couple of more questions were asked of Amaker relative to it, and he didn't really talk much on it. Eventually, it got to the point that he made it clear he wanted to hear no more about it, saying, "If we would like to talk about the basketball game today, I'm more than happy to do that."
  • Purdue's players and coach Matt Painter all cited Chris Kramer's defense on Adam Haluska as one of the reasons they won the game. Haluska had 14 points on 4-16 shooting.
  • Both players and coach also said the main motivator for the game was the only regular season meeting between the two teams, when Iowa beat Purdue by the same margin, 78-59, in Iowa City.
  • Asked if it will feel odd rooting for arch-rival Indiana later tonight, since Illinois is also a bubble team, Purdue's David Teague said he won't do that, no matter how much an Indiana win might help them. "No, I'm still not rooting for IU."
Posted by Phil Kasiecki at 06:36 PM on March 09, 2007

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