ANN ARBOR — Alley-oop dunks. Open 3-pointers. And another strong defensive performance. Michigan’s first game of December looked a lot like its seven in November, as the Wolverines beat Purdue 76-57 on Saturday in the Big Ten opener for both schools.
Michigan (8-0) never trailed against the No. 19 Boilermakers and led by double digits most of the way. The Wolverines have outscored opponents by an average of 21.4 points during their perfect start.
On Saturday, Jordan Poole made five of Michigan’s 13 3-pointers, missing just one shot from the field en route to a game-high 21 points. Jon Teske added 17 points and eight rebounds, getting a huge ovation from the sold out Crisler Center crowd when he was subbed out in the final minutes.
Michigan held Purdue (5-3) to 35 percent shooting. Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Carsen Edwards, who averaged 25 points per game coming in, was 7-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-5 from 3. With Zavier Simpson guarding him much of the night, Edwards was forced into contested jumpers off the dribble.
Purdue did not take its third loss until Feb. 7 last season.
The first 10 minutes couldn’t have gone much better for the Wolverines. They led 31-16 after Teske, in one vicious motion, caught and dunked a pass from Simpson. Michigan had made 6-of-7 3s at that point, as Purdue’s defense scrambled.
After the Teske dunk, Michigan’s next basket did not come until nearly 4.5 minutes later, but its reliable defense meant the lead remained at 15. Purdue got as close as 11, but two more Michigan 3-pointers — U-M finished the half 9-of-15 from downtown — made it 44-28 at the break.
Poole’s 3 from the top of the arc made it 56-38 with 16:10 left. Simpson (15 points, seven assists, six rebounds) got to the rim all afternoon, and his back-to-back drives pushed the margin to 20 at the 14:29 mark. That was Michigan’s last field goal until more than nine minutes later, when Teske hit his second 3-pointer of the game. Purdue was eventually able to cut the margin to 12 during the drought.
The No. 7 Wolverines will likely be ranked higher before their next game, Tuesday at Northwestern.