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Michigan-Purdue Preview 3-6-13

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ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 05: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to get past Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Crisler Center on February 5, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 76-74 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ANN ARBOR, MI – FEBRUARY 05: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to get past Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Crisler Center on February 5, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 76-74 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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(AP) – Michigan finally demonstrated the toughness its coach was looking for in a huge win over the weekend.

The seventh-ranked Wolverines may need a similar approach to shake off their road funk Wednesday night when they play Purdue, where they have lost six of seven.

Michigan (24-5, 11-5 Big Ten) had been 4-1 in road games before losing their last four – all in February. The Wolverines ended the month with last Wednesday’s road loss to a Penn State team which had been winless in conference play.

A perimeter-oriented team, Michigan went 3-4 in February and had some critics highlighting the team’s perceived lack of physicality as a potentially major flaw come the postseason. Coach John Beilein’s team was outrebounded by an average of 2.3 per game last month compared to an average margin of plus-4.3 on the season.

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