1:30 p.m. at No. 24 Michigan • Ch. 9 (1130-AM, 103.5 FM)
A banged-up team tries again
Preview: The Gophers (14-10, 3-8 Big Ten) could play their seventh game this season without G Amir Coffey, questionable because of a right shoulder injury. He and F Gaston Diedhiou (ankle) were sidelined for Tuesday’s 94-80 loss at Iowa. G Dupree McBrayer was limited to eight minutes in the second half because of lingering lower left leg injury, but he’s expected to play Saturday. Michigan (18-6, 7-4) bounced back from a hard-fought 92-88 loss to Big Ten leader Purdue with a 58-47 victory Monday over Northwestern.
Players to watch: Gophers F Jordan Murphy had 21 points and 17 rebounds at Iowa. That gave him a nation-best 20 double-doubles this season, one shy of tying Gophers great Mychal Thompson’s school single-season record. Michigan F Moe Wagner has scored in double figures six times in eight games, including 27 points in an upset of Michigan State on Jan. 13.
Numbers: The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in scoring defense (63.1 ppg). The Gophers rank 13th (73.5).