Mark Donnal talks limiting Pure big men

Michigan's Mark Donnal discusses his attempts to limit the touches of the Purdue big men in its upcoming game against the Boilermakers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The last time Michigan and Purdue played each other this season, the Boilermakers used their centers to create success against the Wolverines in a 87-70 thrashing.

Purdue's centers, A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas, are both seven-foot monsters in the paint. U-M center Mark Donnal will have his hands full trying to contain the big men on Saturday. According to Donnal, he doesn't have to do anything special in terms of guarding one player over the other. He just has to make sure neither get into position in the paint.

"You play both of them the same way," Donnal said. "They're both big seven-footers and you have to limit their touches down low because if they get in a good position it's going to be a bucket every time."

Donnal could learn a lot from the previous game tape. He believes he has the solution that can limit the touches of both Hammons and Haas.

"Just looking at the game film from the first game there was a few times we were out of position," Donnal said. "We were fronting too high or letting them deep post touches so we need to do a better job of eliminating their touches."

U-M hasn't had much success at home the previous two games held at Crisler. Donnal, as well as the entire team, knows that it has an opportunity in front of them to get things right with a big win against Purdue.

"Losing at home leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Donnal said. "We all want to get out there and show the fans that we have the potential to beat good teams like Purdue."


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