Michigan Basketball at Indiana

Michigan's offense experienced a few classic road woes - the Wolverines were stuck on 35 points from 3:25 to play in the first half to 15:43 to play in the second - but in the end they managed 1.17 points per possession, a hair above their conference-leading average. " Moritz Wagner recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while D. J. Wilson also scored in double figures with 13 points".

MI still has a lot of work left to do if it hopes to make the Big Dance for the sixth time in seven seasons, but Derrick Walton Jr.is doing everything in his power lately to make it happen.

The Indiana basketball team has had a first half to forget against the Michigan Wolverines, especially Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean. His Wolverines led 35-25 at the intermission.

IN starting guards Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., in his second start back after a lower leg injury, and starting center Thomas Bryant combined to play 88 minutes and score 19 points on seven made baskets.

Against a team as talented as MI, the Hoosier defense needed to play extremely well from the start.

After taking a 10-point halftime lead despite not scoring over the final 3:25, MI came out firing blanks in the second half, missing its first seven shots - six from 3-point range - as the scoring drought dragged on. If the Wolverines can continue to work together, expect more Big Ten victories in their future. And the win was a 78-75 decision at Penn State when James Blackmon Jr. hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wilson rounded out the Wolverines with double-digit points with 13 and added three blocks and three steals.

The Marion, Indiana native is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.3 ppg) and first for 3-point field goals made. If Indiana expects to pick up wins against its remaining opponents, Blackmon Jr.'s play will be a deciding factor to the team's success. The Wolverines capitalized on their defensive play, generating those turnovers into 13 points.

The Wolverines forced four turnovers over the first seven minutes and took advantage. MI has forced turnovers on at least 20% of its opponents possessions in 5 of their last 6 games and that has allowed a defense that still doesn't force many misses to succeed. While the game felt critical for both teams' postseason hopes, MI looked to be the sharper and more engaged team from the opening jump. Michigan's recent play has displayed its momentum heading in to the postseason. In order to keep its momentum alive, MI must play at an elite level in the weeks to come. Their NCAA tournament hopes now hang by the slimmest of threads, with four road games left in their last five.

But following Indiana's fifth loss in its last six games, a 75-63 setback to Michigan, Crean said he knows that the buck ultimately stops with him.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of MI men's basketball team earned a 75-63 road victory over IN on Sunday (Feb. 12) inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Indiana's hopes to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament a year after winning the Big Ten have been pushed to the very edge of the cliff.

  • Julie Sanders


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