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Indiana 72 – Michigan 71: Wolverines drop heartbreaker in finale

Monday, March 11th, 2013


Final 1st 2nd Total
#7 Michigan (25-6, 12-6) 33 38 71
#2 Indiana (26-5, 14-4) 30 42 72

Trey Burke couldn't find the late-game magic to beat Indiana (Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)

The Big Ten title hung in the balance as the ball rested on the right edge of the rim. Jordan Morgan had put-back Trey Burke’s miss with just seconds remaining and the orange sphere rolled halfway around the orange metal circle trying to decide whether Michigan should earn a share of the title or Indiana should capture it outright. As the raucous Crisler Center crowd held its collective breath and players from each side looked up from below, the piece of air-filled rubber rotated to the right rather than the left, sending the Hoosiers into jubilation and the Wolverines into heartbreak. The last-ditch effort wasn’t what lost the game for Michigan, but it was a fitting end to a wild regular season.

Michigan had the game in its grasp in the final minute, needing only to convert its free throws to protect a five-point lead with 52 seconds remaining. But Michigan’s two stars, first Tim Hardaway Jr. and then Burke, each missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Indiana’s Cody Zeller scored the final six points of the game to clinch the Hoosiers’ first outright conference title in 20 years.

Michigan came ready to play from the onset, shaking off some early jitters to build a 27-16 lead with 5:07 remaining in the first half. It tied the Hoosiers’ largest deficit of the season. But Victor Oladipo stole the ball from Burke and made a layup that ignited a 14-6 Indiana run to close the half. Michigan led 33-30 at the break.

In the second half, the teams battled evenly throughout with Michigan leading by as many as six and Indiana leading by as many as four, neither able to pull away.

With the game tied at 66 and just under two minutes remaining, Michigan looked as if it was going to pull out the win. Morgan put back a missed shot, and after a Yogi Ferrell turnover, Hardaway made a runner to put Michigan ahead by four. Zeller was called for a travel and Indiana was forced to foul, sending Glenn Robinson III to the line where he made one of two to give Michigan a 71-66 lead. But that was the end of the scoring for Michigan as it let Zeller score six straight.

Burke finished what will likely be his final home game with 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Robinson scored 13, Nik Stauskas 12, and Hardaway 11, while Morgan had an efficient eight points and eight rebounds.

It was Michigan’s first home loss of the season and only its second in the last two years, and it denied the Wolverines a share of a second straight Big Ten title. More-so, the loss dropped Michigan to the fifth-seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament, meaning the Wolverines will play Penn State on Thursday instead of getting a first round bye. The game will be played in Chicago at approximately 2:30pm EST.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 5-7 1-2 2-4 1 4 5 0 13 1 0 1 1 37
52 Jordan Morgan* 4-9 0-0 0-0 6 2 8 3 8 0 0 0 0 24
03 Trey Burke* 7-20 5-8 1-3 1 2 3 2 20 4 4 1 3 36
10 Tim Hardaway Jr.* 5-12 1-6 0-2 0 2 2 2 11 2 1 1 0 36
11 Nik Stauskas* 4-9 2-4 2-2 0 3 3 0 12 0 0 0 1 34
02 Spike Albrecht 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 9
04 Mitch McGary 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 4 2 1 0 2 0 8
13 Matt Vogrich 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
15 Jon Horford 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 6
22 Blake McLimans 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Caris LeVert 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
44 Max Bielfeldt 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 27-65 10-22 7-13 12 18 30 16 71 10 6 7 5 200
Indiana 30-70 7-16 5-9 24 29 53 18 72 12 14 2 2 200

Michigan vs Indiana preview

Sunday, March 10th, 2013


#7 Michigan vs #2 Indiana
Sunday, Mar. 10 | 4pm ET | CBS
25-5 (12-5) Record 25-5 (13-4)
Slippery Rock 100-62
IUPUI 91-54
Cleveland State 77-47
Pittsburgh 67-62
Kansas State 71-57
NC State 79-72
Bradley 74-66
W. Michigan 73-41
Arkansas 80-67
Binghamton 67-39
West Virginia 81-66
E. Michigan 93-54
C. Michigan 88-73
Northwestern 94-66
Iowa 95-67
Nebraska 62-47
#9 Minnesota 83-75
Purdue 68-53
Illinois 74-60
Northwestern 68-46
#10 Ohio State 76-74 OT
Penn State 79-71
Illinois 71-58
#9 Michigan State 58-57
Purdue 80-75
Wins Bryant 97-54
N. Dakota State 87-61
Sam Houston St. 99-45
Georgia 66-53
Georgetown 82-72 OT
Ball State 101-53
#14 N. Carolina 83-59
Coppin State 87-51
C. Connecticut St. 100-69
Mount St. Mary’s 93-54
Florida Atlantic 88-52
Jacksonville 93-59
Iowa 69-65
Penn State 74-51
#8 Minnesota 88-81
Northwestern 67-59
Penn State 72-49
#13 Michigan State 75-70
Purdue 97-60
#1 Michigan 81-73
#10 Ohio State 81-68
Nebraska 76-47
Purdue 83-55
#4 Michigan State 72-68
Iowa 73-60
#15 Ohio State 56-53
#3 Indiana 73-81
Wisconsin 62-65 OT
#8 Michigan State 52-75
Penn State 78-84
Losses Butler 86-88 OT
Wisconsin 59-64
Illinois 72-74
Minnesota 73-77
#14 Ohio State 58-67
75.6 Points Per Game 81.1
62.3 Scoring Defense 61.9
844-for-1,723 (49.0%) Field Goal % 809-for-1,649 (49.1%)
704-for-1,686 (41.8%) Def. Field Goal % 675-for-1,745 (38.7%)
228-for-592 (38.5%) 3-point % 224-for-536 (41.8%)
198-for-608 (32.6%) Def. 3-point % 171-for-573 (29.8%)
351-for-494 (71.1%) Free Throw % 590-for-792 (74.5%)
11.7 FT Made/Game 19.7
35.2 Rebounds Per Game 38.4
31.3 Opp. Reb. Per Game 30.9
14.6 Assists Per Game 14.7
9.4 Turnovers Per Game 12.9
6.0 Steals Per Game 7.6
2.5 Blocks Per Game 3.8
G – Trey Burke (19.1)
G – Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.9)
Leading Scorer C – Cody Zeller (16.5)
G – Victor Oladipo (13.7)
F – Glenn Robinson III (5.5)
F – Mitch McGary (5.4)
Leading Rebounder C – Cody Zeller (8.0)
F – Christian Watford (6.4)

This is it. The entire regular season boils down to one game. While Ohio State and Michigan State face off with Illinois and Northwestern, respectively, for conference tournament seeding placement, the one game that really matters is when Indiana invades Ann Arbor at 4pm EST.

Ohio State and Michigan State both find themselves in the awkward position of rooting for Michigan to upset the Hoosiers, since all four teams can claim a share of the Big Ten title if that happens. Indiana is the only team that can win the conference outright with a victory this afternoon.

Michigan hasn’t lost yet this season inside the friendly confines of the Crisler Center and has lost there only once in the past two seasons – the season finale against Purdue a year ago.

Today is Senior Day which will honor Matt Vogrich, Josh Bartelstein, Eso Akunne, and Corey Person for their contributions to the program. The Hoosiers lost their own senior night on Tuesday and will be looking to spoil Michigan’s.

The other major storyline in this game is it very well could be a battle for conference player of the year between Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo. Burke’s numbers have been more impressive, especially down the stretch, but many of the media have fallen in love with Oladipo thanks to Dick Vitale comparing him to Michael Jordan. Today’s game could very well be the deciding factor for many voters, fair or not.

When the two teams met a little over a month ago in Bloomington, Michigan held its own despite digging itself a big hole early on. Indiana jumped out to a 26-11 lead before Michigan battled back to a 36-32 halftime deficit. The Wolverines tied it up at 40 early in the second half, but Indiana was able to get to the line and convert 22-of-25 times to seal the 81-73 victory. That leads to the three keys to success for Michigan today:

1. Keep Indiana off the line. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten with 590 free throws made and 792 attempted. In fact, the 590 made are more than six Big Ten teams have even attempted all season, including Michigan. That is no doubt a major key to their success, especially since they shoot nearly 75 percent as a team.

2. Step up the defense. Michigan rose to the occasion against Michigan State last Sunday, holding the Spartans to just 57 points and dominating the paint. That was in contrast to the Wolverines’ defensive performance against Penn State and even Purdue on Wednesday. In order to beat Indiana today, it will require a similar effort. In Indiana’s four Big Ten losses, the Hoosiers have scored an average of 65.5 points, which is 15 below their season average. If Michigan can hold IU under 70 points, the Wolverines should win.

3. Feed the post. It’s no secret that Michigan’s strength is not its big men. But Jordan Morgan and Mitch McGary are talented enough to finish on the inside when the guards put them in position to do so and Glenn Robinson III can be lethal on back cuts and alley-oops. If Michigan can take it right to Cody Zeller and Christian Watford early on and try to get them into foul trouble, it will go a long way towards winning the game.

Michigan should be able to ride the home confidence, crowd, and officiating to keep pace with Indiana. Expect the game to come down to the wire with Burke willing the Wolverines to a win to clinch a share of the Big Ten title and a player of the year award in what should be his final home game. Prediction: Michigan 77 – Indiana 72

Indiana 81 – Michigan 73: #1 Wolverines stumble in Bloomington

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


Final 1st 2nd Total
#1 Michigan (20-2, 7-2) 32 41 73
#3 Indiana (20-2, 8-1) 36 45 81

Trey Burke held his own, but seemingly tried to do too much at times (Andy Lyons, Getty Images)

Winning on the road in the Big Ten is always a tough proposition and it’s even more so when facing third-ranked Indiana in Assembly Hall in a nationally televised primetime game. Michigan found that out on Saturday night with a 81-73 loss to the Hoosiers.

Michigan won the tip and Nik Stauskas drove the lane, took a hard hit as he missed the layup and Indiana recovered. As Indiana crossed midcourt, the ball went loose and in the hustle to regain it, Jon Horford was whistled for a foul. And so the game went. Indiana star Cody Zeller got the scoring started with a pair of free throws and the Hoosiers would get there often, making 22-of-25 for the game.

Michigan took the lead on a Trey Burke three, but Indiana’s Victor Oladipo answered with a three of his own. From there, Indiana went on a 15-4 run to open up a 20-7 lead before Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a piar of buckets. From that point, Michigan outscored the Hoosiers 25-16, punctuated by a step-back three by Burke just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to four.

To start the second half, Hardaway and Zeller traded buckets and Burke nailed a three to pull Michigan within one. Zeller answered with a dunk, but Stauskas was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three free throws to tie the game. However, Michigan was unable to capitalize on the momentum, as Indiana scored 11 straight to grab a 51-40 lead with just over 14 minutes to play.

Michigan went to work again, chipping away at the Hoosier lead, cutting it to four by the under-12 timeout. A Horford layup pulled Michigan within two and the teams played evenly for the next four minutes.

With just under four minutes to play, and Michigan down four, Oladipo drove the lane and was tied up by Hardaway. The officials whistled Hardaway for the foul, but inexplicably gave Oliadipo credit for the basket despite the fact that he took two-and-a-half steps after the tie-up before he laid in the basket. He converted the three-point play to widen the IU lead to seven.

Michigan was forced to chuck up threes and send the Hoosiers to the line in the closing minutes and Indiana escaped with the eight-point victory.

Michigan shot 42.9 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from three-point range, while Indiana shot a blistering 52 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from downtown. IU out-rebounded Michigan 38-29, but the game was won on the free throw line where the Hoosiers made 22 compared to Michigan’s six.

Apparently this is a shooting foul in Bloomington

Burke led all scorers with 25 points on 24 shots, while Hardaway had a much more efficient 18 points. Burke also dished out eight assists. Stauskas and Mitch McGary each chipped in 10, though Stauskas struggled with his shot all game, much like he did in Columbus a couple weeks ago. Glenn Robinson was held to just two points on 1-of-6 shooting and looked completely overmatched at times. We may never know for sure, but it seemed like something was off with him.

All five Hoosiers scored in double figures, led by Zeller’s 19 points and 10 boards. Oladipo scored 15, while Christian Watford also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Michigan falls a game behind Indiana in the Big Ten standings and will lose the No. 1 national ranking. But let’s not forget – the Wolverines were without Jordan Morgan (he did play two minutes) who was still recovering from an ankle injury he suffered in the previous game. His inside presence was severely missed, as Zeller was able to get several put-back dunks with no body to block him out. Horford and McGary filled in pretty well, but Morgan’s experience was certainly missed.

The Wolverines return home on Tuesday for a must-win battle with Ohio State. Everybody remembers the previous meeting when Michigan fell behind big in the first half and battled back only to fall by three. A loss on Tuesday would put the Big Ten title in jeopardy and give the Buckeyes yet another win over the Maize and Blue. From there, Michigan travels to Wisconsin and Michigan State to complete an early February gauntlet.

Final Game Stats
# Name FG-FGA 3FG-3FGA FT-FTA OR DR TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
01 Glenn Robinson III* 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 40
15 Jon Horford* 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 4 0 2 2 0 10
03 Trey Burke* 9-24 4-12 3-4 2 3 5 4 25 8 3 0 2 38
10 Tim Hardaway Jr.* 8-16 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 18 0 2 0 0 34
11 Nik Stauskas* 3-10 1-5 3-3 1 0 1 2 10 2 0 0 0 34
02 Spike Albrecht 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
04 Mitch McGary 5-7 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 4 10 1 0 1 2 28
23 Caris LeVert 2-4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 1 0 0 1 10
52 Jordan Morgan 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals 30-70 7-23 6-7 12 17 29 19 73 13 8 3 5 200
Indiana 26-50 7-18 22-25 9 29 38 14 81 13 16 5 6 200

Michigan at Indiana quick thoughts

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013


#1 Michigan vs #3 Indiana
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 9pm ET | ESPN
20-1 (7-1) Record 19-2 (7-1)
Slippery Rock 100-62
IUPUI 91-54
Cleveland State 77-47
Pittsburgh 67-62
Kansas State 71-57
NC State 79-72
Bradley 74-66
W. Michigan 73-41
Arkansas 80-67
Binghamton 67-39
West Virginia 81-66
E. Michigan 93-54
C. Michigan 88-73
Northwestern 94-66
Iowa 95-67
Nebraska 62-47
#9 Minnesota 83-75
Purdue 68-53
Illinois 74-60
Northwestern 68-46
Wins Bryant 97-54
N. Dakota State 87-61
Sam Houston St. 99-45
Georgia 66-53
Georgetown 82-72 OT
Ball State 101-53
#14 N. Carolina 83-59
Coppin State 87-51
C. Connecticut St. 100-69
Mt. St. Mary’s 93-54
Florida Atlantic 88-52
Jacksonville 93-59
Iowa 69-65
Penn State 74-51
#8 Minnesota 88-81
Northwestern 67-59
Penn State 72-49
#13 Michigan St. 75-70
Purdue 97-60
#15 Ohio State 56-53 Losses Butler 86-88 OT
Wisconsin 59-64
78.0 Points Per Game 84.0
58.6 Scoring Defense 60.4
609-for-1,195 (51.0%) Field Goal % 589-for-1,178 (50.0%)
473-for-1,175 (40.3%) Def. Field Goal % 457-for-1,222 (37.4%)
172-for-422 (40.8%) 3-point % 160-for-378 (42.3%)
133-for-433 (30.7%) Def. 3-point % 133-for-430 (30.9%)
248-for-352 (70.5%) Free Throw % 425-for-578 (73.5%)
11.8 FT Made/Game 20.2
36.7 Rebounds Per Game 40.3
29.2 Opp. Reb. Per Game 30.0
15.5 Assists Per Game 16.0
9.4 Turnovers Per Game 13.3
5.6 Steals Per Game 8.0
2.9 Blocks Per Game 3.5
G – Trey Burke (17.9)
G – Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.5)
Leading Scorer F – Cody Zeller (16.1)
G – Victor Oladipo (14.0)
F – Mitch McGary (6.0)
F – Glenn Robinson III (5.8)
Leading Rebounder F – Cody Zeller (8.0)
F – Christian Watford (6.5)

Entering this 2012-13 college basketball season, Michigan and Indiana were almost universally considered to be top-five teams in the country. They have yet to disappoint. With just three losses between them, the Wolverines and Hoosiers look like not only the class of the conference, but also contenders on the national stage.

Tonight (9pm on ESPN), a game that has been circled on both teams’ schedules since they came out finally arrives. The one-loss Wolverines, led by All-American point guard Trey Burke and a trio of double-digit scoring sidekicks, make the trip to Bloomington in what is sure to be one of the loudest games in the history of college basketball to face off against the two-loss Hoosiers, led by All-American center Cody Zeller and surprise player of the year Victor Oladipo. Here are three keys to the game for Michigan:

1. Limit the Scoring Bursts: The quintessential strength of both of these teams is no secret – they both score points seemingly at will and have been simply rolling through the majority of their schedules. Michigan and Indiana combine to average 162 points and shoot 51 percent and 50 percent, respectively, from the field. They also both shoot better than 40 percent from downtown as a team and boast five players apiece that knock down threes on more than 37 percent of their attempts. Points will be had.

Neither of these teams is particularly bad on defense, both ranking in the top 60 or so in defensive efficiency, but I don’t foresee this being a defensive struggle by any means. When points are being scored so often, however, runs are bound to happen at some point. The number one key for Michigan in this game will be to limit Indiana’s outbursts on offense. If the Hoosiers are consistently reeling off runs of six to eight points, Michigan is in serious trouble. The crowd could play a huge factor in this game, and especially so if Indiana can get a little distance early on.

The Wolverines were able to fight back from a 20-plus point deficit at Ohio State a couple weeks back before falling apart at the end; that will not be the case tonight. A double-digit lead in the first half for Indiana spells doom for the Maize and Blue. One way to prevent this from happening is to limit turnovers, which Michigan has done admirably well, turning it over only nine times per game and only twice in their win over Northwestern on Wednesday. Oladipo is a dynamic and athletic defender averaging 2.5 steals a night that will get his hands in passing lanes in the hopes of having one or two of those game-changing fast-break dunks. The Wolverines need to be cognizant of his location at all times and make smart passes. A bad shot or even a shot clock violation are much better outcomes than handing two points the other way.

2. Take Advantage of Individual Matchups: Usually this would be a key for Indiana, who possess a 6’9″ power forward making nearly 48 percent of his shots from downtown in Christian Watford and a center who runs the floor and gets to the line at an outstanding rate in Zeller, but Michigan actually might pose the greater matchup problems for the Hoosiers with their backcourt. Glenn Robinson III will be at a decent height disadvantage against Watford, but he is used to playing on the perimeter and he has the quickness and athleticism to stick with him.

Without Jordan Morgan, will Michigan be able to handle Cody Zeller inside? (Michael Conroy, AP)

Jon Horford and Mitch McGary will likely be tasked with holding down Zeller as Jordan Morgan seems doubtful for tonight, and certainly Zeller is an outstanding college player, but those two bigs have the strength and size to at least match up with him; so long as they stay out of foul trouble, Horford and McGary should be okay on defense.

In the backcourt, it’s going to be Tom Crean who looks to have some problems on his hands. Yogi Ferrell, Jordan Hulls, and Oladipo go 6’0″ (more like 5’10″), 6’0″ (probably closer to 5’11″), and 6’5″ at the guard spots for the Cream and Crimson. Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Nik Stauskas go 6’0″, 6’6″, and 6’6″ for Michigan. Furthermore, Jordan Hulls notably struggles guarding quicker and more athletic guards, of which you won’t find many better than Burke. Some pundits question whether Crean will put Oladipo, his best one-on-one cover man, on Burke to try to cut the head off the beast, but that would leave two sub-6’0″ers trying to guard two 6’6″ers that shoot better than 40 percent from downtown. The more likely scenario in my opinion is Ferrell guarding Burke, Oladipo on Hardaway, and Hulls on Stauskas, which means Michigan’s freshman sharpshooter will be called upon to shoulder a decent portion of the scoring load. If Stauskas is able to shoot over Hulls or drive by him, he might force Crean’s hand to limit Hulls’ minutes, which would be huge for Michigan, as the former Indiana Mr. Basketball shoots 48.1 percent from behind the arc.

3. Embrace the Spotlight: Every college basketball fan is watching this game tonight, and everyone at Assembly Hall tonight knows that. Last year, Indiana took down previously-unbeaten Kentucky at home in a thriller, and the Hoosiers will be looking to do the same tonight. The young Michigan squad needs to embrace the target on their backs, embrace the challenge of beating a great team on the road, and embrace the spotlight of this game.

Against Ohio State, a few Wolverines appeared a little shell-shocked when they fell behind early, and by the time the comeback was on, their energy was drained. Tonight, Stauskas, Hardaway, Jr., and the rest of the team need to play their games within the offense and trust that what the coaches have told them leading up to this game will work. If the Wolverines start forcing shots instead of using the shot clock, they will be dead in the water. Michigan needs to use their lethal fast-break to get some easy buckets and to quiet the crowd while also taking smart shots and making smart passes throughout the night. Easier said than done.

Prediction: This is one of those games where it’s tough to see either team running away with it. A double-digit lead would be huge for either team, but particularly for Indiana. Michigan will use the knowledge gained at Ohio State and at Minnesota to try to stay in the game early, survive a possible onslaught, and perhaps pull away late, retaining the top ranking in the country. But Indiana will do everything in their power to feed off the crowd throughout the night and shoot the lights out. This is the first time all season I have very little idea of what the outcome will be, but because I am forced to make a pick, I have to take Indiana 82-80.