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Video: Burke, Hardaway Jr. react to loss to Indiana

Via our friends at UMHoops.com, here’s postgame reaction from Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. following Michigan’s 72-71 loss to Indiana at the Crisler Center.

IU student told to wear Michigan shirt or leave

031013ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As is usually the case when Indiana goes on the road, there were several Hoosier fans mixed in the Michigan student section at Sunday’s game at the Crisler Center.

But prior to the game, any student wearing an Indiana shirt was approached by an usher, handed a maize shirt with the word “Hail” on it, and told to wear it or leave the arena.

One of those students was Indiana senior Yoni Freedman, who bought a ticket for 60 dollars from one of his University of Michigan friends and camped out in a tent on Saturday night. He and his friends arrived outside the Crisler Center at 12:45 a.m., and got seats in the first row of the student section directly behind the Indiana bench.

Freedman was wearing a No. 3 Indiana jersey, and was almost immediately asked to take it off.

“I asked to see a rule book and said even Assembly Hall allows away fans to wear their own jerseys and we practically invented basketball,” Freedman said in a text message. “They replied ‘We don’t have a rule book, it’s a known athletic policy and you can leave or stay and wear maize and blue or white.'”

Freedman had a white Kilroy’s Red Wings shirt on underneath, and offered to leave the jersey off and just wear the shirt. But the ushers declined, saying Freedman either had to wear the “Hail” shirt or exit the arena.

“They even had a hard time with the Kilroy’s shirt even though it was for the hometown Detroit Red Wings,” Freedman said.

Another girl sitting in the student section behind one of the baskets initially declined the yellow shirt, and then put it on to avoid being kicked out.  When the usher left the section, she took the shirt back off, what was eventually forced to wear it once again.

As for Freedman, he said he planned to give the maize “Hail” shirt to one of his Michigan friends after the game. He proudly held his No. 3 jersey in his hand and waved it during the pregame introductions, even though he received a good deal of ridicule for it.

Update: Via the MaizeRage web site, here are the rules for sitting in the bleachers:

Students with a ticket in the bleachers are required to wear a maize Michigan shirt (preferably basketball related), a Michigan basketball jersey, or a costume. Students who do not comply with this requirement may be moved to the blue or gold sections. It is also required that students in the bleachers stand up during game action. It looks bad on television when some of the students are sitting down.

What to Expect: Michigan

IUUMITH0004Following its second in loss in three games, Indiana hits the road on Sunday for a meeting with Michigan at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Hoosiers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and a share of the regular season conference crown, but can win the league outright with a win over the Wolverines.

The game will be broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg on the call at 4 p.m.:

In a fitting finish to what has been one of the most competitive Big Ten seasons in recent memory, a full day of hoops on Sunday will determine whether one team (Indiana) walks away with the conference championship or up to three other teams (Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State) get a share as well.

The spotlight will be on Ann Arbor as Indiana goes into its regular season finale with a one-game lead in the loss column. Michigan is unbeaten at home with a 16-0 record and the Wolverines are coming off a pair of hard-fought wins over Michigan State at home and Purdue on the road.

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As incredibly balanced as Michigan has been offensively this season, the one constant the Wolverines possess also happens to be the primary competition to Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller for Big Ten player of the year. Sophomore point guard Trey Burke has followed up a tremendous freshman season with an even better sophomore campaign. He’s the second leading scorer in the conference at 19.1 points per game and is the leader in assists with 6.9 per contest (39.4 assist rate). Burke is shooting nearly 55 percent on twos and over 38 percent on threes. He’s at his best using the ball screen and the Hoosiers defended him relatively well in that regard in the first meeting using mostly Yogi Ferrell, which was a key to victory.

While he’s overlooked by some because of Burke, junior Tim Hardaway Jr. has bounced back from a sophomore season where he really struggled to shoot the ball from the perimeter. Hardaway Jr. is hitting 38.9 of his 3-point attempts, up from 28.3 percent a season ago. The team’s second leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, Hardaway Jr., like many of his teammates, has benefited greatly from Burke’s ability to find him loose on the perimeter.

Freshman Nik Stauskas is the team’s leading 3-point shooter at close to 46 percent overall, but he’s hit just 36.4 of his attempts from distance in Big Ten play. With just 0.9 fouls called per 40 minutes, Stauskas is the least foul prone player in all of college basketball. Indiana is also likely to see two more freshman, Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert, in limited roles off the bench. Albrecht is the backup point guard and is capable of knocking down perimeter shots and LeVert is a solid defender who filled in nicely for an injured Stauskas with eight points in the win over Michigan State.

Another freshman, Glenn Robinson III, starts at the four for the Wolverines. While he’d be undersized in some systems at just 6-foot-6, John Beilein’s preference to go small at the four makes Robinson a perfect fit. He’s the fourth Michigan player averaging in double figures at 10.9 points per game and is shooting 63.3 percent on twos. Joining Robinson in the starting lineup is junior Jordan Morgan, who is slowly regaining his form after an ankle injury forced him to miss a couple of games and severely limited his minutes in five other contests. He doesn’t score much, but Morgan is a very good post defender and does a nice job of cleaning up the glass on both ends (12.2 OR% and 18.9 DR%).

Mitch McGary comes off the bench and plays 17.1 minutes per game that are often productive. McGary is the team’s best rebounder on both ends (16.1 OR% and 20.7 DR%) and is shooting close to 58 percent from the field. Jon Horford, who has battled injuries for much of his time in Ann Arbor, chips in 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

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Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan

Tom Crean, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo met with the media Saturday afternoon to preview Indiana’s game on Sunday with Michigan at the Crisler Center.

Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media players below, via IUAthletics on YouTube:

Oladipo, Zeller named finalists for 2013 Wooden Award

IUUMITH0020Indiana junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller are both finalists for the 2013 John R. Wooden Award, the national advisory board for the award announced on Saturday.

Through 30 games, Oladipo is averaging 13.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists and Zeller is averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

Current Indiana Director of Basketball Operations Calbert Cheaney was the last Hoosier to win the Wooden Award in 1993. Zeller was one of three freshman finalists last season for the award, joining Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Here’s the complete press release and list of finalists:

Los Angeles (March 9, 2013)— The John R. Wooden Award Ballot was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN College GameDay. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of 15 student-athletes who are eligible for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. All balloted players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women’s ballot will be released next week.

Creighton forward Doug McDermott is the only player on this year’s ballot who was a Wooden Award All American in 2012. He is the nation’s No. 2 scorer, at 23.4 ppg, and has taken the Bluejays to a 24-7 record to date this season (through March 4).

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.

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Video: Highlights of 2013 Indiana signee Stanford Robinson

Via CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube:

Luke Fischer to be named Wisconsin Mr. Basketball

123112aiClass of 2013 Germantown (Wi.) center and IU signee Luke Fischer will be named Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball on Saturday, the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association announced on Friday evening.

Germantown, led by Fischer’s 32 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks and two assists, dispatched of Oshkosh North 80-60 in the Division I state semifinals on Friday night at the Kohl Center.

The Warhawks, ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Super 25, are looking to complete their second consecutive undefeated season and state championship this weekend.

Fischer, who was averaging 21.5 points and 10 rebounds going into this weekend’s games, beat out stiff competition for the award including Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin), Nick Fuller (Nebraska), Duane Wilson (Marquette) and Matt Thomas (Iowa State).

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound IU signee committed to the Hoosiers on Dec. 31, 2011 following a win over Ohio State at Assembly Hall and signed his National Letter of Intent last November.

Fischer is rated the No. 67 prospect overall in the class of 2013 according to ESPN.com, one of four Indiana signees in the top 100. He’s drawn some comparisons to current IU sophomore Cody Zeller.

“The comparisons that I would give Luke to Cody is this: Their approach is very, very similar, their demeanor, their ability to figure things out and not get rattled is very, very similar,” Tom Crean said last December. “I would say at the same age there is a somewhat similar skill set. He can play with his back to the basket, he can play facing up. We’re excited about him.”

Fischer will play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic next month at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

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