ANN ARBOR, Mich. – John Beilein, Duncan Robinson and Zak Irvin met with the media following Michigan’s 80-67 loss to Indiana on Tuesday night at the Crisler Center.
Watch their postgame reaction below:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 80-67 win over Michigan:
How it happened: Indiana found itself trailing Michigan 15-4 with 14:31 remaining in the first half and the Crisler Center crowd sent the Wolverines to a Hoosier timeout on its feet. But Indiana quickly stabilized things and battled back to pull within one at 21-20 on a Juwan Morgan layup. Michigan’s next basket, a 3-pointer by Duncan Robinson at the 9:05 mark, would be its final points of the half. Indiana scored 25 unanswered on the Wolverines. The first half totals for IU: 1.30 points per possession with an effective field goal percentage of 71. Things didn’t improve much for Michigan from there as Indiana cruised in the second half to its ninth Big Ten victory (matching last season’s total) and 19th win overall. This was a dominating performance on the road against a team that beat Maryland on the same floor three weeks ago.
Indiana will seek its fourth Big Ten road win tonight as the Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at the Crisler Center. The Wolverines, winners of four straight, are 17-5 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play.
The game will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN with Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Allison Williams on the call:
At 8-1 with the lone blemish coming in overtime at Wisconsin, it’s hard to find much to complain about with Indiana’s performance in Big Ten play thus far.
The Hoosiers have certainly benefited from a favorable league schedule – the Pomeroy Ratings rank it the easiest so far for any Big Ten team – but things tighten up beginning tonight in Ann Arbor. Of IU’s last nine games, six of them are against projected NCAA tournament teams in Michigan, Iowa (2), Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland.
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With just one win against the RPI top 50, Indiana has work to do to solidify its NCAA tournament resume. The Hoosiers, who seem to be playing with confidence, have to hope that building momentum early in conference play leads to success down the stretch.
Tom Crean’s weekly radio show was taped in advance again, as the Hoosiers were already on the road to Ann Arbor to take on Wolverines Tuesday night. During the shortened show, Crean touched on a few topics.
“There is no doubt they are a very good basketball team,” Crean said. “They really shoot the ball. What they have been doing really well is defensive rebounding. They are right there or near the top of the league in defensive rebounding percentage and they are getting their break going.
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the fifth week of conference play and there are once again shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the fifth week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):
14. Rutgers (6-16, 0-9, .90 points per possession, 1.25 points per possession allowed) … Rutgers only lost to Michigan by 11 last week, so that’s a positive right?
13. Minnesota (6-16, 0-10, .94 points per possession, 1.11 points per possession allowed) … The Golden Gophers last five losses have each been by seven points or less, so there’s an argument to made that this group is improving. But there’s simply not enough talent and too much youth for Minnesota to win right now.
In the second half of its win against Minnesota on Saturday, Indiana had some defensive issues. The Hoosiers allowed Minnesota to score 30 of its 41 points in the paint and also allowed 16 fast break points.
We’ll take a look at some of the ways it went wrong for Indiana in the latest edition of Film Session:
Bakary Konate sets a ball screen for Nate Mason on the right wing:
Indiana picked up its eighth Big Ten win on Saturday afternoon at Assembly Hall, but it didn’t come nearly as easy as its last three victories in Bloomington. The Hoosiers beat Minnesota 74-68, but had to overcome a poor shooting effort and shaky second half defense to prevail.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Golden Gophers:
· Indiana can grow from this win: In a pretty drastic flip of the script from the last three games at Assembly Hall, Saturday’s outcome was in doubt in the final four minutes. In fact, after leading by 16 in the first half, Indiana allowed Minnesota to come all the way back and take a 67-66 lead with 3:54 remaining.