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Michigan coach John Beilein admitted he didn’t have an answer to it. Anything he drew up in the huddle during timeouts simply wouldn’t work.
Playing at Indiana on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced 17,472 at Assembly Hall, his Wolverines’ offense was stifled.
After being held to a season-low 52 points, No. 10 Michigan (16-5, 8-1) suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season to Indiana (14-8, 4-5), a team that was coming off a five-point loss at Nebraska only three days earlier. And it was a 63-52 defeat.
“Tom (Crean) and his staff did a really good job,” Beilein said. “The defensive game plan was outstanding. We hadn’t seen anything like it since I’ve been here and we ended up trying to adjust on the fly.”
What, specifically, caused the Wolverines — a team that was averaging 75.1 points per game during its 10-game win streak — so much trouble? It all had to do with how the Hoosiers handled the Wolverines’ screens on offense.
“We haven’t seen when they put our primary screener with a switch guy, with [Will] Sheehey, and that’s what changed a lot of things,” Beilein said. “Drawing that up in the huddle and practicing it are two different things.”
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
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Check out 33 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
Thoughts on a 63-52 win against the Wolverines:
The time, team and place were right.
Michigan, a program that’s struggled in Assembly Hall under John Beilein, took the court this afternoon winners of 10 straight and holders of a perfect 8-0 mark in conference. A loss was bound to happen soon. From the opening tip, Indiana made it known that loss would come today.
Yogi Ferrell’s performance was one to remember. He was fire from beyond the arc, hitting 7-of-8. On only 10 shots, he scored 27 points. But his work on the other side of the ball was equally impressive. While he gave up size to Nik Stauskas, his quickness allowed him to faceguard the projected lottery pick and potential Big Ten player of the year. It confused and frustrated Michigan’s league-leading offense. Stauskas never really got involved (1-of-6, six points). He was a non-factor.
It was a stroke of genius from Tom Crean during a game a chorus of boos rang down on him for a stretch of the first half when Jonny Marlin and Jeff Howard entered and Indiana’s lead quickly evaporated. Hoosier fans have griped about Crean’s substitution patterns all season, and this was them standing up and shouting “no!” loud and clear. Marlin and Howard were yanked at the next stoppage of play, never to return again save for Howard coming in with less than a minute left and the game sealed.
John Beilein, Caris LeVert and Jordan Morgan met with the media following No. 10 Michigan’s 63-52 loss to Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
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Noah Vonleh (10 points, 12 rebounds), Evan Gordon (eight points) and Yogi Ferrell (27 points) met with the media following Indiana’s 63-52 win over No. 10 Michigan on Sunday at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below:
Quotes are available after the jump.
(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson, UMHoops.com)
Coming into Sunday’s game against No. 10 Michigan, Indiana is aware there might not be a hotter team in the country than the Wolverines.
After losing by two points at home to Arizona on Dec. 14 to drop its record to 6-4 mark, Michigan has not lost. Coming into Bloomington on a 10-game winning streak, the Wolverines went undefeated in January and will look to win their ninth Big Ten game in a building where they have not won in since January 2009.
“No question they are a high-powered offensive machine,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “They are a tremendous help defensive team. They’ve got very good one-on-one defenders, but their help defense is very good.
“You can see their experience of their front line, really almost like captaining the defense, so to speak, with what they do, and everybody kind of fills in accordingly and the help defense is outstanding. You can’t stand around, you have to be in movement, and they are an incredible challenge.”
Even after the Wolverines lost starters Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA last season and lost sophomore big man Mitch McGary to injury, they have found new life this season. Sure, the beginning wasn’t necessarily smooth — a loss to Charlotte stained the Wolverines’ early-season résumé — and come Big Ten season, the Wolverines were unranked.