INDIANAPOLIS – John Beilein, Kameron Chatman and Zak Irvin addressed the media at the podium following Michigan’s 72-69 win over Indiana in the 2016 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Survive and advance. It’s March. It’s the name of the game as the Hoosiers enter the postseason. They learned that the hard way on Friday against No. 8 seed Michigan in their Big Ten Tournament opener.
The Wolverines were fighting for their NCAA tournament hopes. They played like it, too.
After two late corner 3-pointers from Duncan Robinson and a buzzer-beater from Kameron Chatman, compounded with an Indiana turnover with 21 seconds left — an issue that plagued the team all afternoon — Michigan shocked the top-seeded Hoosiers 72-69 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
It was a game, though, that the Hoosiers found themselves on the back foot for from the beginning.
INDIANAPOLIS – Quick thoughts on Indiana’s 72-69 loss to Michigan:
How it happened: Michigan came out as a hungry team with its backs to the wall in need of a win to reenter the NCAA tournament conversation. The Wolverines emerged victorious after a Kameron Chatman 3-pointer from the right corner splashed in with 0.2 seconds to go, leaving top-seeded Indiana with yet another quick exit from the Big Ten tournament. The loss doesn’t change the fact that Indiana is going to the NCAA tournament and should still have a pretty good seed, but taking control late with a five-point lead at 66-61 and then squandering it in the final 2:36 is a tough way to lose. The Hoosiers will now head back to Bloomington and wait to hear their destination for March Madness on Sunday evening.
Indiana begins postseason play on Friday afternoon in the Big Ten tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The top-seeded Hoosiers will open against Michigan, which beat Northwestern 72-70 in overtime on Thursday. Indiana won the only regular season meeting between the two teams, 80-67, on Feb. 2 in Ann Arbor.
The game will be broadcast at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN with Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich and Quint Kessenich on the call:
Indiana won the 2015-2016 Big Ten regular season title outright by two games, but the Hoosiers must put that accomplishment in the past as the season shifts to postseason play.
The Big Ten tournament, in its 19th season, is an event that Indiana has never won and the Hoosiers are just 11-18 all-time in the event. As the No. 1 seed, Indiana gets the slight advantage of the earliest time slot in the quarterfinals, but the Hoosiers must contend with a desperate Michigan team that needs a win to stay in the NCAA tournament conversation.
With four days off since crushing Maryland 80-62 on Sunday, Indiana should be well rested and ready to go on Friday in front of what should be a very pro-Hoosier crowd in Indianapolis.
While Indiana certainly got hot and pumped in the points during its 25-0 run to end the first half against Michigan, its defense was equally impressive.
The Hoosiers got steals, blocks and deflections. They kept their hands up and challenged shots.
“Defense generates the offense,” Robert Johnson said after the game. “When everybody was in there playing with energy defensively, it translated on the offensive side and everybody got a part of the run.”
We’ll take a look at four defense into offense sequences for the Hoosiers during The Run in the latest edition of Film Session:
Zak Irvin gets a ball screen on the left wing as Juwan Morgan chases:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana moved to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten in impressive fashion on Tuesday night as the Hoosiers dismantled Michigan at the Crisler Center.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the win over the Wolverines:
· This was Indiana’s most complete performance of the season: The Hoosiers destroyed Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern in Assembly Hall, but the performance on Tuesday night was their best effort so far this season.
After falling behind 15-4, Indiana outscored Michigan 41-9 the remainder of the first half. The Hoosiers had a 28-0 scoring run against a team that came in with one of the top 15 offenses in the country. This wasn’t just an offensive outburst from the Hoosiers, the defense was right there as well. Indiana held Michigan below one point per possession (.97) for the first time in conference play.
Yogi Ferrell had just frozen in the lane instead of following Derrick Walton out to the left corner. Walton drilled a 3-pointer in front of the IU bench and Indiana found itself down 15-4 at the 14:31 mark with four turnovers to boot. So Crean called a timeout to right the ship.