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.
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.
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.