Five takeaways from Indiana’s win over Michigan

  • 02/03/2016 1:20 am in

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.

As the Wolverines missed shots and the lead started to balloon, it was clear Michigan’s confidence started to dwindle. And Indiana’s confidence grew with every made shot.

“They were a better team. Look at their record, they’re a really good basketball team,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in his postgame press conference. “And they were better than us tonight.”

· A look at the 28-0 run: Indiana scored 28 unanswered points from the 8:40 mark of the first half to the 18:36 mark of the second half.

Some of the numbers during that stretch are hard to believe given how explosive both teams are offensively. The Hoosiers had seven different players score while Michigan had six different players miss shots. Indiana hit 5-of-8 of its 3s while Michigan missed all four of its shots from distance. Twelve of IU’s points during the run came in the paint.

Yogi Ferrell had six of his 17 points during the run and four of his nine assists.

“We had some open shots and missed them,” Beilein said of the run. “And they’re tremendous in transition. We kept getting the ball on the zero yard line and they kept getting it on the 35.”

· Anunoby’s length gives Irvin major problems: One of the keys coming in for Indiana was slowing down Michigan junior Zak Irvin.

The Hamilton Southeastern product did finish with a team-high 16 points for the Wolverines, but 13 of those came when the game was already out of reach in the second half. The primary reason for Irvin’s struggles? The defense of IU freshman OG Anunoby.

Anunoby’s length bothered Irvin, who shot just 1-of-8 from the field in 19 first half minutes. His shots came up short and when he drove to the bucket, Indiana had more length waiting there to contest shots.

“Absolutely huge,” Tom Crean said of Anunoby’s performance. “And I think the length was crucial. Juwan (Morgan), the same thing. Our guys responded to their matchups.”

· Bielfeldt is all smiles in homecoming: Max Bielfeldt was all smiles before the game as he greeted his former teammates on the floor of the Crisler Center.

But not even Bielfeldt could have imagined coming into Ann Arbor and leaving with such a definitive win. The graduate senior finished with five points (2-of-8 shooting) and seven rebounds and was genuinely excited in the aftermath in talking about the effort he and his teammates put forth in the victory.

“Just getting the win was so awesome,” Bielfeldt said. “We played an incredible team game together. Everyone brought something different. It was so much fun to be out there and the energy was great.”

· Indiana owns the glass, limits turnovers after shaky start: Michigan came into Tuesday’s game allowing Big Ten opponents to rebound just 24.5 percent of their missed shots.

The Hoosiers pounded the offensively glass relentlessly, grabbed 38 percent of their misses and scored 13 second chance points.

After turning it over five times through the game’s first eight-plus minutes, Indiana had just seven turnovers over the next 32 minutes for a final turnover percentage of 17. With the exception of the Rutgers game and the two Wisconsin games, Indiana has posted a turnover percentage lower than 20 in its seven other league games. It’s a trend that will need to continue as the schedule becomes even more difficult over the final eight games.

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  • Chappy Dan


  • Hoosier Hall

    Also Minnesota is playing out of absolute desperation for a win. Purdue only beat them by a few the other day.

  • I hope I’m not coming across the wrong way. I’m saying very specifically that Yogi is playing at another level right now. I’m not knocking his past performance, I’m saying that he’s elevated his game yet again. It’s meant as the greatest possible compliment.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Don’t kid yourself. Simmons is an unbelievable talent with physical tools/skills that don’t come along often. LSU is terrible because of very poor coaching. There doesn’t appear to be much chemistry between the players either. Having said that, the “Green Room Guys” thing is beyond stupid.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I still like OG off the bench.

  • HooshWin

    He was in Irvin’s head within 2 minutes of checking in last night. His timing on blocked shots is also uncommonly good. Moment doesn’t ever seem to be too big for him.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Credit Yogi for flipping that switch on instead of shutting down when getting called out. He knows he’s good, and he expects a lot of himself and the team. Glad he is taking that responsibility on.

  • Chappy Dan

    As much as I didn’t like it at the time, I almost think that TB shouting in Yogi’s face in Maui kind of woke Yogi up as to what kind of leader he needs to be. You could see the look of disgust on Yogi’s face as he absorbed Thomas’ screaming. I think he decided then and there he wasn’t gonna let that happen again; give anyone a reason for it to happen again. Now we see photos of Thomas and Yogi primal screaming TOGETHER and FOR EACH OTHER, like after the full court dish and dunk at the end of the Minny game.

  • Chappy Dan

    I was slapping myself in the face in excitement after OG went on a run by himself!

  • Chappy Dan

    He made several savvy plays that he’s too young to make, and several straight freak athletic plays that he doesn’t have enough stars to make. And he just did not give a FLIP about anyone in his way on that last dunk.

  • Alan

    Yeah I like the spark off the bench it’s just OG can get blocks and isn’t going to have a 5 turnover game. I understand the concept but I’m also a fan of “Start your five best players” theory.

  • sarge

    No, you aren’t and I agree with you. I am just trying to convey my thoughts about his play. He is special and can take us to new heights. Appreciate your thoughts MC.

  • Chappy Dan

    In the NBA you mean…

  • sarge

    Bueller… Bueller

  • pcantidote

    Before this year I feel like there were maybe a handful of times each season where an IU player would jump into a passing lane and actually get a steal. It seems like OG gets one of those every game, and usually at big moments. He has a future B1G DPOY written all over him.

  • sarge

    He is going to be great, but right now Hield is better.

  • Chappy Dan

    Why can’t Troy just move his feet like OG then? Old habits die hard? Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Easier said than done?Is it too embarrassing to have to be taught how to play D by a freshman when you’re a junior? Is it too late to learn fundamentals when your eyes are already on the NBA? These are all obviously rhetorical questions. I still wish I knew the answers.

  • sarge

    BOOM! I like where this is headed!

  • CreamandCrimson

    This point is not IU basketball related but I am acquaintances with people within the Butler basketball community and wanted to post this here. If anyone believes in positive thoughts or prayers and there ability to make a difference…please pray for Emerson Kampen (former Butler player and current member of coaching staff) and his wife. Their six-month old son passed away Monday morning from Leigh’s Disease.

    As a father of an almost three-year old (and a second one on the way any day now), I can’t imagine the pain they are going through. Sorry to post something not related to “our team” but anything thoughts or prayers sent there way will be appreciated.

  • pcantidote

    Also, how about giving some credit to the refs last night? I know we all hate Teddy V., and rightfully so, but that crew did not get carried away with homer calls like some crews do. There were several times during the 28-0 run that I thought Michigan was going to get bailed out with bad calls on drives to the basket but the refs actually allowed themselves to call it straight.

  • Chappy Dan

    If you put your head down and drive even once, you’re going to run.

  • Chappy Dan

    Are you talking about Troy or Ole Man?

  • Chappy Dan

    You’d get Andrew Wiggins.

  • pcantidote

    Perspective, and best wishes with the newbie. Got a 3 and 4 year old myself so these things are always painful to see.

  • HooshWin

    Can do, tough news. That program has certainly had more than their fair share of heartbreak this season. I hope the players can enjoy the rest of the season and have some fun going forward.

  • HooshWin

    Anybody else notice something very bizarre looking on Dakich’s right cheek during a zoom-in in the 2nd half?

  • Chappy Dan

    Max’s bad 3 was hilarious. CTC did an angry pirouette and proceeded to chew Max out. You can tell Max just got carried away with the run and wanted to nail a 3 just for fun. I really can’t blame him too much.

  • Chappy Dan

    Not to mention Kentucky lost to a sub-.500 in SEC play Tennessee!

  • Chappy Dan

    For Yogi? YES.

  • ha. well, I guess both. But I meant Troy originally.

  • He still won’t amount to a hill of beans in this season of COLLEGE basketball. what happens after this season is fully 100% irrelevant to that statement.

  • Right you are, Ken!

  • Chappy Dan

    Man. Heartbreaking stretch for the Butler program. Sending positive energy their way.

  • Chappy Dan

    Was it the egg on his face?

  • MikeinNC

    I feel ya bro, I still could not say I am convinced Crean is the guy that takes us to the promised land for the long haul, but I am impressed as hell with what they’ve done to turn it around this year. This is really the most I have seen a Crean team really develop and improve over the course of the season.

  • b_side

    Maybe? But since the game went to OT, it could be argued the tech free throws would have been the difference in regulation since Yogi didn’t hit the walk-off jumper.

  • Tcuomo

    Always good to see UK embarrass themselves on national TV and then follow it up with the Hoosiers dazzling on national TV

  • Yeah, same here. Just wanted to make sure I’m giving Yogi his full credit, because he’s really closing out his career at IU on an extremely high note.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Everyone wants to rag on our soft schedule to start or how we have looked in a couple of close games, but these big wins don’t mean anything if you don’t take care of business of the games you should win. If we would’ve lost to Minnesota on Saturday, this game doesn’t come out as an emphatic win, but rather a head-scratcher of sorts. So keep winning the games you should be winning (PENN STATE) and don’t let up.

  • Absolutely. Really can’t say enough good things about the way Yogi played last night and throughout the B1G so far. He’s playing at another level.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Will do and very sorry to hear about their child’s passing. I have 15 year old twins and a 14 year old. Life is very short and again sorry to hear about this.

  • b_side

    I’m not sure that Iowa is such a great example. First off, there was a 7 year drought of appearances, including three in McCaffrey’s first 3 seasons. I don’t recall any kind of NCAA hammer brought down on the Iowa program. They were just bad.

    In 2014, I wouldn’t even call it an appearance for Iowa actually because they lost in the First Four. Last year was his first legit appearance as a #7 seed, losing in the second round. All that misery to bear the fruits of what might happen this season? That’s rough to digest.

    Check out Crean’s resume over the last 5 seasons: two Sweet 16s, rebuild year, loss in the first round and whatever this season gives us. That’s a heckuva lot more productive than Fran McCaffery.

  • good point. we all like to jump all over them when they suck, so it’s more than fair (smart, actually) to give credit for good officiating.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Agreed, versus the garbage against Wisconsin last week.

  • Rie

    Hey WUK! I have been around; just took a break from posting for a while and focused my commenting elsewhere.

    It is hard to criticize without catching flack, even if you are doing so in a well-reasoned manner. Troy is a hard player to write about, due to the blend of his potential, physical talent and decision making. He has the talent, but his execution is quite inconsistent. Hopefully, the emergence of OG’s recent success will incentivize Troy to work that much harder and play that much smarter, as he may be fighting to retain some of the playing time that Crean may give to OG.

  • He may not play like a freshman, but I’m sure he still has freshman legs. Maybe he’s best when he’s fresh? That’s one reason why I like seeing him come off the bench.

  • b_side

    Still like seeing if we’re going to get Good Troy right off the bat in the starting lineup. If not, that’s the luxury of having OG.

    We talk about barely beating Minnesota. Part of the reason is OG had two awful turnovers on post entry passes that led to transition buckets. He was a beacon of light in Ann Arbor, but isn’t without his faults either.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You have to keep starting TW. Must see what happens immediately for him each game. If he is hot in the first couple minutes of the game you have to keep TW in the lineup. CTC is pulling him quickly at the beginning of recent games when he turns the ball over the first couple of times he handles it.

  • Yeah, same here. I actually saw something else in him, too. He seems to have had a very strange “presence” on camera, last night anyway. He’s a VERY big man still in a boy’s body, and I sensed that it is only beginning to come out. Despite the quiet demeanor, I got the sense that he’s going to be a real beast, very powerful and forceful, as he grows up over the next year or so. As in, completely dominant and a winner. The defense alone, as a freshman (!!!) I think already strongly suggests that. Plus, he has great floor sense and a great nose for the ball. You can’t teach that. And his aggressiveness in attacking the basket. NOBODY is going to be blocking his drives and dunks. I think one time last night, the Michigan big guy actually got out of the way on a break and let him have it. Incredibly strong for that age.

    I don’t know how to describe it exactly, but he is going to be ‘effing HUGE on the basketball court in coming years, a real force. His silence will make him even scarier. Just watch. (and to toot my own horn, I called it after seeing him in Hoosier Hysteria, that the kid will be a starter by the end of this season). Not sure what I see in him, but he’s going to be absolutely phenomenal for IU for the next couple years. Just watch.

  • The program put together a jaw-droppingly dominant performance last night, on the road, at Michigan, and that’s how you “compliment” them? I’ve been ambivalent about the coaching for several years now and critique it when its due, and have rarely been openly complimentary of the coaching overall, but I’d say the coaching last night was some of the best I’ve seen out of Crean. I thought it was excellent. Maybe you misspelled your username, and meant it to say “dooshwin”?