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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  • thanks, I appreciate your help. Glad we’re getting this started.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Gee Sarge – isn’t he the next Lebron/Magic? ESPN says so. Of course 2 years ago Wiggins was the next transformative player, last year Russell was a passing “savant” —- and now “experts” are questioning whether or not either of them will anything more than starters for a while.

  • Yes, we are in complete agreement.. WE never saw Hanner or Emmit or any of those guys have the impactful contributions that OG and JM have had…I really do not see why guys still insist on bringing them up.

  • Nt sure why you would post something making it sound ok , to participate in underage drinking and smoking dope. It is against the law, so it is in fact a moral issue. Breaking the gthelaa moral issue.

  • Bill Graham

    What a game! I was looking over the box score and one would think that we shot way better than them but really we didn’t. We won this game b/c we were +14 in rbds, + 7 in assts, + 4 in stls, and +3 in blocks. Its funny how we all typically think, “Oh well if we shoot well then we will win,” when in reality its the small things that win games. And that is precisely why O.G. is so valuable.

  • I don’t care if OG doesn’t score any points or does anything to help our offense. Just his defense should earn him as many minutes as his cardio can handle. He’s our best on-ball defender, and should always be guarding the opponent’s best scorer at the 1-4 positions.

  • law and morality are not synonymous. unless of course you’re a theocrat. sharia for everyone? sounds lovely.

  • Bill Graham

    Well I for one thought the refs were outstanding at Wisconsin. Completely fair officiating. Had no effect on the outcome whatsoever.

  • well the case could certainly be made for Holt. And Hanner had his moments. Let’s not erase our memories for present expediencies and ideological flim flam.

  • Why would you post something in support of underage drinking and smoking dope? Both of which are against the law to participate in.. there fore doing so, is in fact a moral issue. Breaking the law is a matter of morality.

  • I think we were shooting something like 63% during The Run (from now on written in title caps). Outside of that, shooting was a bit less sharp. But yes, this is no longer a team that has to shoot lights-out to beat people.

  • We need a defensive answer for Utoff. OG is our best defender and should play every minute Utoff is on the floor. We can’t afford to have him on the bench while Utoff goes off on us. I don’t care whom he starts in place of. He just needs to be in the game to shut down Utoff.

  • Yes, and I was screaming at Crean for taking Troy out during the middle of our run, afraid it would ruin our mojo. Troy was integral to that run.

  • BL

    I agree, OG is probably not the right example but for a different reason. He’s a legit stud that fell through the cracks. Those don’t happen very often. Actually, in my view, if he had started day one, he would have done just as well as TB (i.e. he has legit starting freshman talent).

    Bottom line, I would love to see us regularly have top 15 rosters that can truly compete for BIG and NCAA titles. That will require consistent landing of top 25 recruits and several other players in the 50 to 150 range. I think we are on the road to doing that now. Also, I don’t want projects. Meaning, our 3-4 year players should be able to contribute as freshman (e.g. JM).

  • BL

    I’ll be shocked if OG stays four years.

  • Some laws are immoral and unjust and following them can violate moral principles. Or do you think people should have simply deferred to good ‘ol Jim Crow? How about laws that say that adulterers should be stoned to death? How about laws dictating that everyone had to turn in all “illegals” and “eternal enemies” of the state in 1938 Germany?

    Authoritarian much?

  • BL

    Not sure I understand your point regarding Butler, GW, WS, UD. Are you suggesting they won without horses? If you are, you’re dead wrong. For example, Butler had Hayward (lottery pick), Mack (plays for the Hawks) Howard (plays professionally in Europe), Smith (was to play professionally in Europe before contracting cancer). In fact, Butler is the perfect example. How has “the Butler way” treated them lately. Hard to win big without major talent.

    Also, TC’s teams have in fact been noted for defense prior to last year. He teaches it. Players have to play it.

  • BMusic

    First of all, I didn’t post anything in support of anything. Secondly: no, legality does not equal morality. Morality is a higher distinction, and laws come and go, based on political and economic interests, and a whole lot of other things having nothing to do with right and wrong. Or do you think slave ownership is moral? Is it immoral for women to vote? Immoral for blacks and whites to marry? Immoral for a man of legal age to drink alcohol? The morality/immorality of these behaviors didn’t change when the laws did. Q.E.D.

  • BL

    Agree other than a 1 might be pushing it. I honestly don’t recall IU ever having such a good on-ball defender as a freshman, especially on the front line. Actually, in all the years I’ve been watching college ball, I honestly can’t recall a truly unheralded kid playing so darn well as a freshman. I literally can’t wait for the next game to see what he does next.

  • BL

    The run occurred after CH went to the bench and was replaced by OG. Prior to that CH was very ineffective and overmatched. He came back late in the 1st half and hit a three but we had already gone from 12 down to up 13.

  • BL

    I’m actually very relaxed about TW; no need to continue critiquing his game like an underclassman. I’ve taken the position that he is what he is; I don’t expect him to make sea change improvement between now and the season’s end. He’s very talented and can help the team immensely but he can also be reckless at times. I hope he plays well. If he doesn’t, I expect TC will show him the bench as he has done recently. The good news; we’ve shown we can play well without him when he’s in bad Troy mode.

  • Outoftheloop

    The “Goose” didn’t make his grades did he?

  • Outoftheloop

    Since when is winning on the road, atI MI, against a 7-2 team tied for 2nd in the B1G “winning the games you should”?

  • BL

    Other than his defense, I think the most impressive play was the drive down the lane where he took contact and still laid it in with his left hand. Should have been an AND 1.

  • BL

    Personally, I would have CH come off the bench. We can be ridiculous with OG and TW at the wings. If bad TW shows up, CH replaces him.

  • BL


  • BL

    Nice post. Prayers.

  • Missing Moye

    I’m with the others in thinking that your comments are a bit childish and ill-timed, but I don’t disagree with the content otherwise. I believe this team is better with JBJ not on the floor, and I don’t believe there was any way that CTC would have played him sparingly if he was healthy enough to go. He was going to continue to get at least 20-25 min per game, which would have meant much less OG, JM, and CH I think.

  • Missing Moye

    Yep, the last 6-7 minutes which really sparked the defense. But just for reference, JBJ played 29 minutes that game, OG had 7.

  • Yes, but I think that gets edged out by that loose ball-turnaround-baseline layup thing later in the game. I’m not sure why, but it was surprising that he was able to pull it off. Most would not have gotten the ball, been able to stay in bounds, or put the ball in the hoop so quickly before the defense reacted. I don’t even really know why I thought that was impressive, but I did. That drive you mentioned was pretty great though, too. Announcers were impressed, if I remember. Kid can fly, and is so strong.

  • Missing Moye

    I don’t understand your last point about the ND game proving people wrong. I am on the complete opposite side of the fence on this discussion, but I’m curious what you meant by that.

  • Missing Moye

    He does, but Crean is always going to promote his players and say things like that. I remember during Hulls senior year that he said multiple times during pressers that Hulls should get a shot in the NBA and compared him to Travis Diener. As much as I liked Jordy, I thought that Crean’s assessment was a bit generous given the lack of physical tools Hulls had.

  • BL

    Call it a toss up. Both were awesome plays. Can’t wait ’til we see his entire offensive arsenal unleashed. I mean damn, think of those two plays plus he hit a three.

  • Agreed, 100%.

  • That was my OG play of the game as well. It was sneaky-smart–he saved the ball from going out of bounds, surveyed the court in an instant, and moved to lay it in. Incredible presence of mind for any player, let alone a kid who’s only started getting real minutes in games.

  • I don’t know, I feel like CTC has turned a corner this season. So many of the things he was doing previously–funky defenses, weird robotic substitutions patterns, inability to make in-game adjustments–have improved as much as the team has. I can’t think of anything he’s doing right now that bugs me like it used to, and all the strengths–such as player development–are just getting stronger. Something changed, not sure what it is, but he’s a much better coach than he’s been. Promised land? Can’t say that yet either, but right now, I’m glad he’s coaching. I couldn’t have said that about (what, 15?) games ago.

  • Yeah, it was fun. I think the basket looked like Lake Michigan right about then to the IU players.

  • I admit that I didn’t see that at Maui, I was too disappointed in the team’s play. I wish I did, though, I’m sure it was something to see. And if there’s one thing I love about this team, it’s how close they are. I can’t remember a team that’s been closer.

  • Dbur72

    Well, I am extremely happy at the moment, but why does a couple of good games turn Crean into a genius all of sudden??? No on can say that this will continue, look at the last 7 or 8 years and you will see a basic meltdown in Feb. and March. I hope this doesn’t happen, but can’t say it won’t. I’ve been fooled too many times before. Will take one game at a time

  • Nice image, I need to watch that movie again soon. 🙂

  • Koko

    He played on the ’61 state champ team and ’62. I vaguely recall something about grades but can’t give any details. I know he played the two years I mentioned.


    A coach can’t just scream and holler about anything and everything or it matters not when you do a legitimate complaint about something. You pick your battles and proceed in a thought out manner. If you are a coach that has a reputation of whining and hollering about every little thing every single time then the refs are going to learn to just tune you out as someone that complains all the time. On the flip side when a iffy call doesn’t go your way, a lot of the time, without the coach asking for it, the ref is going to give you his explanation of why the call went the way that it did and that’s when you will want to tell them that you know they got the call right once in a great while, and do it early on in the game and while the home crowd is really coming down on them. That kind of thing goes a long way in helping you if and when you decide to lay into them. IMHO, and many many other coaches, it can be a strategic and advantageous move if done in the right way, for the right reasons and at the right time, e.g. it happens when the other team already has the ball, thus you don’t lose a possession or you don’t do it late in a tight game, in other words it is done at an earlier time in the game. IMHO TC should have went after the refs exceptionally hard, maybe even to the point that he got T’d up, over the way the UW players continually chicken winged us on drives the basket. Establish it early with them that you and everyone else, except them, seems to be able to see it and that they really need to watch for it and call it. Then you possibly negate one small advantage that, up till that time, the other team has enjoyed. If the other team is gaining a very noticeable advantage, scoring at a much higher percentage, getting and 1’s it well the worth the trade off of what you might give up points wise. As a coach you are always looking for any kind of an advantage to help your team win, if it gains you just one point in the long run, it can make the difference between a win and a loss. One more point in the long run gives us the W against UW. Plus your players will gain a little something by knowing that you have their back when it comes to something like that. If you watch the highly successful coaches that really work the refs at times until they get T’d up it is rarely ever when it will cost them a possession. I’ve never coached at the collegiate level, but I believe there are a few constants in the game of bball and gaining something from working the ref(s) is one of them, again if done right.

    I guess that’s a long winded way of saying that I disagree with you on this aspect and here’s why. lol

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Really? It was a 2:1 ratio.


    Not that it means anything or that you should be in awe of my literary perception abilities, but I got what you were saying from the start. lol and agree.


    Was going to chime in with my opinion that mirrors yours, but you’re doing a much better job of leading the charge than I probably would have.


    Don’t worry about feeling like you should put a bow on a peace offering or putting your opinion out there or how you feel about something. There are some on here that seem to think that if a person doesn’t see it the same way that they do then they for sure have to be wrong.

    And for the record there are certainly some NFL players that have smokin’ hot wives. lol


    Well put, agree. Don’t know that it makes me a naysayser, but I’m of a mind that he needs to work the refs harder at certain times, but I’m also of a mind that he has many good qualities as well.


    That in and by itself would drastically cut his TO’s down !


    LOL ! Good one.


    That’s f’in great and funny. Upvote AND a 1,000 points ! lol Damn near made my swig of medication exit through my nose.