ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Quick thoughts on a 69-55 loss at Michigan:
How it happened: Big Ten season arrived a month early this season and Indiana wasn’t ready on Saturday afternoon at the Crisler Center. The Hoosiers fell behind 12-2 in the game’s early minutes and never got closer than five the rest of the way in dropping their conference opener. The rough start came courtesy of poor decision making (three turnovers in the first four minutes), questionable shot selection and Indiana helping off of shooters. Michigan’s first 12 points all came via the 3-point shot and the Wolverines controlled the game for all 40 minutes. The loss was Indiana’s second straight and puts Monday’s home game against Iowa in the must win category with a road trip to Louisville and Notre Dame on a neutral court coming next.
Standout performer: Juwan Morgan was Indiana’s lone bright spot as the junior had a career-high for a Big Ten game with 24 points. Morgan was 9-of-14 from the field in 32 minutes and also collected eight rebounds.
Statistics that stands out: Indiana reverted to early season form in committing nine first half turnovers and 11 for the game. The Hoosiers also only attempted one 3-point shot in the first half and made just two 3s in the game.
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(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson, UMHoops.com)
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