Hoosiers snap skid

With what was almost unquestionably it’s most complete performance to date, Indiana ended its six-game losing streak with an 80-61 win over Michigan in front of 17,168 at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers held the Wolverines to jut 15 points in the first half on 5-for-21 shooting and kept them to 36.4 percent for the game. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers shot a season-high 67.4 percent from the field and 70.8 percent in the second half. Junior guard Verdell Jones turned around his fortunes after a series of subpar peformances with 24 points and four assists on 9-for-10 shooting. Sophomore forward Christian Watford came back from a rough outing against Northwestern by posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls had 13 points, knocking down all four of his field goals, including three consecutive second-half 3-pointers that Michigan coach John Beilein referred to as “daggers.”

Michigan guard Darius Morris finished with 22 points and seven assists, but needed 16 field goal attempts to get there. Michigan junior swingman Zack Movak, freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshman forward Jordan Morgan each scored 10 points.

AUDIO: Michigan coach John Beilien discusses the loss

AUDIO: Tom Crean says it started with transition defense

AUDIO: Jordan Hulls discusses his “daggers”

AUDIO: Verdell Jones discusses his rejuvination

AUDIO: Christian Watford talks about getting the message

5 comments

  1. Hulls is the one guy who knows how to get it to someone who can score and does so. Nice that he can step up and prevent the choke as well.

  2. This win was a combination of: (1) IU getting so mad at themselves for poor past performances that they finally played well, rebounding like gangbusters and shooting the eyes out of the bucket after so many losses; and (2) Michigan being tired after close, grinding losses to Kansas and Ohio State and coming into Assembly Hall probably a little overconfident as they appraised IU, and with no real big men to battle IU on the boards and having a cold shooting night.

    I don’t know how much of Michigan’s poor shooting percentage was them having a bad night or IU actually playing good defense; probably a combination of the two. Plus UM has no big men; John Beilien has built a typical, for him, team of six-four guards who shoot threes and occasionally go inside. Anyway, IU should cherish the win; there won’t be all that many more in Big Ten play this year, it looks like.

  3. What an enjoyable game to watch! I wonder if it was more IU getting aggrevated about how miserable and selfishly they played prior, or how tired and miserable Michigan’s effort was?

    No matter, moving forward the team now knows it CAN put together an effort like that, and by the end of the season if they want to be respected they need to bring that effort with them every single time out on the court. Congrats to Coach Crean and his staff for getting the players to buy into their concepts, things were espescially improved on the defensive end and also moving the ball well through penetration on the offensive end.

    We as IU fans should probably value wins in the Big10 a little more moving forward given the losing streak we were in, and how bad some of us looked in our “Jeckle and Hyde” nature!

  4. indiana played well on saturdays game. this is first game in a long time they actually played a team game. the last few games it seemed like one player thought he had to be the whole team and left the others out. the coach seems to let players play the whole game even when they havent been playing well and take the ones that are playing well out. this doesnt make sense to me. i feel the coach lost the last few games himself.

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