Vonleh’s status still uncertain for Michigan

Indiana coach Tom Crean said at media availability on Tuesday that he expected IU freshman forward Noah Vonleh to play in Wednesday’s game against Nebraska.

That didn’t happen, so Crean wasn’t going to go that far Friday to say what he thought would happen to Vonleh in Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Michigan in Crisler Arena.

“We’ll see,” Crean said. “He was in practice some today. We’ll see. I fully thought that he’d be able to go the other day and he just wasn’t. I know he wants to play. We’ll just have to wait and see until tomorrow. I’m not going to go out on a limb like the other day. I thought pretty much that he would. We’ll have to wait and see until tomorrow.”

The Hoosiers beat the Wolverines in the teams’ first meeting this year in Bloomington on Feb. 2 by showing them a defensive look they hadn’t previously seen. They used senior swingman Will Sheehey to guard Michigan center Jordan Morgan and switched ball screens to make it tougher for Michigan to get anything off the dribble drive. They used sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell to face guard star shooting guard Nik Stauskas and effectively neutralized power forward Glenn Robinson III by defending him with Vonleh.

The Wolverines will be ready for that look the second time around, and Crean said he expects them to adjust.

“I think they’ll keep Stauskas in great movement,” Crean said. “They’re so good with their spacing. We have some ideas of what they might try to do, but nobody we’ve seen has tried to guard them that way, so it’s not like we’ve seen the adjustments they’ve made. I would imagine that they’ll just keep Stauskas in movement a lot. I think they’ll try to post us some. There’s a lot of different things they can do. We just have to adjust.”

5 comments

  1. the REAL question should be “does Noah ever play another game for IU…..or does he protect his “million-dollar” foot

  2. If he’s smart, he’ll be another “Hurryin’ Hoosier” more concerned with hurryin’ off to the NBA for some fast cash. Why in the hell bother in finding any honor in slow molasses of putting Indiana back into the company of teams that have won banners in the last three decades? Join the rest that hurried out of Bloomington like gypsies to the next river city casino.

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