Key MomentTim Hardaway, Jr. scored ten consecutive points in a two minute outburst midway through the second half that really proved too much for the Hoosiers. After cutting the lead to 13 points and causing some Wolverine foul trouble, Indiana was trying to make a move with more than enough time left to comeback. But that's when Hardaway, Jr. went to work against the vastly outmatched Daniel Moore by shooting right over him to start his roll that ultimately ended in a career-high 26 points on 9-11 shooting. His four quick scores at this moment, though, extended the Wolverine lead to 64-44 with seven minutes left and gave Michigan enough cushion to hang on.
When It Was OverRemarkably, it wasn't truly over until Jordan Hulls missed a contested three from the wing with eight seconds left and the Hoosiers down by four. After that miss the Wolverines finally hit a pair of free throws to seal the win.
MVPChristian Watford was strong in his return finishing with a team-high 14 points on 6-10 shooting, but we'll give the slight edge to Victor Oladipo. The energetic freshman's savage attacks on the rim was just about the only consistent offense IU had in the opening half. He would finish 5-7 from the field for 12 points and six rebounds.
Why They LostThe Hoosiers came out of the gates flat, eerily similar to their road trips to Evanston and Iowa City this season. Both of those efforts resulted in lopsided second halves and this one was no different until the Wolverines packed it in far too early. It almost bit Michigan in the end, but the Hoosiers had dug themselves too deep of a hole in the opening half. While Indiana showed a little more fight in the second, especially late, they didn't make enough ground up in the first 16 minutes of the final half. By the time they put together a 15-1 run to cut the lead to 67-59 with two minutes left, it was too late. Thanks to Michigan hitting only seven of their last 18 free throws, IU pulled even closer in the final two minutes almost reaching the peak. The Hoosiers should have done their work earlier instead of waiting for the Wolverines to lay down.
Lots of Big Ten teams have road games where they come out flat, but the Hoosiers simply aren't a team that can survive it. The last few weeks have seen IU be very competitive because of their effort and execution, but they were sorely lacking Saturday. Tom Crean rotated 12 players in the opening half looking for a spark, but never found it. It proved to be foreboding as IU could never really sustain anything until it was far too late.