Hoosier Rewind: Indiana 69, Michigan 73

After falling behind by 22 points in an unexpected landslide at Ann Arbor, the Hoosiers rallied back late against the Wolverines. They closed to within four, but ultimately couldn't dig out of their deep hole. Inside we take a look at the key storylines and events from Saturday's game.

Key Moment

Tim 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 Over

Remarkably, 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.


Christian 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 Lost

The 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.

Biggest Surprise

How about the starting line-up featuring five guards? Indiana decided to go with a starting five of Jeremiah Rivers, Verdell Jones, Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, and Victor Oladipo. Michigan countered with a four guard line-up, but one big difference in 6-foot-8 freshman forward Jordan Morgan. Morgan would finish with just six points, however, he scored all of them in the opening minutes that saw Michigan grab a quick 13-6 lead. After IU's big men entered the game they were able to hold him scoreless the rest of the way.

Most Promising Development

Probably the fact that Indiana got to the foul stripe 17 times in the second half, after only managing five attempts in the opening half. It's not easy getting to the line on the Big Ten road, especially for Indiana. Their aggressiveness in the last ten minutes changed the complexion of the game and you have to wonder what would have happened if they had started being aggressive earlier.

Most Concerning Development

Clearly it was the fact that Indiana never really stood up in this game until Michigan decided to lay down. After building a 22-point lead with five and a half minutes left, Michigan let their guard down…all the way down. Give Indiana credit for seizing the opportunity, but penalize them even more for failing to fight harder against a mediocre team for the game's first 35 minutes.


Just like the Wolverines took vengeance for a lackluster showing in their first meeting with Indiana, the Hoosiers now turn their attention to revenge against Northwestern. Indiana laid arguably their biggest egg of the season earlier this year in Evanston and now the Wildcats come back looking for more. Indiana needs to show Saturday's game was an aberration. The home crowd will do wonders for this young team, but until Jones and Watford look more comfortably integrated in the offense with Jordan Hulls expect struggles.

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