Can Indiana slow the Wolverines down again?

Indiana held Michigan well below its season average at Assembly Hall in February and shut down Nick Stauskas. Can they do it again Saturday night?

When Indiana and Michigan met at Assembly Hall on Feb. 2, the Hoosiers used a defensive game plan Michigan coach John Beilein had never seen during his tenure in Ann Arbor.

Tom Crean put Yogi Ferrell on Michigan star Nik Stauskas, making even his catches difficult. He put Will Sheehey on Michigan's big man -- either Jordan Morgan or Jon Horford -- to allow IU to switch every screen.

The result wasn't pretty for the Wolverines, who were held to a season-low 52 points in an 11-point loss, their first defeat in Big Ten play. Michigan's total was more than 23 points lower than its season average, and began a stretch in which Michigan lost two of three and three of five games. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) have since won four games in a row.

So the question heading into Saturday's rematch and season finale in Ann Arbor is: Can the Hoosiers do it again? Will Crean use the same strategy defensively, or will he try to throw Beilein for a loop again?

Well, it certainly won't be easy. The Wolverines are the third most offensively team in the country, scoring 122.3 points per 100 possessions. Only Creighton (125.0) and Duke (123.0) have been better.

Stauskas has gone on a tear again as well since the loss to the Hoosiers. He owns an effective field goal percentage of 60.8, the 42nd-best individual mark in the country.

Stauskas has scored 21 or more points in three of his last four games, recording 24 on 8-of-11 shooting and 7-of-9 from beyond the arc at Illinois and 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range against Minnesota.

My guess is Crean will leave Ferrell on Stauskas, but I'm not sure it'll matter. Michigan has lost to Indiana three times in a row and will be hungry for a win over the Hoosiers, especially at home for Senior Night.

If Indiana is to win the game, it will need to have Noah Vonleh back after sitting two games with inflammation in his foot, and will have to get out in transition off of Michigan's misses.

We will have more preview coverage later today and tomorrow. Terry, Nathan and Nolan will be in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Top Stories