Tracking the true freshmen: Michigan

Troy Williams led IU's freshmen attack with 16 points off of an 8-for-9 shooting performance from the field. Collectively, four of IU's freshmen scored 45 of IU's 80 points, providing possibly their biggest impact of the season yet.

The Indiana freshmen class continues to make an impact each game for the Hoosiers this season. With ever game, AllHoosiers.com will chart the production for the IU freshmen.

Here's a look at how IU's freshmen class performed Saturday evening in IU's 84-80 loss against Michigan at the Crisler Arena.

Noah Vonleh: Tom Crean said he decided Friday that because Vonleh was still slightly uncertain to play against Michigan, he would opt with Devin Davis to start in the five-spot, leaving Vonleh to come off the bench if his foot felt good enough to go. Vonleh was able to get through the team walk-through Saturday morning, which he also did against Nebraska before deciding he wasn't ready, and he was out with his team fully dressed during warm-ups, ready to go. Vonleh came in off the bench, playing 21 minutes and was 2-for-5 from the field, although one of those was a 3-pointer with just six seconds left to give IU just an ounce of life. In the first half, IU managed to move the ball well, but Crean said in the second half, his team struggled to get Vonleh the ball in the high-post, causing the offense to stagnate, much like it did against Nebraska earlier this week.

Troy Williams: Williams had his second double-digit performance in a row, notching 16 points on an impressive 8-for-9 shooting performance from the field, including a slew of highlight reel-worthy dunks. Williams moved without the ball possibly the better than he has all season, creating those situations where he was wide open underneath the basket for one of his guards to feed him the ball. After the game, he said that he feels like his knowledge of the game has grown tremendously since the start of the season, allowing him to commit fewer silly turnovers while getting more chances around the basket to score.

Stanford Robinson: Robinson made his way back into the starting lineup Saturday, scoring 13 points in 29 minutes of action. He struggled from the field, shooting just 2-for-7, but he capitalized on his chances from the free throw line. He came into Saturday's game shooting less than 50 percent from the charity stripe, but he sunk all nine of his attempts to bring his average up more than six percentage points during the span of a single game. His biggest mistake, though, came late and hurt IU dearly. After his jumper capped off a 13-2 IU run to tie the game at 75-75, Michigan's Glenn Robinson III nailed a corner 3-pointer to take back the lead. On IU's next trip down the court, he spotted up from beyond the arc where he was a meager 3-of-13 for the season before Saturday. His shot missed, giving Michigan the chance to seal the game on free throws the rest of the way.

Devin Davis: With Crean uncertain about Vonleh's status for Saturday's game, he decided Friday that he would start Davis in place of his freshman teammate, giving Davis his first career start. In 25 minutes of action – more minutes than he's played all season – he scored nine points on a perfect line of 4-for-4 from the field. He trailed just Vonleh in rebounds with six, and in all those minutes, while the rest of his team struggled mightily in the second half to control the ball, Davis didn't commit a single turnover while he was on the floor. He wasn't quite ready to go toe-to-toe against Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford, but he made a valiant effort, showing how his game has matured throughout the season.

Collin Hartman: Hartman did not make if off the bench Saturday against Michigan.


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