Notebook: Big rally followed by a big shot

Indiana made a huge rally to get back in the game but then Glenn Robinson III had the final word Saturday at Crisler Center. This notebook also has an item about Yogi Ferrell's place in IU 3-point shooting school history and how the Hoosiers always shoot well against Michigan.

With just under 5 minutes to play Saturday, it looked as if Michigan had finally taken control of the game and would coast to its 15th victory in Big Ten play.

The Wolverines led 73-62 with 4:55 to play.

But IU got hot.

Troy Williams, who just a few minutes before had been down on the floor for along time after an awkward collision, returned to the game with an authoritative slam dunk.

Yogi Ferrell followed that with a 3-pointer on the next offensive possession. The next one Stanford Robinson drove to the basket and was fouled at the under 4 media timeout. He hit both free throws and it was 73-69 with 3:36 to play.

After another empty Michigan possession, Noah Vonleh missed a 3-point but Devin Davis followed it in and it was 73-71.

After Michigan made two free throws, IU capped the rally with Williams on a follow jam off a missed Ferrell 3-pointer and a driving layup by Stan Robinson with 1:28 to play.

Suddenly, it was 75-all.

But then the other Robinson hit the game's biggest shot. Glenn Robinson III got wide open in the right corner and hit a 3 with 1:10 to play that would put the Wolverines back on top 78-75.

"Obviously that three was a big one, but to overcome the mistakes during the game and overcome the turnovers, that was big,'' said IU coach Tom Crean. "That shot was big at that point in the game. And give Glenn Robinson III credit. He had 13 points in the second half and Nik Stauskas had 14. That is why they are two great players.

"As good of a job as we wanted to do, they still found a way. They found different ways. ‘'

Yogi moves into select company

Had you just based his 3-point shooting prowess on his freshman season last year, Indiana fans may not have looked at Yogi Ferrell as being one of IU's potential all-time great 3-point shooters.

Last year, Ferrell hit 23-of-76 3-pointers, 30.3 percent. And four players off of last year's team had more made 3-point field goals than Ferrell so his contributions weren't nearly as important.

That has changed this season and with it, Ferrell has joined some elite company.

Ferrell hit 4-of-8 3-pointers on Saturday against Michigan which gives him 86 made three's for the season. The significance? That's the second most ever in a single season by an Indiana player behind only Steve Alford. Alford made 107 in the 1986-87 national championship season.

The total is also the most ever by a sophomore at IU. The previous high had been 81 by Jay Edwards in the 1987-88 season.

So in other words, some pretty select company.

In addition, Ferrell finished with 50 3-ooint field goals in Big Ten play, which is the third highest conference total by an IU player in history. The record was 54 by Alford and next was 51 by Edwards.

Michigan brings out the best in IU shooters

Indiana hit 59.2 percent from the field Saturday against Michigan, marking its best shooting day of the Big Ten season and its second best shooting effort of the season. The best was a 62.7 percent effort against Kennesaw State in the non-conference finale at Assembly Hall.

But there's clearly something about playing Michigan that brings out the best in Indiana's shooters.

IU's second highest shooting percentage in Big Ten play this season was also against the Wolverines. Indiana hit 53.5 percent of its shot the first time these teams met on Feb. 2.

And there is also a Michigan theme from the last time Indiana shot as well as it did Saturday in a Big Ten game. This was IU's best Big Ten shooting day since the Hoosiers shot 67.4 percent from the field at Assembly Hall against Michigan in January of 2011.

How hot was Indiana on Saturday? The Hoosiers made their first nine shots from the field and took an early 22-12 lead.

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