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5 Things: Indiana 80, Michigan 67

After a slow start, No. 22 Indiana pounded Michigan on the road on Tuesday night. A few doubters may have become believers after this thrashing.

Indiana entered Ann Arbor as a 2-point underdog against Michigan on Tuesday night, and got off to a rather undersirable start. But the Hoosiers quickly turned the tables and ran the Wolverines out of their own gym in a game that was over by halftime. Indiana ultimately earned an 80-67 win, though it wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.

Here are five things you should know following Indiana's 9th conference win of the year. 

1. INDIANA CLOSED THE FIRST HALF ON A 25-0 RUN: After trailing Michigan 10-2 and 15-4 early, the Hoosiers (19-4, 9-1 Big Ten) quickly tightened things up on both ends. After a Tom Crean timeout following a wide open Michigan 3, the Hoosiers quickly got themselves back into the game. 

The most alarming number: 25. As in, the final 25 points of the first half, all scored by Indiana. Michigan missed its final 12 shots of the first half and went scoreless for the final 9 minutes. The Hoosiers led 45-24 at the half, and the second half was essentially a pickup game in a quiet Crisler Center.

"I had no idea until halftime that we were on the run we were on, I just knew we were getting stops and the ball was really moving," Crean said. "I loved our spirit, I loved our preparation. They take every day for what it is, which is the most important day. To get young people to do that like that, it's hard, but they do it, so it's really quite easy. We're getting excellent leadership, and it carries over to how they prepare.

"At halftime, the whole theme was, 'We're just getting started.' That's what their mentality had to be."

Here's a look at the complete play-by-play of the stretch. By the way, this is Indiana's first 9-1 start in Big Ten play since the 2007-08 season. 

IU LAYUP BY #31 BRYANT
08:40 22-24 H 2
08:22 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #24 DAWKINS
IU DEF REBOUND BY #13 MORGAN
08:20 -
IU TURNOVER BY #04 JOHNSON
08:11 -
08:11 -
MICH SUB IN #12 ABDUR-RAHKMAN
08:11 -
MICH SUB OUT #24 DAWKINS
07:55 -
MICH TURNOVER BY #34 DONNAL
IU STEAL BY #04 JOHNSON
07:55 -
IU JUMPER BY #30 HARTMAN
07:44 24-24 T
IU FOUL ON #30 HARTMAN
07:19 -
07:19 -
MEDIA TIMEOUT
IU SUB IN #05 WILLIAMS
07:19 -
IU SUB IN #03 ANUNOBY
07:19 -
IU SUB OUT #02 ZEISLOFT
07:19 -
IU SUB OUT #30 HARTMAN
07:19 -
IU SUB IN #11 FERRELL
07:19 -
IU SUB OUT #13 MORGAN
07:19 -
07:14 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #21 IRVIN
IU BLOCK BY #03 ANUNOBY
07:14 -
07:14 -
MICH OFF REBOUND BY #TM TEAM
06:56 -
MICH MISSED 3PTR BY #22 ROBINSON
IU DEF REBOUND BY #31 BRYANT
06:54 -
IU TURNOVER BY #05 WILLIAMS
06:31 -
06:12 -
MICH MISSED 3PTR BY #21 IRVIN
IU DEF REBOUND BY #04 JOHNSON
06:10 -
IU LAYUP BY #04 JOHNSON
05:51 26-24 V 2
05:25 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #21 IRVIN
IU DEF REBOUND BY #05 WILLIAMS
05:22 -
IU SUB IN #00 BIELFELDT
04:58 -
IU SUB OUT #31 BRYANT
04:58 -
04:58 -
MICH FOUL ON #34 DONNAL
IU FT BY #05 WILLIAMS
04:58 27-24 V 3
IU MISSED FT BY #05 WILLIAMS
04:58 -
04:55 -
MICH DEF REBOUND BY #12 ABDUR-RAHKMAN
04:46 -
MICH FOUL ON #22 ROBINSON
04:46 -
MICH TURNOVER BY #22 ROBINSON
04:46 -
MICH SUB IN #24 DAWKINS
04:46 -
MICH SUB OUT #22 ROBINSON
IU MISSED 3PTR BY #05 WILLIAMS
04:32 -
04:29 -
MICH DEF REBOUND BY #10 WALTON JR.
04:22 -
MICH MISSED 3PTR BY #24 DAWKINS
IU DEF REBOUND BY #05 WILLIAMS
04:20 -
IU 3PTR BY #11 FERRELL
04:16 30-24 V 6
IU ASSIST BY #03 ANUNOBY
04:16 -
03:41 -
MICH TURNOVER BY #10 WALTON JR.
IU MISSED 3PTR BY #00 BIELFELDT
03:37 -
IU OFF REBOUND BY #05 WILLIAMS
03:34 -
IU JUMPER BY #05 WILLIAMS
03:34 32-24 V 8
03:34 -
MICH TIMEOUT - FULL
IU SUB IN #02 ZEISLOFT
03:34 -
IU SUB OUT #04 JOHNSON
03:34 -
03:05 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #10 WALTON JR.
IU DEF REBOUND BY #03 ANUNOBY
03:02 -
IU LAYUP BY #05 WILLIAMS
02:58 34-24 V 10
IU ASSIST BY #11 FERRELL
02:58 -
02:29 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #12 ABDUR-RAHKMAN
IU BLOCK BY #02 ZEISLOFT
02:29 -
IU DEF REBOUND BY #00 BIELFELDT
02:27 -
IU JUMPER BY #05 WILLIAMS
02:26 36-24 V 12
IU ASSIST BY #11 FERRELL
02:26 -
IU SUB IN #30 HARTMAN
02:26 -
IU SUB OUT #05 WILLIAMS
02:26 -
IU SUB IN #13 MORGAN
02:26 -
IU SUB OUT #03 ANUNOBY
02:26 -
IU FOUL ON #30 HARTMAN
02:11 -
02:11 -
MICH MISSED FT BY #34 DONNAL
IU DEF REBOUND BY #00 BIELFELDT
02:06 -
IU 3PTR BY #30 HARTMAN
02:00 39-24 V 15
IU ASSIST BY #00 BIELFELDT
02:00 -
01:38 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #21 IRVIN
IU DEF REBOUND BY #30 HARTMAN
01:36 -
IU 3PTR BY #11 FERRELL
01:25 42-24 V 18
IU ASSIST BY #30 HARTMAN
01:25 -
01:04 -
MICH MISSED 3PTR BY #24 DAWKINS
IU DEF REBOUND BY #02 ZEISLOFT
01:01 -
IU 3PTR BY #02 ZEISLOFT
00:55 45-24 V 21
IU ASSIST BY #11 FERRELL
00:55 -
00:28 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #10 WALTON JR.
IU DEF REBOUND BY #00 BIELFELDT
00:25 -
IU MISSED 3PTR BY #00 BIELFELDT
00:20 -
00:17 -
MICH DEF REBOUND BY #21 IRVIN
00:01 -
MICH MISSED JUMPER BY #21 IRVIN
IU BLOCK BY #00 BIELFELDT
00:01 -
IU DEF REBOUND BY #02 ZEISLOFT
00:01 -
00:00

2. IT STARTED WITH DEFENSE: As impressive as Indiana's offense was on Tuesday night -- and it was quite impressive -- the Hoosiers' historic run all started on the defensive end. 

Crean called the timeout when Michigan led 15-4 because the Hoosiers was out of sorts defensively, regularly leaving shooters wide open. Freshmen OG Anunoby and Juwan Morgan entered the game, and helped change that almost immediately. 

"We were coming off the shooters, which is the number one premise with guarding Michigan," Crean said afterward. "You cannot overhelp, and we did that a little bit. So we got our ball screen coverage fixed, and I give the players great credit for the way they responded in that. 

"You're not gonna win the game with you're offense. You're gonna win the game with the multiple stops. We were able to get on that run because they kept guarding. We guarded pretty well, and then we guarded really well, and then the ball moved even better. I'd say our team's maturing in a lot of ways, but it starts with our seniors." 

The Wolverines shot a number of erratic shots during Indiana's 25-0 spurt, many of which were airballs. Anunoby completely shut down Zak Irvin, and the presence of Anunoby, Morgan and others clearly made Michigan uncomfortable on the offensive end. 

Michigan is a top 20 offensive team, and it is even more efficient at home. To hold that team scoreless for more than 9 minutes is pretty remarkable, especailly considering what Indiana's D looked like in November and December. 

"In the second half they took away some of our options, and nobody has done that," said Michigan coach John Beilein. "They're not as known for their defense as some of the teams in the league, but they played really great defense on us today. That's a sign that they're improving defensively every single day. They're good [defensively], but they were great tonight." 

3. OG HAS CHANGED THIS TEAM: It may be quite obvious at this point, but Anunoby has changed this team in ways I didn't deem possible. He's quickly become a lockdown defender -- imagine Nigel Hayes' line if Anunoby had been healthy at Wisconsin -- and he affects the game in nearly every way. His ability to anticipate the next pass and jump into the passing lane is something Indiana hasn't had since Victor Oladipo, and the same could be said for his ability to shut down any player on the opposing team. That's an incredible valuable weapon, and Anunoby is only a freshman. This is only the beginning for him, a scary thought for every coach in the Big Ten. 

"He was absolutely huge because I think the length was crucial," Crean said. "OG can guard the dribble, and Zak is a very, very hard guy to defend because he can get to the rim, he can shoot the pull-up, he can make a 3. He did a really good job of playing long. 

Anunoby matched a career-high with 11 points on Tuesday night on 5-of-6 shooting. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a steal in 19 minutes. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 16 was the second-highest on the team (Ferrell, 25). 

I'd say the sample size is large enough now to assume that Anunoby's production won't drop off signifcantly. And even if it does, he's still a lockdown defender, and that alone makes Indiana a legitimate Final Four contender. 

4. MICK CRONIN NEEDS A HARTMAN: Collin Hartman is among the most unheralded players on the Indiana roster, but those that really know basketball appreciate what he brings to a team. 

Dan Dakich said during the ESPN telecast that Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin texted him at halftime.

"Do you know where I can find a guy that plays like Collin Hartman?," Cronin asked. "I need one." 

That's high praise for Hartman, who doesn't get enough credit for his impact on the Hoosiers. The Indianapolis native had 5 points, 5 rebounds (4 offensive) and 3 assists in 20 minutes against Michigan. 

5. STEADY YOGI KEEPS ROLLIN': It's hard to put this one any higher up because it's hardly a surprise at this point. Yogi Ferrell had 17 points, 9 assists, 2 steals and 1 turnover in yet another solid performance for the Hoosiers. If he keeps putting up numbers like he has lately, he'll become a legitimate candidate for National Player of the Year.

Ferrell's season numbers: 17.4 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.2 rpg, 47.2% 3-pointers

Ferrell's Big Ten numbers: 19.2 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.5 rpg, 54.7% 3-pointers 

"There's a reason why they're at the top of the league," said Michigan coach John Beilein. Yogi Ferrell is really an exceptional, exceptional point guard and leader."


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