Indiana vs. Michigan Gameday

Indiana has its work cut out for it on Wednesday when John Beilein's Michigan Wolverine team comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. match-up. The Wolverines have been one of the country's biggest surprise teams this year, already eclipsing their season win total (10) from a year ago with more than half the season to play…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-8/0-1) vs. Michigan (11-3/1-1)
Indiana is hoping to pick up its first Big Ten win of the season, and it will have a chance to do it against a team that IU has dominated in recent years. The Hoosiers have won 12 out of the last 13 meetings against the Wolverines, with the lone setback coming in 2007, 58-55 in Ann Arbor. Indiana has also won 11 straight against Michigan in Assembly Hall. Michigan's last victory in Bloomington came in 1995, when three-fifths of the "Fab Five" - Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson – were still starring for then Wolverine Coach Steve Fisher.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 195-104 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Michigan, meanwhile, is coached by John Beilein, who is in his 2nd year with the Wolverines and 31st year overall. Beilein owns a 21-24 mark at Michigan and a 572-343 mark overall. Before arriving at Michigan, Beilein also was the head coach at Erie C.C. (4 years), Nazareth College (1 year), LeMoyne College (9 years), Canisius (5 years), Richmond (5 years) and West Virginia (5 years).

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

Michigan 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (5-8/0-1)
PG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 176, Fr.) – 7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 42.2% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 13.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 31.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Matt Roth (6-3, 180, Fr.) – 5.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.9 spg, 35.7% 3 pt. shooting
SF - Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 spg, 45.9% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 56.1% FG shooting

Michigan (11-3/1-1 Big Ten)
PG- David Merritt (5-10, 170, Sr.) – 2.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 33.3% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Stu Douglass (6-3, 175, Fr.) – 4.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 34.0% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Manny Harris (6-5, 185, So.) – 18.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 30.5% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Zack Novak (6-5, 210, Fr.) – 7.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 43.4% 3 pt. shooting
PF – DeShawn Sims (6-8, 235, Jr.) – 16.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 38.9% 3 pt. shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Statistics

Michigan 2008-09 Statistics

What sort of luck will Indiana have at trying to control the tempo? –There are plenty of things about Michigan that concerns IU coach Tom Crean, but one of the biggest is how dangerous they can be in transition. Leading scorer Manny Harris is among the best open court players in the country, while the Wolverines generally have five players on the floor at all times who are capable of trailing on the break and spotting up behind the 3-point arc and knocking down an open shot. Indiana has designs on making this a grind-it-out affair, and if it wants to do that it will have to take care of the basketball on offense and be solid with its transition defense. If it can do that it should limit the open looks for Michigan's shooters and have a chance to keep this game close. But if the game turns into an up-and-down game and gets into the 70s, Indiana is likely in trouble.

Can Tom Pritchard stay out of foul trouble? - The Hoosiers' second-leading scorer and leading rebounder will have one of his toughest defensive assignments on the season Wednesday in Sims. The 6'8" junior is among the conference's top scoring big men at 16.6 per game, but it's his ability to step outside and draw big men away from the bucket that creates some defensive concerns for Pritchard. Sims is shooting 53.5 percent from the field and is a force inside, but he's also shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc (14-of-36). Indiana would appear to have little choice but to play man-to-man considering Michigan's plethora of capable 3-point shooters, which means Pritchard is going to have to be able to guard all the way out to the 3-point arc. That puts IU's freshman in danger of getting in foul trouble, which would spell big problems for IU in its upset bid.

Can Indiana figure out a way to dominate the glass? - If there's one consistent theme in Michigan's three losses this season, it's that they've been out-rebounded by all three foes. Duke (+12), Maryland (+17) and Wisconsin (+4) all used their edge on the glass to help them knock off Michigan earlier in the season. Duke is a particularly good example of the importance of rebounding against Michigan – The Blue Devils out-rebounded UM by 12 in a 15-point win, then were out-rebounded by them by one two weeks later in an eight-point loss. IU Coach Tom Crean hinted at throwing something different at Michigan, saying Tuesday that "you have to make them come down and match-up with you a little bit, too." That might suggest that IU could try to go back to starting Kyle Taber in an effort to get bigger and possibly control the glass.

"I always get a chuckle when a coach talks about how young his team is. Well, there's some young teams, and then there's Indiana. It's a completely different type of young." – Tom Crean

"(Calbert Cheaney) has been giving us a lot of teaching points about being here and playing under Coach Knight.. We've been listening to him and following him." – Nick Williams

"We've been focusing on (turnovers) a lot. There's a sense of urgency and it's getting better and it's getting to the level that it needs to be." – Devan Dumes

"(Calbert Cheaney's) wisdom is monumental. Me being a kid, it's an honor to be around him. He's talked to us a lot, gave us a lot of pointers…he's a good guy." – Devan Dumes

"(Zack Novak) got a swagger to him, and every shot he expects to go in, and he plays hard and smart. Those are two of the things we've tried to recruit and be proud of. Those are two qualities he had at Chesterton." – Michigan Coach John Beilein

"(on Lucas-Perry) He gives us more quickness and strength. He's a tough kid. He's making the normal adjustments that freshmen do, but he can be explosive on offense, and has a quick and accurate jump shot. Some can shoot it but it takes them forever to shoot it. Some shoot it too quickly and can't make it. He does both." – Beilein

NOTABLES: Wednesday night's match-up is only Michigan's second true road game this season. They lost at Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge 75-70…Michigan's Manny Harris ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring (18.8), third in rebounding (7.6) and is fifth in assists (4.9), the only player in the conference to be in the top five in all three categories…DeShawn Sims' 8.8 rebounds, meanwhile, also leads the Big Ten…Michigan has six players who have made double-figure 3-pointers this season and 11 who have attempted at least 10 3-pointers this season. By contrast, IU has only three players with 10 or made 3s (Roth, Dumes, Story) and only five who have attempted at least 10…in his last four games, DeShawn Sims is 8-of-14 from behind the 3-point arc…Michigan will likely start two Indiana products Wednesday in freshmen Zack Novak (Chesterton) and Stu Douglass (Carmel)…Arizona transfer Laval Lucas-Perry has played in the last five games after regaining his eligibility following his transfer in December of 2007. He's averaging 11.6 points…IU started four freshmen in its Big Ten opener against Iowa, marking the first time an IU team has ever started four freshmen in a Big Ten opener.

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