Michigan coach John Beilein says Caris LeVert is now running in practice, now day to day heading into matchup with Indiana.

Michigan coach John Beilein says Caris LeVert is now running in practice, now day to day heading into matchup with Indiana.

Michigan enjoyed a mid season getaway to New York City Saturday for a 79-72 win over Penn State.

Now back home in Ann Arbor, and officially halfway through Big Ten Conference play at 7-2 business picks up as the Wolverines play host to No. 22 Indiana Tuesday night for a 9 p.m. tip at Crisler Center.

"Tom (Crean) has done a great job with that program and that team is playing, right now, I think the best defense it's played, short of the (Victor) Oladipo team," Beilein said Monday.

"They've got multiple shooters at multiple positions and Yogi Ferrell," added Beilein.

Ferrell comes into the contest averaging 17.5 points per game, shooting just shy of 50-percent from three-point ranger, to go with a better than 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

In other words, Beilein and Michigan are very aware of what No. 11 is capable of.

"The point guard position has changed, the point guard and the ball screen, has changed college basketball so much over the last 20," Beilein said. 

"He is elite. We're fortunate to have a very good one as well in Derrick Walton Jr. He's hard to stay in front of."

Indiana's lineup versatility and mix of shooters everywhere on the floor to go along with  forward Thomas Bryant, presents several problems for Michigan defensively.

Someone that could certainly help on both ends of the floor is senior wing Caris LeVert. Missing the last eight games with a lower left leg injury, LeVert appears to be getting closer to a return.

"Caris did more yesterday than he's done at all," Beilein said. "This was the first time that he really tested himself more than he has so it's day to day and we'll wait and see when he's ready to go. 

"But it's ultimately going to be his decision and it could be soon, could be later."


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