ANN ARBOR, Mich. – If there were time to make a statement in Big Ten play, Michigan had its moment Thursday evening against Indiana.
And boy did they make a statement – offensively that is – as the Wolverines rolled Indiana 90-60, behind 63.3 percent shooting as a team, including 11-of-20 from 3s, blitzing the Hoosiers in front of the Crisler Center crowd.
In fact, U-M (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) looked like an unstoppable force offensively. Why? Well, Michigan shot 55 percent from 3s, with six Wolverines hitting from long range. That’s not all, six Wolverines finished in double figures scoring, led by Derrick Walton Jr.’s 21 points and five assists, while Moritz Wagner added 14 on 7-of-9 shooting.
Robert Johnson led Indiana (14-7, 4-4) with 14 points. Thomas Bryant chipped in 13, with Josh Newkirk adding eight.
New attitude for Michigan?
After dismantling Illinois, 66-57, on Saturday, Michigan players said they played with heighted response after being called “white collar” style players by the Illini. That positive play continued on Thursday, with U-M playing on a level of play no one has seen in Ann Arbor for a couple seasons. Now, well, the Wolverines are 4-4 in conference play and look like a possible NCAA Tournament team. And they have 10 games left to prove it.
Michigan plays at Michigan State this Sunday 1 p.m.