Final Horn: Indiana 80, Michigan 67

Zach Shaw

With celebrities from near and far joining an already-full house at Crisler Center on Tuesday night, the Michigan basketball team looked poised for a star-studded performance against No. 22 Indiana.

The Wolverines even looked the part in the opening 5:29, outscoring and outplaying the Hoosiers while jumping to a 15-4 lead. From there, things got hysterically ugly.

After cutting the deficit to four, Indiana (8-1 Big ten, 19-4 overall) went on a 28-0 run over the next 10:29 of game action. Michigan (7-3, 17-6) had no answers on offense or defense during the stretch, and the Hoosiers coasted to an 80-67 win, a score much closer than the game was.

Here are our instant takeaways from the Tuesday night thrashing.

MVP: Yogi Ferrell. Indiana’s guard and All-American candidate looked the part Tuesday, waltzing all over Michigan’s defense to an easy 17 points and nine assists. Ferrell played the game on another level after Tom Crean called him out during a timeout midway through the first half and Indiana never looked back. In addition, Ferrell showcased plenty or defensive fortitude, holding junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. to just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting.

It was over when… It is probably a safe bet to say that no team has ever won after giving up 28 consecutive points, and that remained true on Tuesday. Beginning at the 9:05 mark in the first half, the Wolverines could not create or stop anything on either end of the court, shooting 0-for-13 from the field while the Hoosiers knocked down 11 of 14 in the same stretch.

Key Stat: One area that is usually a strength for the Wolverines has quickly become a weakness. Michigan shot 6-of-21 from 3-point range, and is now 12-of-41 (29.3 percent) from deep in its last two games. The cold shooting compounded Michigan’s offensive problems in a hurry and allowed the Hoosiers to pull away.

Room for improvement: Not to beat a dead horse, but 28-0 runs should never happen to a team that plans on winning basketball games like Michigan does, and leaves plenty of room for improvement. With senior guard Caris LeVert still out indefinitely, the Wolverines must find ways to create on offense against good defenses, and be able to contain playmakers such as Ferrell.

Much of the blame can fall on Irvin and Walton, who began the game a combined 4-of-18 from the field with five turnovers before the game was officially a blowout.

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  • Fab 5 Legends

    tough loss…Walton/Irvin didnt show up tonight…they will be needed to step up against State for us to get a W against them…we go as far as Walton/Irvin takes us…with Levert out – we need to rely on them to get pts and lead the team

  • bobohle

    This is about the fifth or sixth game this year that a double digit lead pretty much evaporated when the first group of subs came in the game and when the starters came back in they went ice cold. I agree with the comments of we need to recruit more physical players. Jess Settles of BTN said the other night that if he were a 5 Star Guard he would want to play for John Beilein. We are not closing the deal on those 5 Star targets for whatever reason. If we don’t start landing some of these soon we will be settling for middle of the pack each year. It’s too big of a gamble hoping lesser talent will develop year after year.

    • Tuff Enough

      Well said, I was noticing the same thing too. Beilein start to sub when we get a little lead and the other team will leave there starters in to catch up and then Beilein will start putting in the starters and they would not get back on track again and then its over.

      • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

        Dakich is a lead and momentum killer. Even if he plays just a minute or two, there is always a quick 6-0 run at the very least.

        I love the kid’s heart and energy, but he is simply not a kid that can be on the court at any serious portion of a game.

        He refuses to shoot the ball when open and ruins the flow of the offense. He did the same exact thing tonight.

    • Mattski

      We’re without Caris and Spike is the immediate problem. Not enough horses