There are no moral victories in a league where every game seems to boils down to a one or two possession battle. Games are opportunities and losses are missed opportunities. Michigan let a golden chance for a coveted road victory slip away at Assembly Hall on Thursday night. The Wolverines never led but had four shots and a desperation heave to tie or take the lead in the final three minutes of play. Those shots all rimmed out and Michigan’s last gasp effort fell short. The Wolverines missed out on their third win at Assembly Hall in almost a quarter-century and Indiana escaped with a 73-71 victory.
John Beilein disappointed with the loss at Indiana but fairly upbeat. We don’t have video but here is the audio with the traditional transcript, notes and quotes after the jump.
Transcript after the jump. [click to continue…]
Life on the road in the Big Ten is far from easy but Assembly Hall is as tough of a venue as Michigan will travel to all season. The Wolverines most recent wins in Bloomington were in 1995 and 2009 and they will face a surging Hoosier team that’s 13-1 and has already beaten Ohio State and Kentucky. Michigan will look to its senior leaders, and Indiana natives, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass to help spark an upset.
Tip off is scheduled for 9:06 p.m. on ESPN2 (streaming on ESPN3) and Dan Dakich will be on the call with Dave O’Brien. Join us in the comments below for live discussion before, during and after tonight’s game.
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|Who: No. 13 Michigan (12-2) at No. 12 Indiana (13-1)|
|Where: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN|
|When: 9:06 p.m. ET, January 5th, 2012|
|TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3.com|
|Radio: MGoBlue, WWJ 950AM, WWWW 102.9 FM, XM 91, Sirius 91|
|More: Pick to Click, Beilein Preview, Player Interviews, Opposition Q&A, KenPom GamePrep, Inside the Hall|
If you’ve listened to sports radio, watched ESPN or read any of your favorite national college basketball writers lately then you must have heard. Indiana is back. Tom Crean’s first three seasons in Bloomington were painful but, 14 games into the 2011-12 campaign, it’s apparent that Indiana has begun to figure things out. The Hoosiers have knocked off arguably the nation’s top two teams, Ohio State and Kentucky, within the friendly confines of Assembly Hall and have cruised to a 13-1 record after winning just 12 games a season ago. Now it’s Michigan’s chance to travel to Assembly Hall in a match-up that will pit a pair of teams itching to prove that they belong in the Big Ten’s top tier.