Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) drives to the basket against Michigan Wolverines guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) at Assembly Hall. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Michigan was due.
After weeks of dominant offense and heroic finishes, weeks of Big Ten perfection, the No. 10 Wolverines couldn't sustain it, limping to its worst offensive game of the season while losing to Indiana, 63-52, at Assembly Hall today.
The 10-game winning streak? Gone. The 8-0 Big Ten record? Blemished. A season low point total? Yep. The struggles in Bloomington, with one win since 1995? Still kicking. second half.
The problematic offense started with the Michigan's star, Nik Stauskas, who scored only six points, and was hardly involved in the offense at all. second half.
Much of that credit goes to IU guard Yogi Farrell, who spent the game face-guarding Stauskas despite giving away nearly six inches, and held Stauskas to just 1 of 6 from the field. second half.
At the other end, the Wolverines didn't give him the same treatment and Farrell had the offensive game of his season, hitting seven three-pointers, a few at the end of the shot clock. Allowing IU's best player to score 27 points in such a low-scoring game explained why they trailed most of the way. second half.
Michigan (17-4, 9-0 Big Ten) finally started shooting in the second half but its defense was just as bad. second half.
Indiana hit 8 of its first 12 shots and kept its distance. second half.
Michigan closed within four points after Glenn Robinson III's three-point play with 1:22 remaining, but another defensive breakdown - IU consistently got to the hoop for lay-ups - was enough to bury them. second half.
Coming minutes after misses from Stauskas on a layup, and Robinson and Morgan on the front end of one and ones, the Wolverines were beating themselves. second half.
When Indiana surged at the end highlighted by a Noah Vonleh follow dunk in the final minute, the score got farther out than the final minutes showed. Indiana (14-8, 4-5) got its first signature win of the season and kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive. second half.
The first half went about as poorly as the Wolverines could imagine. Shooting just 7 of 20 (35%) from the field, it was their worst shooting half in two months, since Dec. 3 at Duke. They had eight turnovers, one off what they average for a full game and star Nik Stauskas only had four points. second half.
Defensively, their problem was letting Indiana's best player, Ferrell, start his three point streak with four three-pointers for the bulk of Indiana's scoring. second half.
Yet the Wolverines only trailed, 25-22, at the break. But they never got the lead in the second half.
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