Big Ten Tournament Game Day Essentials
No. 9 Indiana (18-12, 9-11) vs. No. 8 Michigan (17-13, 11-9)
- Tip Time: Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Eastern
- Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Television: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo)
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Stream: Fox Sports Live
- Point Spread: Michigan is a 2-point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: No. 30 Michigan 70 No. 44 Indiana 68
- Series: Indiana leads 107-65
- Last Meeting: Michigan 80 Indiana 62 (Jan. 23)
Additional Game Coverage
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- Indiana has come up empty against Michigan since memorable 2016 run
Juwan Howard Returns From Suspension
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard returns from suspension on Thursday following his 5-game absence stemming from a post-game incident at Wisconsin.
He met with the media on Wednesday.
Video credit – Maize and Blue Review
Three Keys, Highlights and Box Score from the First Michigan Game
1. Michigan from three, Indiana from three. Michigan made 11-of-17 from three on the day while Indiana converted on just 5-of-19. At one point the Hoosiers were just 2-of-13 before some late makes by Parker Stewart. The Wolverines were effective at breaking down IU off the dribble to create open looks, and they also passed effectively out of the paint when Indiana double-teamed. Thursday hero Rob Phinisee was 0-of-3 from long range, as was Trey Galloway.
2. Starting five not getting it done. Indiana wasn’t good defensively throughout the game, but Michigan was especially productive against Indiana’s starting five. The Wolverines outscored IU 14-6 to open the second half after outscoring the Hoosiers 17-9 to open the game.
3. Dickinson the difference maker. IU had no answers for Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson, who scored 25 points, including 18 in the second half. The 7-foot-1 Dickinson was 9-of-12 from the field including 3-of-4 from three. He was effective on the block and popping out to the arc on ball screens. Dickinson also had a hand in Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson going just 10-of-24 from the field.
Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament
The Big Ten Tournament has been no friend of IU since it started in 1998.
The Hoosiers are 13-23 all-time at the event. They have never won the tournament and played in the final just once. They can claim just five wins since 2006.
Although he coached in just six of the 24 years IU has played in the Big Ten Tournament, Mike Davis owns more than half of Indiana’s 13 all-time wins. Here are the records by coach:
- Bob Knight: 1-3
- Mike Davis: 7-6
- Kelvin Sampson: 0-1
- Dan Dakich: 0-1
- Tom Crean: 4-9
- Archie Miller: 1-3
Suffice it to say, Indiana hasn’t had a lot of memorable moments. But there have been a few.
- 2001: This was the only year that Indiana advanced to the championship game. The real highlight in this year was the Saturday win over Bill Self’s top-5 Illinois team. The Big Ten tournament being the fickle witch that she can be, the Hoosiers would go on to lose to former IU star Steve Alford and the Iowa Hawkeyes the next day in the final.
- 2002: The National Championship game bound Hoosiers make it to Saturday again, but there they ran into Iowa. And Luke Recker. Never was a last name more appropriate as he hit the game winner. Recker had transferred from IU after the 1998-99 season and immediately transformed from in-state darling to public enemy number one after ultimately resurfacing at Iowa.
- 2003: Indiana strung together a couple wins but found itself down 16 at the half against Illinois on Saturday. Tom Coverdale caught fire with 19 points in the 2nd half but it wasn’t enough as Illinois held on 73-72.
- 2013: The performance in this tournament was ultimately disappointing but we’re desperate here for memorable moments, and who could forget this:
- 2015: It was just one win, but Indiana’s victory over Northwestern was likely what punched their ticket for the NCAA tournament.
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