Indiana lost to Michigan by a final score of 89-65 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon.
The three keys, highlights and final stats from the game are below. Indiana (16-9, 6-8) will stay on the road as the Hoosiers travel to Minnesota for a 9 p.m. tip on Wednesday night.
See also: Archie Miller discusses the loss to Michigan.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Indiana’s defense cannot contain Michigan. By just about any measure Indiana had their worst defensive effort of the season. Michigan shot 57 percent from the field including 53 percent from behind the three-point line for the day. The Wolverine guards were able to slice through IU’s perimeter defense after which they found runs to the rim and open shooters. Michigan had 17 assists on just 8 turnovers and scored 1.48 points per possession.
2. Michigan controls the glass. Indiana entered the game No. 12 in rebounding margin while Michigan was a middle-of-the-pack squad on the glass. The roles were reversed on Sunday as the Wolverines dominated the boards with a 37-21 rebounding margin. IU head coach Archie Miller said that offensive rebounds were a big key to facilitating Indiana’s scoring opportunities, but the Hoosiers managed just 7 offensive rebounds and produced only 5 second chance points.
3. Another second half collapse on the road. Down just 41-34 at the break, IU looked like they had a shot if Miller and his squad could slow down Michigan’s offense. Instead, Michigan got better after the break on the offensive end, producing 48 points on 60 percent shooting overall including makes on 71.4 percent of their attempts from long range. Meanwhile, IU went the other direction after halftime, as they followed up a 50 percent effort before the break by making just 41.9 percent of their attempts in the second half including an 0-for-6 effort from three-point range.
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