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IU basketball: Michigan at Indiana game day essentials on Senior Day

Game Day Essentials:

 Michigan (17-13, 11-8) at  No. 15 Indiana (20-10, 11-8)

  • Tip Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222), Bloomington, Indiana
  • Television: CBS (Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel)
  • Stream:  CBS Sports
  • IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
  • Point Spread: Indiana is a 4.5-point favorite
  • KenPom Projected Score: No. 30 Indiana 77 No. 41 Michigan 72
  • Series: Indiana leads 109-65. IU won last meeting 62-61 on Feb. 11, 2023

Senior Day:

Indiana will honor five seniors as part of the annual Senior Day festivities.

Sixth-year senior forward Race Thompson, fifth-year senior forward Miller Kopp, senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, senior forward Nathan Childress, and senior guard Michael Shipp will participate in the 50th edition of senior speeches.

The basketball program will also recognize four senior managers: Tommy McLaughlin, Graysen Medina, Nate Mertz, and Bennett Munds.

Xavier Johnson was previously announced by Indiana as a senior day speaker but he will no longer participate as he is pursuing a medical redshirt and another year of college basketball.

Additional game coverage:

Three keys from the first meeting:

  1. Hoosiers shut out Michigan in final five minutes. Michigan took a 61-58 lead with 5:12 remaining but never scored again as Indiana got stops on the Wolverines’ last eight possessions of the game to win it.  Michigan missed seven straight shots and had a turnover in that span.
  2. IU overcomes slow start on the road. Indiana trailed by 11 in the first half but kept battling back.  While their defense closed strong, Michigan gashed the Hoosiers early on, scoring 21 points in the first 7:27 of the game.  But UM only scored 24 for the entire second half, as they shot just 32 percent from the field and had 7 turnovers after the break.
  3. Jackson-Davis and Hood-Schifino enough. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jalen Hood-Schifino scored 49 of Indiana’s 62 points, and made 19 of their 23 field goals.  The rest of the team made just 4-of-15 shots from the field, and no one else had more than four points.  Hood-Schifino made two free throws to give IU a lead with 2:58 left, and Jackson-Davis had a key block during the span.

Michigan Stats:

Michigan Notes:

  • In battling for a 12th conference victory, U-M has an opportunity to earn a double bye for the 2023 Big Ten Tournament. As of March 2nd, U-M is the fifth seed with its 11-8 record, which is tied with five other Big Ten squads — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland and Northwestern.
  • In U-M’s nine-game stretch to the regular season finale, Hunter Dickinson has been a monster for the Wolverines. He has nine straight double figure games with three 20-plus and one 30-plus (third of season). With six games of 10-plus rebounds — including a career-best 16 at Illinois — he has half (6) of his team-best 12 double-doubles, including his last three straight games.
  • Additionally, in his last seven games, Dickinson is 7-for-13 (53.8%) from long range with his game sealing triple against Michigan State as well as the thrilling end of regulation triple to send U-M’s game with Wisconsin into OT.
  • Dickinson (1,529) reached yet another U-M milestone this season becoming the 22nd Wolverine to reach 1,500 career points. In fact, with his 31 points at Illinois, he passed U-M coach Juwan Howard (1,526) for the 20th spot all-time. With a career-best 16 rebounds against the Illini, Dickinson now has 746 boards, which also passes Howard (745), and Robert Traylor, putting Dickinson 11th all-time.
  • In addition to Dickinson’s play, Kobe Bufkin has continued to be a force for the Wolverines. In his last nine games, he has nine straight double figure games including three of his six 20-plus games. In fact, he scored a career-best 28 in the OT win against Wisconsin using a career-best 10-for-21 shooting line.
  • During Bufkin’s stretch he posted his first double-double (15 points, career-best
    12 rebounds) at Northwestern, which he nearly made a triple double with his career-best eight assists. He has shot 53.2 percent from the field.
  • Like Dickinson, Bufkin has been red hot from long range in the last six of those nine games. With two-plus triples in each game and 15 of his 38 on season, he is shooting 55.6 percent (15-for-27) during his last six games.
  • Dug McDaniel leads with 104 assists (3.5 apg), the most for a U-M freshman since All-American Trey Burke had 156 (4.6 apg) in 2011-12 (11 years).
  • Jett Howard, who is second with 14.4 ppg, made his return to the lineup after missing two games with a right ankle injury. In his return at Illinois, he had 15 points.
  • Howard has a team-best 72 three-pointers (3rd in Big Ten; Penn State’s Andrew Funk, 87), with 12 games with three-plus triples in a game. Speaking of shooting, since Jan. 1, Howard is 32-for-33 (96.9%) from the free throw line.
  • Since returning from a two game absence due to a bruised knee (at Wisconsin, Michigan State), Terrance Williams II has averaged 7.0 rebounds per game after grabbing nine in his return at Rutgers. He added seven against Wisconsin and another five at Illinois. He is second on U-M with 6.2 rebounds per game.

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Michigan’s 2022-23 KenPom Vitals and Highlights:

Tempo – No. 155 (Offense No. 190 / Defense No. 179)

Offensive Efficiency – No. 41

  • Michigan’s effective field goal percentage of 51.5 percent is No. 125 nationally. They are No. 128 nationally in two-point percentage (51.3) and rank No. 154 in three-point percentage (34.6).
  • The Wolverines take care of the ball, only turning it over on 14.5 percent of possessions, No. 9.
  • Free throw attempts account for only 30.6 percent of field goal attempts, No. 212. When they do get to the line they don’t cash in efficiently, making only 70.6 percent, No. 228.
  • Michigan is not a strong offensive rebounding team.  They only grab 25.3 percent of their misses, No. 285 nationally.
  • Teams don’t get a lot of blocks against Michigan — just 6.8 percent of possessions, No. 34.

Defensive Efficiency – No. 56

  • Michigan ranks No. 64 in overall opponent field goal percentage (47.9), including No. 66 in three-point percentage (31.9) and No. 77 in two-point percentage (47.9).
  • Indiana can’t rely too much on getting to the line, as Michigan allows free throw attempts on just 26.2 percent of field goal attempts, No. 45.
  • The Wolverines aren’t super disruptive defensively, as they turn opponents over on just 15.0 percent of possessions, No. 341.
  • Michigan gets blocks on 11.6 percent of possessions, good for No. 54 nationally.

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