Indiana knew it was in for a tough challenge down a key starter in Armaan Franklin with the nation’s third-ranked team coming into Assembly Hall in Michigan. It proved to be just that, with the Wolverines running away with the game in the second half in route to a 73-57 victory. IU is now squarely on the bubble, with two more chances for wins to impress the selection committee
Indiana’s final two road matchups come against red-hot Michigan State and Purdue, who Archie Miller is 0-7 against in his career.
Here are some post-game notes, numbers, and trends from the loss.
- With the loss, Archie Miller is now 0-5 against Michigan while at IU. That makes him 0-12 combined against Michigan and Purdue.
- IU has had five straight seasons in which it finishes no better than .500 in Big Ten play. According to Zach Osterman of the IndyStar, that’s the first time it has had a run this bad in league play since World War I. It currently sits at 7-10 in the Big Ten with two to play.
- Al Durham went over 1,000 career points in the third quarter of the game, finishing with 15 points. Asked if he would come back for a fifth year, Durham declined to answer.
- It was a nice performance for Khristian Lander, who looked more comfortable and aggressive across 15 minutes of action. He scored seven points and made his second and third 2-point field goals of the season. He had not previously made a 2-pointer since the first game of the season.
- Trayce Jackson-Davis struggled with size once again, a common theme this season. The 6-foot-9 forward was just 3-12 for 10 points against Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson. Jackson-Davis is still one of two Big Ten players this season to notch double-figure scoring totals in every game this season. Illinois senior guard Ayo Dosunmu is the other B1G player to accomplish the feat.
- The Hoosiers once again could not pass the 40 percent mark from the field, making 20-52 for a 38.5 percentage. The team was 4-15 from three. Indiana has been held below 40 percent eight times this season.
- IU’s defense was a problem again, allowing 73 points and nearly 1.2 points per possession. The Hoosiers scored .934 points per possession.
- Michigan showed off its balance, with four different players in double figures. The Wolverines were led by Franz Wagner, who scored 21.
- Indiana was -10 in rebounding margin, its fourth worst effort of the season on the glass.
- Michigan attempted 18 free throws in the first half, and then only one more in the second half.
- Jerome Hunter started for the first time of his career. He had five points and six rebounds in 26 minutes.
- Rob Phinisee scored for the first time in three games and finished with seven points.
- Senior walk-on Cooper Bybee hit a pair of free throws in his final home game.
- Heading into today’s game, Indiana was the last team in, according to ESPN’s Bracketoloigst Joe Lunardi. Lunardi said before the game that IU needed to beat Michigan to stay in the field.
- IU had some difficult plus-minus stats, with Al Durham at -20 and Trayce Jackson-Davis a -19. The starters were thoroughly outclassed from start to finish in this game.
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