Hoosiers Fall To Wolverines 74-63

Ross Houston
January 10, 2019

The Big Ten has a pretty good match up on its hands this Sunday.

Michigan, who led by 15 points the majority of the game, took down the Hoosiers 74-63 on Sunday.

"When those two guys aren't on the floor, we're a different team offensively and defensively", IN coach Archie Miller said.

The Wolverines shut down three offenses who finished in the top-40 nationally during this nine-game stint as well, including Nebraska (finished No. 25 nationally averaging 456.2 yards per game, while U-M held it to 132), Western Michigan (ended at No. 35 in the country with 436.8 yards per game, but U-M held it to 208) and Wisconsin (concluded at No. 36 accumulating 431.1 yards per outing, while the Wolverines limited it to 283).

Against the defending national runners-up and still undefeated Wolverines, this slow start was fatal.

"The beginning of the game, we're not tough enough", Miller said. "We take a punch, maybe a few too many, and then we sort of get up off the ground and get going".

Jordan Poole, who scored 18 points, literally said as much. "We will need to rotate on defense and work in practice to prepare for them".

The Hoosiers failed to get the stops they needed on defense to fight their way back in the game after an early deficit.

IN fell to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play.

"We set the tone and we got their two big guys in foul trouble", MI coach John Beilein said.

After going 4-for-9 in the first half from three point range, MI failed to make another three during the game, due to the Hoosiers committal to force the Wolverines to win the game in the paint.

"I just have to be smarter", Morgan said.

Michigan: Plays at IL (4-11, 0-4) on Thursday.

IU's injuries and foul trouble forced Miller to turn to a trio of unlikely players for long stretches of the game.

"We're just anxious about getting better", Poole said.

When Morgan and Langford went to the bench with two fouls early in the first half, the Wolverines went on a 12-3 run in less than 3 minutes before the pair returned to the floor.

"He's fine, he's not the problem", Miller said of Morgan.

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