Indiana coach Tom Crean called time out at the 14:30 mark of the first half, furious with the lack of defense that had just allowed Michigan to open up a 15-4 lead.
Whatever was said in that huddle awoke the slumbering Hoosiers, who surged back into the game on a 10-2 run of their own before closing the opening half with a 25-0 run en route to an 80-67 win over Wolverines.
Yogi Ferrell had 17 points and nine assists to pace three Hoosiers in double figures. Robert Johnson added 16 points, and freshman OG Anunoby tied a career high with 11 points. Nine players scored in all for IU.
Indiana used one of its patented offensive explosions in the game-defining run, but the defense was equally impressive as Michigan did not score in the final 9:05 of the first half, missing its final 12 shots and committing three turnovers.
An Anunoby 3 early in the second half made the run 28-0 before the Wolverines’ Duncan Robinson scored to end the drought 10 minutes and 29 seconds.
From there, Indiana cruised to victory, improving to 19-4 overall and 9-1 in Big Ten play.
The game also featured the return of former Wolverine Max Bielfeldt to Crisler Arena, as the grad transfer entered the game to warm but restrained applause. Bielfeldt hit a 3 on his first shot attempt, finishing with five points and seven rebounds for the game.
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1. HOOSIERS HQ
Max Bielfeldt would love nothing more than to make a triumphant return to Michigan tonight, Mike writes.
Indiana slips to No. 3 in this week’s Big Ten power rankings, I wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana brings a former Wolverine and a superb point guard to Ann Arbor, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press writes.
John Beilein has no regrets about the forward-looking decision that saw Max Bielfeldt transfer to Indiana, Tony Paul of the Detroit News writes.
A Q-and-A with Max Bielfeldt from Big Ten Media Day back in October, by Lev Facher of The Michigan Daily.
A look at what went wrong defensively against Minnesota, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.
Yogi Ferrell is writing the final chapter of his story at Indiana, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
The journey to the NFL is keeping former Hoosier quarterback Nate Sudfeld busy, Sam Beishuizen of IUHoosiers.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For the spotlighted Mr. Bielfeldt, MAX with “Streets of Gold.”
A loss at Wisconsin and a narrow win over Minnesota led Indiana to fall in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches poll.
The Hoosiers dropped three spots Monday to No. 22 in the AP poll, while falling four spots to No. 21 in the USA Today rankings. Though it slid in the poll, Indiana remains tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten standings.
The Hoosiers and No. 5 Hawkeyes are among a handful of conference teams included in this week’s AP top 25, joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 18 Purdue.
IU has a pair of games scheduled this week, beginning with Tuesday’s 9 p.m. tip at Michigan. Indiana closes the week at Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m.
You can find both polls listed after the jump: (more…)
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