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PHOTOS: Indiana vs. Michigan

Hoosiers snap skid

With what was almost unquestionably it’s most complete performance to date, Indiana ended its six-game losing streak with an 80-61 win over Michigan in front of 17,168 at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers held the Wolverines to jut 15 points in the first half on 5-for-21 shooting and kept them to 36.4 percent for the game. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers shot a season-high 67.4 percent from the field and 70.8 percent in the second half. Junior guard Verdell Jones turned around his fortunes after a series of subpar peformances with 24 points and four assists on 9-for-10 shooting. Sophomore forward Christian Watford came back from a rough outing against Northwestern by posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls had 13 points, knocking down all four of his field goals, including three consecutive second-half 3-pointers that Michigan coach John Beilein referred to as “daggers.”

Michigan guard Darius Morris finished with 22 points and seven assists, but needed 16 field goal attempts to get there. Michigan junior swingman Zack Movak, freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshman forward Jordan Morgan each scored 10 points.

AUDIO: Michigan coach John Beilien discusses the loss

AUDIO: Tom Crean says it started with transition defense

AUDIO: Jordan Hulls discusses his “daggers”

AUDIO: Verdell Jones discusses his rejuvination

AUDIO: Christian Watford talks about getting the message

Wilson says there will likely be designated play-callers

In putting together his coaching staff, Kevin Wilson passed out a lot of titles and split a lot of responsibility.

He has co-defensive coordinators and co-offensive coordinators and a designated assistant head coach. He also has two coaches for both the defensive line and the secondary.

So what makes him think it will work? The personalities of the guys he hired.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of egoes,” Wilson said Saturday after an availability session for his new assistants. “I think everybody checks that at the door. Hopefully it’s going to be a group that works together that’s better collectively than they are individually.”

Still, Wilson said there will be a clear chain of command. He has two co-offensive coordinators in quarterbacks coach Rod Smith and wide receivers coach Kevin Johns, but he said at first he will probably be the one in charge. (more…)

Discuss: Indiana vs. Michigan

IU preparing for Michigan

Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke at length Monday about the teaching points he was finding in the film of Sunday’s game against Northwestern, about all the things that were wrong and all the things that he could fix.

On Friday, during a media availability session for Saturday’s 8 p.m. game with Michigan when the Hoosiers will try to snap their eight-game losing streak , he didn’t elaborate quite as much.

He was asked about the team’s preparation this week.

“We got a good week,” he said. “We’ve had a good week.” (more…)

We’re stuck with Legends and Leaders

The Big Ten announced Friday it is sticking with the Legends and Leaders monikers for the two football divisions through the 2011 football season.

When the conference announced last month the names for the divisions, which became necessary with the addition of Nebraska to create a Big Ten championship game, there was public outcry about how lame the names were. Shortly thereafter, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference would reconsider the names. Evidently, they still are.

According to Big Ten chief communications officer Diane Dietz, the league will spend the 2011 doing market research to see how the names play out.

Indiana, by the way, is in the Leaders division with Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. The Legends division has Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern.


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