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6-foot-6 Krista Phillips got the in-bounds pass and had her point-blank layup roll off the front of the rim as time expired, and Indiana escapes with the victory. Hope Elam ties a career high with 24 points for IU and also grabs 10 rebounds. HOOSIERS 62, WOLVERINES 60

:1.8: IU got the stop and Whitney Lindsay hit 1-of-2 free throws. The ball was deflected out of bounds by IU and Michigan has it under their goal with 1.8 to play. HOOSIERS 62, WOLVERINES 60

:41.6: After Michigan took the lead, Jori Davis scores on a scoop to the hoop to give Indiana the lead back, now Hoosiers need a stop. HOOSIERS 61, WOLVERINES 60

3:24: Michigan took its first lead of the game with 5:32 to play. Reynolds and Elam traded 3s, then Jori Davis was fouled on a 3, making just one free throw to tie the game. Elam was just fouled on a 3 and will have free throws when we return. HOOSIERS 58, WOLVERINES 58

7:25: A 10-0 Michigan run has cut the margin to just one, highlighted by back-to-back 3s by Carmen Reynolds, a 40 percent 3-point shooter on the season. HOOSIERS 54, WOLVERINES 53

11:33: Back-to-back jumpers by Hope Elam got IU going again. Add in a 3 by Jamie Braun and Indiana is back in control for the moment. HOOSIERS 52, WOLVERINES 43

15:58: Michigan gaining some traction to start the second half. Elam already has her third foul, but after Michigan got within 3, Whitney Lindsay hit a big 3-pointer to stem the tide. HOOSIERS 44, WOLVERINES 40

The best shooting half Indiana has had since before Christmas at 44.4 percent, including 5-of-11 on 3-pointers. Michigan is shooting just 36.7 percent, but has hit 9-of-10 free throws to stay close. Hope Elam has 15 points and Jamie Braun 13, while Jori Davis has only two. Jori Davis, Danilsa Andujar and Elam all have two fouls, so that could be something to watch in the second half. HOOSIERS 39, WOLVERINES 34

MLS SuperDraft

Indiana’s Eric Alexander and Ofori Sarkodie were taken in today’s MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia.

Alexander, a midfielder, was a third-round pick, going No. 44 overall to FC Dallas.

Sarkodie, a defender, was a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Wizards, going No. 52 overall.

Hoosier Morning


Indiana forward Derek Elston may play more, but it will have to be in a three-forward lineup. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


11 a.m. online discussion

We’ll be making our way to Ann Arbor for tonight’s game, and chatting from the H-T’s deluxe Toyota Sienna. I know, I know: all Toyota Siennas qualify as deluxe. Ours is just extra special. One of the side doors closes all by itself.

Join us, please (in the chat, not the van; we only have but a few empty seats). Talk to you then.

Zagoria: Echenique to Creighton

Adam Zagoria is reporting on his blog that Rutgers transfer Greg Echenique is heading to Creighton.

This news isn’t all that surprising considering that Echenique visited Creighton as a high school junior at St. Benedict’s Prep. After surgery to repair a detached retina, Echenique was not supposed to fly on planes because the air pressure could cause problems with the eye. That made it difficult to make visits to the other schools he was considering, including Indiana. In addition, there was concern  out there that the eye could be a long-term problem. As much as the Hoosiers could use a physically mature big man as soon as possible, there was that risk involved.

Crean talks lineups for Michigan

Until this week, Tom Crean has mostly vague about his decisions regarding lineups and who he plays when. He’s been a lot more forthcoming about that since Monday, when he said on his radio show that he wanted to get more minutes for freshman forward Derek Elston. In his press conference Wednesday, he talked at length about how Michigan’s four-guard lineup hamstrings him in terms of personnel decisions.

“This is the third of four games we’ll have played in the Big Ten where we really see a four-guard lineup,” Crean said. “The difference with Michigan is its basically four guards and a guy that really is a small forward at the next level in DeShawn Sims. They pose a ton of problems. I want us to get bigger, but what that means is our guys have got to be able to guard the dribble. That’s the one thing that we’re very concerned about going into this game.”

And it’s something that Crean said he’s especially concerned about with Elston.

“He’s not real comfortable guarding the small, quicker, small forward guys yet,” Crean said. “I say all this and I say it knowing that we look down the road, in a year we won’t be having this conversation because his body will be so much different. His speed and quickness will be high-level collegiate. He’s a high-level athlete, but being a high-level collegiate defender, they all go through that. … When you’re going against four guards, at some point in time, you’re going to be in a big switch game. Especially with a team that spaces the floor like Michigan does. That’s not his strong suit yet.”

Crean is apparently spending a lot of thought and energy trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his front line as well. He mentioned freshman center Bobby Capobianco as one player who is stepping up more than most, and talked about sophomore center Tom Pritchard needing to be more aggressive and meet the challenge Capobianco is presenting for playing time.

“It’s real,” Crean said. “Bobby is really improving. … The more guys we can get playing better on the front line, the better we’re going to be. It’s not any competition that I’m creating, it’s real.”

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