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Up next for Indiana: Today vs. Michigan

Hoosiers look to bounce back

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Up next for Indiana: Today vs. Michigan

When: 1 p.m.

Where: Assembly Hall

On the air: CBS

Records: Indiana (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten), Michigan (16-4, 8-0)

Expected starters for the Hoosiers: Will Sheehey – 6-7 senior forward, Noah Vonleh – 6-10 freshman forward, Yogi Ferrell -- 6-foot sophomore guard, Evan Gordon – 6-foot senior guard, Stanford Robinson --.6-4 freshman guard

Update: Indiana has lost three of its last four games and fans are irate about the player substitution pattern. Is there a connection? IU basically played eight guys against Illinois and won. It played 13 against Nebraska and lost. Granted, those games required different approaches and had different game plans, but barring foul trouble, Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey and Noah Vonleh should each play 30-plus minutes. Indiana's offense remains painfully inefficient. It ranks 183rd nationally in offensive efficiency and 10th in the Big Ten. It commits turnovers on 22 percent of its possessions, easily the worst in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers remain a one-player three-point threat with Yogi Ferrell making 41 percent of his threes. The other guards really struggle, with freshmen Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson a combined 4-for-30 on three-pointers. Big Ten-leader Michigan will arrive in Bloomington as the Big Ten's hottest team with a 10-game winning streak. However, the Wolverines have won only twice at Assembly Hall since 1988, and that was in overtime in 2009. They are just 12-60 at IU overall. Michigan is led by Nik Stauskas, who ranks among America's most improved players. Glenn Robinson and Caris Levert are double-figure scoring threats, and freshman point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is playing well beyond his years (see his 16.5-point average in the last two games).

Coach Tom Crean: “Michigan moves the ball extremely well on offense. Their sprint game off their rolls is incredible. And everybody they put on the floor can shoot threes or get to the rim. That's what makes them so good. They get a lot of recognition, and rightfully so, for how well they shoot, but they do a great job of getting to the basket. They're very much like Wisconsin. They don't put anybody out there who can't score or can't shoot.

"This is a high-powered offensive machine, a tremendous help defensive team. They've got very good 1 on 1 defenders. You see the experience of their front line. You can't stand around. You've got to be in movement. They're an incredible challenge."

pdiprimio@news-sentinel.com


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