There wasn’t a lot that went well for the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon. They lost to the Indiana Hoosiers 63-52 at Assembly Hall, due to turnovers, missed shots and missed free throws. It was the Wolverines first conference loss, and they fall to 16-5 (8-1). Indiana improves its record to 14-8, and 4-5 in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines had hit 60 percent of their shots in their previous game against Purdue, but this game Michigan only hit 40 percent. The normally consistent three-point shots were another sore point for Michigan, going 3-13 from behind the arc.
Indiana’s offense didn’t fare much better. It rested solely on the shoulders of sophomore Yogi Ferrell. He hit seven three-pointers and finished with 27 points. Ferrell hit eight field goal attempts out of ten, while the rest of his team went 15 for 33. Noah Vonleh was the only other main contributor, chipping in 10 points and 12 rebounds.
On The Wolverines side of the ball, it was Derrick Walton Jr. and Caris LeVert that kept Michigan in the game. Walton was the primary source of offensive in the first half, scoring eight points. He would end with 13 points and two assists. LeVert took the reigns in the second half; with a couple timely plays to keep the Indiana lead under 10.
Jordan Morgan continued his string of strong performances before half, grabbing nine rebounds. However, Morgan’s play dropped off in the second half, only grabbing one more rebound and missing a couple of key free throws.
Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Nik Stauskas was held to his worst output since the Duke game, only scoring six points and hitting only one attempt from the floor. He was often face-guarded by Ferrell, and the Wolverines had a tough time springing him open for looks.
Glenn Robinson III was also quiet, ending with nine points. He wasn’t aggressive enough as the Wolverines looked for a player to step up.
The Wolverines kept it close in the first half, only trailing by three at the break. The second half was a different story. Michigan was only behind by minor deficits, but it continuously felt like the Hoosiers were on the verge of pulling away.
In the end, the Wolverines just couldn’t hit enough shots and missed some free throws that would have helped propel them to victory.
Michigan is now tied with Michigan State atop the Big Ten standings, and Indiana moves into the logjam of teams that are 4-5 in conference.
The Wolverines look to rebound Wednesday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a team Michigan barely defeated in Lincoln. The game is at the Crisler Center, so Michigan hopes to rebound on its home court.