On senior day, Michigan basketball finally got the Indiana monkey off their back with an 84-80 win. The Hoosiers had tripped up the Wolverines in their last three meetings, but not tonight. A double-double from their lone senior, Jordan Morgan, along with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch was enough to get John Beilein’s team the win.
Michigan had lost their last two senior day games, including last year’s heartbreaker against Indiana, but a special feeling was in the air at Crisler Center tonight.
Michigan made all of their free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Overall they shot 26-29 from the line to make sure there wouldn’t be a need for any last second heroics in this one.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Jordan Morgan led the entire arena in the singing of “Hail to the Victors” before hoisting the team’s Big Ten championship trophy.
The win bumps Michigan’s final record to 23-7, 15-3 while the loss for Indiana likely sends them packing to the NIT tourney with a 17-14, 7-11 record.
- Jordan Morgan notched the 5th double-double of his career, but the first of his senior season, with 15 points and 10 boards. He also scored the first six points of the game to let it be known that he was leaving Ann Arbor in grand fashion.
- Glenn Robinson III – Perhaps the shot of the game came after Indiana had rallied from a 73-64 deficit to tie the game at 75 apiece. Robinson found himself open in the corner and drilled his first three ball of the game to put Michigan up for good. Robinson finished with 20 points, two rebounds, and two assists.
- Nik Stauskas – #11 dropped a game-high 21 points on 6-13 shooting and 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
What It Means
A win tonight pushes Michigan into a Friday start in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, an event they have rarely performed well in. This team has all of the momentum they could ever want at this point in the season. They clearly believe in one another and have exhibited a high degree of chemistry rarely seen in college hoops these days.
To roll through the Big Ten slate and only take three losses is extremely impressive, and regardless of what they do in the Big Ten Tourney, this fact won’t be lost on the NCAA selection committee. A 3-seed seems to be a lock with the upside of a 2-seed.
- Michigan is 45-4 at home over the past three seasons.
- The Wolverines turned the ball over just six times to 15 for the Hoosiers.
- Indiana shot an insane 29-49 from the field (59.2%) while the Wolverines shot it at a 48.2% mark (27-56). The turnovers were Indiana’s ultimate undoing.
- Caris LeVert joined Stauskas, Robinson, and Morgan in double-digits with 13 points.
- Will Sheehey led four Hoosiers in double figures with 17. Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell each had 16 while Stanford Robinson dropped 13.
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