Game Preview: Michigan vs. Indiana

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John Beilein and company are looking for any glimmer of hope at this point. The tough mentality instilled in Beilein won’t allow his squad to quit on the season, despite all the mounting circumstances. The Wolverines suffered a crushing blow on Thursday as they got manhandled by the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 72-54 loss. The last blowout loss was to Arizona earlier in the year. Though there were many concerns, Michigan did a good job moving on from that. Now they have to show their resiliency yet again. The Wolverines are facing a huge task today as they will be going up against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall.

At A Glance

MICHIGAN

INDIANA

RECORD

13-10 (6-5)

16-7 (6-4)

PPG

64.1

80.2

OPP PPG

62.3

72.9

FG%

41.50%

47.90%

T/O PG

9.9

11.7

3FG Tendency

41.8

38

Rebounds PG

34.3

39.5

Effective FG%

48.90%

55.70%

Streak

L2

L1

 

 

Team Leaders

MICHIGAN

INDIANA

PPG

Caris LeVert 14.9

James Blackmon Jr. 16.5

REBOUNDS

Caris LeVert 4.9

Troy Williams 6.3

ASSISTS

Caris LeVert 3.7

Yogi Ferrell 4.7

 

This team is confusing and inconsistent, but that’s rather normal for a team riddled with freshmen. They had a great shot of beating a much superior team in Wisconsin when they forced overtime. They went up to Breslin, for the first time for many on the roster, and hung tough with MSU. Then they came home to a very beatable Iowa team and got ran out of the building. It seems like sometimes the team shows up and sometimes they don’t.

Going into this Indiana game, Michigan is struggling. They’re coming off two losses and are looking for answers as the freshmen are carrying the heavy load. The major problem with this team is that the guy that leads all the stats, Caris LeVert, is out for the year.

If they thought playing in Breslin was tough, wait until they get into Assembly Hall. Michigan has notoriously struggled in that building, as they’ve only won twice since 1989. Michigan had another scoring drought in their last game, which is a continuing trend in all their losses. This offense continues to be unrecognizable to last year’s. If Michigan has a prayer at winning today, everyone must pull their own weight. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman will have to keep up his aggression. Aubrey Dawkins will have to continue his contribution, as well. Max Biefeldt has been playing well as of late, but it’d be nice to see the freshmen big men assist him today.

The Hoosiers are great offensively and are a really balanced team. As if they weren’t tough enough, their leading scorer James Blackmon Jr. will be back on the court after missing the Wisconsin game with an ankle injury. There is no big size advantage for either team and both are guard heavy systems, so this will be an interesting match-up. Michigan has had to battle all season and they will face another┬ábig obstacle today.

 

Fatima Harajli