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IN coach Tom Crean accidentally tackled by Michigan's Moritz Wagner

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Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2017, 08:19

In the opening moments of the first half, MI (16-9, Big Ten 6-6) took a swift 5-0 lead, as IN (15-11, Big Ten 5-8) worked its way back.

IU has now lost five of its last six games with the only win coming in triple overtime against Penn State.

Michigan's offense experienced a few classic road woes - the Wolverines were stuck on 35 points from 3:25 to play in the first half to 15:43 to play in the second - but in the end they managed 1.17 points per possession, a hair above their conference-leading average.

After Michigan's 30-point blowout win against IN in January, many expected Michigan to pick up another victory IN their second meeting.

All five MI starters scored in double figures in that game (as did Duncan Robinson off the bench) with Derrick Walton Jr. leading the team with 21 points on 7-8 shooting.

On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines and Indiana Hoosiers clashed in an imperative Big Ten battle that would help determine their NCAA tournament aspirations. If the Wolverines can continue to work together, expect more Big Ten victories in their future.

The Marion, Indiana native is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.3 ppg) and first for 3-point field goals made.

Junior guard Robert Johnson, one of two IU players to answer questions postgame, wasn't about to give up on the season.

"We couldn't have defended a lot worse than we did, " Crean said. Before that, a game at home with Wisconsin. All of those teams are in the KenPom top-70 with the exception of No. 71 Iowa. Freshman forward De'Ron Davis - who took a shot to the face with just over 12 minutes to play against Purdue, was taken to the locker room and did not return - appears to be available Sunday.

"So I don't want to be in a panic, but we've got to continue to figure out those shots". Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner also contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, manufacturing a double-double in the win. It's just what I do and I know my teammates appreciate it. "I can't jump ahead, unfortunately".

MI needs to collect as many wins as possible down the stretch if they hope to be selected into the NCAA Tournament's field of 68 come selection Sunday. I'm not sure it was the MI defense.

"I just think at the end of the day we just have to all come together in whatever it takes", Johnson said.

"Maybe it is. I have to watch the film".

There's too much dribbling on top, not enough post feeds and too many late-in-the-shot-clock 3-point attempts. We didn't make enough jump shots the other night. You play against your in-state rival and you get a chance to win, especially on their court.

"So not a great performance by any stretch".

"Our maturity's gotta raise", added Crean.

Crean said his team being so static when getting into its offensive sets and the lack of leadership were two main reasons for the turnover problems Sunday. "But that's got to change". Crean said. "And so all of a sudden we get it in, and we stand like we've never played basketball before rather than cut, space, fill, go cut, fill in behind it, get a crown on the backside, the things that we do".

"I know a lot of you have fun with those signs, and that's fine". "A lot of it is not hitting guys on time and on target with passes. Hope I get credit for that".

On its next possession, MI got a 3-pointer by Duncan Robinson, and the lead was back to nine, 44-35. One thing I've learned in nine years, it all falls on me.