Big Ten foes meet in Bloomington
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Long-time rivals will meet in Bloomington
this afternoon, as 23rd-ranked Indiana and Michigan collide in a Big Ten
Michigan carried a two-game win streak into Wednesday’s clash with
Wisconsin, the top team in the league, and the result was a 71-55 setback.
Still, the Wolverines are 16-5 overall and 4-2 in league play, and a
win today would allow the club to inch closer to a spot in the national
Like Michigan, Indiana is 4-2 against Big Ten opponents and has only lost
five games all season. One of those defeats came on Tuesday, as the
Hoosiers had a five-game win streak halted with a 51-43 setback to
Illinois. The 43 points marked the worst offensive output of the season
for Indiana, which is a perfect 10-0 at home heading into today’s clash.
The Hoosiers own a 96-51 lead in the all-time series with Michigan, and
the Hoosiers have won the last 10 meetings.
Michigan is not an explosive offensive team by any means, as the club is
only averaging 66.8 ppg this season. Fortunately, the Wolverines have
been outstanding at the defensive end of the floor, as they are limiting
opponents to 58.0 ppg on 39.3 percent shooting from the field. Michigan is
outrebounding foes by 7.3 rpg, and the positives mentioned have enabled the
club to overcome an average of 15 turnovers per contest. Dion Harris is the
leading scorer for the Wolverines, as he is netting 13.2 ppg despite his
inconsistent shooting. Harris is also tops with 88 assists and 26 steals.
Courtney Sims is scoring 12.1 ppg, and Lester Abram checks in with 9.6
ppg. In the 13-point loss to Wisconsin earlier this week, Sims scored 16
points to lead Michigan, but he was responsible for seven of the team’s 19
giveaways. Abram tallied 10 points for the Wolverines, who permitted the
Badgers to connect on 54.2 percent of their field goal attempts.
Indiana is scoring 72.2 ppg this season while limiting opponents to 60.2 ppg
on 40.7 percent shooting from the floor. The Hoosiers have committed 50
fewer turnovers than their foes, but they have attempted 76 fewer free
throws. D.J. White is the leading scorer for Indiana with 14.2 ppg, and he is
tops with 7.3 rpg and 46 blocks as well. The only other double-digit scorer
in the lineup is Roderick Wilmont, as he is posting 11.3 ppg. On Tuesday,
the Hoosiers shot a lowly 38.6 percent from the floor, including 5-of-17
from three-point range. They were also outscored 13-4 from the foul line by
Illinois, and those factors led to the eight-point setback. White scored
12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but he got little help from his
mediocre supporting cast.