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Michigan Opponent Preview: Indiana

How They Are Doing So Far:

Indiana has played a pretty tough schedule so far and have come away with a very respectable 12-2 record. They lost by one point at Arkansas and a couple weeks later fell at Duke 90-69. Meanwhile the Hoosiers picked up quality non-conference wins against Marquette, Louisville and Butler. And, perhaps more importantly, IU is off to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play. The conference slate has been relatively easy thus far with those wins coming against Northwestern, Penn State and Illinois, but the Big Ten grind is going to be brutal and the Hoosiers are off to a great start.

 

Last Time Out:

The Hoosiers picked up their third Big Ten victory on Thursday night against Illinois. Their 73-65 victory was the most convincing conference win after very close calls against both Northwestern and Penn State. Romeo Langford once again led the way, netting 28 points against the Illini. He was, yet again, not prolific from beyond the arc, but Langford used his 6-6 frame to attack the basket very effectively and went to the charity stripe a career high 15 times. Senior forward Juwan Morgan provided the interior scoring, adding 15 points and a game high ten rebounds.

 

Who To Watch:

As the Hoosiers proved against Illinois, Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan can take this team to victory. Langford averages 18.3 points per game, while Morgan adds 16.1. Both are capable outside shooters, but Langford has struggled from beyond the arc early in his collegiate career. Through 14 games he has hit only 11 of his 51 attempts from beyond the arc. That is just 21.6 percent. Langford does a lot of work on the glass too, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. Morgan leads the team in that category with 7.8 per game.

 

Who Else To Watch:

Often times Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan can do enough to win games. But against a team like Michigan, IU will need a third scorer to step up. Coach Archie Miller has options. Justin Smith, Aljami Durham and Devonte Green all average between seven and nine points per game. Smith, a 6-7 forward, has had his best scoring games against inferior opposition. The third scoring option against the Wolverines will likely come from one of the shooters, if it comes at all. Durham has reached double figures five times this year and is averaging 12.0 points over the last three games. Devonte Green made six three-pointers against Central Arkansas a few games ago and is always a decent threat to do it again.

 

Prediction:

Indiana does have some injury concerns that could play a part in the game on Sunday. Zach McRoberts returned against the Illini following an ankle injury. He may still be getting into the swing of things after missing a total of five games earlier this campaign. Rob Phinisee, a tough freshman guard, has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion during the Central Arkansas game. If cleared to play, Phinisee provides the Hoosiers with another much needed outside shooting threat. But it will take a special effort from all the Hoosiers to beat Michigan at Crisler Arena.

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