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Michigan hits lead, falls to Indiana in Big Basketball Championship

Michigan hits lead, falls to Indiana in Big Basketball Championship

Indianapolis – Michigan looked like it was on track to advance to the Big Ten quarterfinals.

The Wolverines had a 17-point lead over the ninth-seeded Hoosiers with less than 13 minutes to play. They were in complete control and looked like they were about to turn their second round match into a blast. At least, that was until it all fell apart completely.

Extravagant turnovers and a cold attack ruled eighth-seeded Michigan as it collapsed in a 74-69 loss to Indiana on Thursday at Ginbridge Fieldhouse, where coach Joanne Howard He returned to the sidelines after being suspended for five games.

“We feel like we had this game,” said transfer guard Devante Jones, who finished the team with 18 points. “We let it slip away.”

Box points: Indiana 74, Michigan 69

Michigan (17-14) had a chance to boost its NCAA championship status and make Selection Sunday less stressful. Instead, the Wolverines blew up and exploded. They were outdone 31-9 over the last 12 minutes as they missed 15 of 17 shots and made eight polls, including one with 10 seconds left when it was a two-point match.

The tide began to turn when Xavier Johnson buried a triple pointer to start an unanswered nine-point streak before 11:02 to play. While stretching, the Wolverines’ shot was blocked at the edge and the ball flipped twice, with both swings leading to baskets by Trayce Jackson-Davis cutting the lead to eight.

After year five senior guard Eli Brooks (17 points) paused the bleeding with two free throws to become a 10-point match, everything continued to shrink. Coups and missed shots piled up. The crime was dismantled. Hunter Dickinson, who scored 13 of his 15 first-half points, rarely touched the ball.

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“They came out for being physically out of us. Jones, who made three turns in two minutes, said.” “In defense, there were many breakdowns that hurt us, as well as in attack.

“I take a lot of the blame for the transformations I’ve had, and for a lot of expensive transformations I don’t usually do. I put that on myself.”

Indiana (19-12) scored 11 straight points as Jackson-Davis asserted himself. Scored in a fastball after a Jones spin. He threw a hit with both hands from Loeb’s pass. He made two free throws to put Indiana ahead, 63-62, with 5:39 remaining.

Brooks made two free throws to briefly bring Michigan back to the front, but it was short-lived. Johnson responded with two free throws to regain the lead and Jackson-Davis continued to wreak havoc with two more baskets near the edge to give Indiana a 71-64 advantage.

The Wolverines still had a last-minute shot. After Jones cut an 11-minute goal drought with a sprinter, Brooks drained 3-pointers to make it 71-69 with 44 seconds left. Michigan got the defensive pause it needed after possession, but new forward Moussa Diabate’s pass went too far from Brooks’ hand and ran out of bounds 10 seconds from the end.

“The game has changed because of their aggressiveness,” Howard said. “They came out early in the second half, which we talked about in the first half, and they know and expect this team isn’t going to quit. But second, be more aggressive, whether they’re trying to score in the paint, or we’ve talked about eliminating the drive, or they’re They try to fire open shots, and we talked about running every shot without contamination.

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“I thought sometimes we weren’t aggressive enough to defend as we could have taken some of those easy buckets by (Jackson Davis). And in the second half, our turnarounds, every time we turned the ball over, had chances to score that.”

Jackson-Davis scored 19 points out of 24 in the second half and Johnson finished with 17 points for Indiana, which fired 55.6% from the field after the break (15 to 27). The win cut short a nine-game losing streak against Michigan and was the Hoosiers’ first win in the series since February 2, 2016.

“It was a total team effort, and this team hasn’t quit all year,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson said. “We’ve been very competitive over the course of this season. A lot of the games we lost, we didn’t get rewarded for that. I felt in the first half we still had a chance to win the match. And those guys went out and played and played and played again in the game and they managed to take it out” .

Behind the strong starts of Dickinson and Jones, Michigan jumped all over Indiana early. After Diabatti had a defensive rebound and went from coast to coast to dunk with one hand, Dickinson scored seven consecutive points, including 3 pointers from the wing, during a 17-3 rebound.

When Jones capped with 11 unanswered points by slipping into the paint, grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring in a rebound, Michigan maintained a 21-10 lead with 8:48 left in the first half.

Outside of two early 3-shot sets from Johnson, not much went right for Indiana during the first 20 minutes. The Hoosiers missed 12 of their first 16 shots, including four looks from Jackson-Davis. Even after Dickinson had a technical foul at 5:18 for barking at an official that a hook-volley had been fouled and sitting the rest of the half, the Hoosiers couldn’t capitalize.

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Instead, the Wolverines used a series of free throws One coming after Woodson received a technical foul for arguing with the op To push the lead to 15 before taking advantage of the 41-28 advantage at the end of the first half.

Michigan continued to expand the lead in the second half. New striker Caleb Hustan buried three three-pointers in the span of four minutes and found Dickinson Brooks to throw the ball to put Michigan ahead, 60-43, with 12:52 left.

From that point on, things went sideways and the Wolverines put themselves in a position where all they could do was wait and wonder about the fate of their NCAA Championship.

“It starts with me. I take full responsibility. It’s emotionally fired up,” said Howard, who called the week’s ups and downs — from his reinstatement on Monday to Thursday’s result.

“I’m going to watch a movie and there will be a lot of moments where I’m having a lot of turmoil in my sleep because I’m going to run every play about how I could have done better and what I could have done better to secure that victory for us.”


Twitter: @jamesbhawkins

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