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Where was Michigan’s balance against Indiana?

Feb 3, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

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Michigan has nothing to worry about after losing to Indiana on Saturday.

There is no shame in losing at Assembly Hall to this Indiana team. None whatsoever, especially considering that Michigan was able to bounce back after the Hoosiers played the most impressive five minutes we’ve seen this season to open the game.

The Wolverines got hit squarely in the jaw, as the Hoosiers jumped out to leads of 18-7 and 26-11 before Michigan finally woke up.

And they still bounced back. They cut the lead to four at the half on a ridiculous, 25-foot stepback three from Trey Burke. They tied the game early in the second half. There’s something to be said about withstanding, and coming back from, a barrage like that in an environment like that against a team like that.

Trey Burke finished with 25 points and eights assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18. Mitch McGary played as well as he has all season long, finishing with 10 points and seven boards in 28 very active minutes.

But Michigan got almost nothing out of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III. Those two combined to go 4-16 from the floor and 1-5 from three, with the ‘one’ being a triple from Stauskas in the final minute when they game was already decided. As a result, as impressive as the numbers that Burke put up were, they were not quite indicative of how well he played; by the end of the game, he was forcing quite a bit as he was the only player on the Michigan team that was producing.

It’s stating the obvious here, but Michigan cannot win consistently against quality competition without getting anything from those two.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. packhawk04 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Stauskas and robinson had off nights. Very off nights, and they were still right there with indiana at assembly hall. On a nuetral floor with no home officiating, they may have won despite it.

  2. barnesaintnoble - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    People tend to forget Michigan is the youngest team in the top 25. The key contributors were a sophomore PG (best in the nation) with 3 freshman (Robinson, Stauskas and McGary) along with Horford and Hardaway (sophomore and junior, respectively). The normal starting big, Morgan, was out with a sprained ankle. They should fall to 3 or 4. They’ll probably get a number one seed, but because this team will only get better (especially through this upcoming grind, OSU, @Wisc, @MSU in 10 days) the real question is if they’ll get an overall number 1. As a Michigan fan (obviously) I’ll be watching Indiana and Florida very closely.

  3. mgscott - Feb 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Round 2 exit in the tourney

  4. Jeff - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Another story how the other team failed, not that Indiana won and the Hoosiers contained the opposition.

  5. creek0512 - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Michigan lost because they could’t guard Indiana. The only time Michigan looked like the better tram was when Yogi Ferrel and Jordy Hulls were on the bench and Remy Abell was the primary ball handler. Michigan had no answer for Victor Oladipo or Cody Zeller.

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