Indiana at Michigan
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Indiana hopes to have freshman standout Noah Vonleh back on the floor when it attempts to complete a season sweep of No. 12 Michigan on Saturday. The host Hoosiers have been without Vonleh – who averages 11.6 points and 9.1 rebounds – for the past two games due to foot soreness and would like to build some momentum heading into next week’s Big Ten tournament. The Wolverines have clinched the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the tourney and have won four straight games.
Michigan tied a school mark with 16 3-pointers while rolling to an 84-53 road win over Illinois on Tuesday. Guard Nik Stauskas knocked down a career-best seven 3-pointers as part of a 24-point outing as the Wolverines wrapped up their first regular-season title since the 1985-86 campaign. Indiana suffered a 70-60 home loss to Nebraska on Wednesday, continuing a tough season for a program tied for seventh in the Big Ten.
6 p.m. ET, ESPN
ABOUT INDIANA (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten):
The Hoosiers know their only chance to reach the NCAA Tournament is to win the Big Ten tourney and senior forward Will Sheehey is ready to demand top effort the rest of the way. “We got to make sure we just go down swinging,” said Sheehey, who is third on the squad with an 11.2 average. “We’ve got to come out and play like we know we can, defensively and offensively. We still have a shot at this thing.” Guard Yogi Ferrell averages a team-best 17.4 points and has reached double digits in 28 of 30 games.ABOUT MICHIGAN (22-7, 14-3):
Stauskas averages 17.3 points and has made a team-high 70 3-pointers and has scored in double digits in eight consecutive games, including a 21.3 average over the last four outings. One of his toughest contests of the season came in the 63-52 loss to Indiana on Feb. 2 when he had just six points on 1-of-6 shooting. Guard Caris LeVert chips in 13.4 points per game while forward Glenn Robinson III averages 13 for a team that scores 75.2 per outing.TIP-INS
1. Indiana has won three consecutive meetings and four of the past five.
2. LeVert has scored in double digits in 10 of the past 11 games.
3. Hoosiers F Troy Williams scored 18 points against Nebraska, the second-highest effort of his freshman campaign.PREDICTION:
Michigan 74, Indiana 60
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