Friday, February 1, 2013
Michigan at Indiana Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 9 p.m.
Venue: Assembly Hall
Records: Michigan 20-1, 7-1 Big Ten; Indiana 19-2, 7-1
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Trey Burke (17.9 ppg); Rebounds – Mitch McGary (6.0 rpg); Assists – Burke (7.1 apg); Steals – Burke (1.4 spg).
Indiana stat leaders: Points – Cody Zeller (16.1 ppg); Rebounds – Zeller (8.2 rpg); Assists – Kevin Ferrell (4.5 apg); Steals – Victor Oladipo (2.5 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W4, Indiana W4
Point Spread: Indiana -4.5
Prediction: This game certainly has that “big game” feel to it, well before it even tips off. Indiana has looked suspect at home recently and I think Michigan has the scoring to be able to keep pace with the Hoosiers. With this game being in Bloomington, I expect the Hoosiers to control the pace, but if Michigan can shoot well, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The key for Michigan to win is making a commitment on defense and not allowing Indiana to get too many easy transition points. On paper, I believe Michigan is the better team. However, I think Indiana will find a way to squeak this one out. Something tells me that Michigan isn’t quite ready to get that marquee road win just yet, but this game will certainly be a learning experience for them. I won’t at all be surprised if Michigan wins, but I have to go with my gut and take the Hoosiers at home. Indiana 81, Michigan 80