Saturday, February 1, 2014
Michigan vs. Indiana Breakdown & Prediction
Time: 1PM ET
Venue: Assembly Hall
Records: Michigan 16-4, 8-0 Big Ten; Indiana 13-8, 3-5 Big Ten
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (18.4 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (4.9 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.8 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.3 spg).
Indiana stat leaders: Points – Yogi Ferrell (17.3 ppg); Rebounds – Noah Vonleh (9.3 rpg); Assists – Ferrell (4.0 apg); Steals – Vonleh/Evan Gordon (1.0 spg).
Current Streaks: Michigan W10, Indiana L1
Point Spread: Michigan -2
Prediction: Normally a game like this could be a trap for Michigan. Indiana is desperate for a win and playing at home against a top-10 team. However, I don’t suspect Michigan will take this game lightly. Tom Crean can thank himself for that. Crean took great pride in beating Michigan last season and then decided to get in the face of Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer after the IU win in Ann Arbor. John Beilein isn’t someone to hold a grudge, but don’t think the players have forgotten that. They will want to put a hurting on the Hoosiers on Sunday. Indiana has been struggling offensively as of late, which isn’t good against a team that can score like the Wolverines. Short of Michigan having its worst shooting day of the season, I don’t see how Indiana comes out on top. Michigan will stay unbeaten in the Big Ten. Michigan 72, Indiana 65