Saturday, March 8, 2014

Indiana at Michigan Breakdown & Prediction

Indiana at No. 12 Michigan
Time: 6PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center
Records:  Indiana 17-13, 7-10 Big Ten; Michigan 22-7, 14-3
Indiana stat leaders: Points – Yogi Ferrell (17.4 ppg); Rebounds – Noah Vonleh (9.1 rpg); Assists – Ferrell (3.8 apg); Steals – Will Sheehey (1.0 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.3 ppg); Rebounds – Jon Horford (4.6 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.5 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.2 spg).
Current Streaks: Indiana L3, Michigan W4
Point Spread: Michigan -10.5
Prediction: This game should be interesting as Michigan certainly wants to hand a loss to Indiana, who has owned this series the past two seasons, while the Hoosiers need a strong run over the next week to make the NCAA Tournament, starting with a win today. I don’t think Indiana will get that win today, but I do expect this game to be somewhat of a dog fight. I was really impressed with Michigan’s performance at Illinois, but I don’t know that they can repeat that today. The Hoosiers will try to grind this one out and win with defense, because they can’t go in looking to match Michigan shot-for-shot. Ultimately, talent should win out. The Wolverines have more talent and still have a slim chance at making a run at a No. 1 seed should it win out and a few teams fall along the way. Michigan 68, Indiana 61

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