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Indiana Knocks Off #1 Michigan and Looks Like the Team to Beat in the NCAA

February 3rd, 2013 at 10:33 AM
By Evan Reller

It was the game of the year, and it did not disappoint. At least not for the Hoosier faithful. 

Indiana rode an extremely hot start all through out the game and never trailed Michigan en route to the 81-73 win. 

IU (20-2, 8-1) is now in first place in the Big Ten and will more than likely retake the No. 1 spot in the polls, especially with No. 2 Kansas losing at home. 

Yogi Ferrell got it going for the Hoosiers early, hitting back to back three-pointers and dishing out big-time assists. IU jumped out to an 11 point lead as the Hoosiers connected on their first six field goal attempts. Ferrell gave the Hoosiers 15 points and five assists. 

The offense slowed down later in the first half as Ferrell had to sit on the bench with foul trouble. No one else was able to effectively guard Trey Burke as well as Ferrell did.

The Hoosiers were led by Cody Zeller, who recorded yet another double-double this and seemed to dunk every rebound he got his hand on throughout the game. Zeller finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and a pair blocked shots. The sophomore was also extremely efficient as he connected on 8-of-10 shots.

Christian Watford also recorded a double-double for IU. Watford had 14 points and 10 rebounds for IU. 

Victor Oladipo ended the game with 15 points and two steals. It was perhaps what he didn't do that was most disappointing. Late in the second half, with IU up just four, Oladipo missed an ally-oop dunk that would have torn apart Assembly Hall. He would have had the number one play on Sports Center's Top 10 for weeks. 

All five starters for IU had 11 or more points. The bench combined for just eight points (compared to Michigan's 14). Freshman Jeremy Hollowell came off the bench and had his best game as a Hoosier. Hollowell had four points, an assist, four rebounds, and three blocks.

Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers can win games at the free throw line. The Hoosiers held a 25-7 free throw attempt advantage over Michigan. Indiana also out rebounded Michigan 36-22. 

Indiana started the season as the #1 team in the nation, and this victory might just get them back to their former #1 ranked status.

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Tags: Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Indiana, Indiana Hoosiers, Jeremy Hollowell, Michigan, NCAA, Trey Burke, Victor Oladipo, Yogi Ferrell

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