Wolverines ride fast start to victory over Indiana
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Having gone more than a month since playing a ranked opponent, Michigan once again showed that it saves its best performances for when the spotlight is brightest. Taking on a 12-2 Indiana squad on Sunday, the Wolverines stormed out of the gate in the first half, claiming a 74-63 victory.

It took less than six minutes of play for the Maize and Blue to establish a double-digit advantage, leading by as many as 19 points in the first half.

The Hoosiers made a couple pushes to get back within as few as seven points, but never managed to challenge for the lead, despite Michigan’s long-range game going cold.

In a contest influenced heavily by foul trouble, both squads felt the pressure. Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford each picked up two fouls for Indiana in the first four minutes, while the Wolverines were saddled with multiple players at the same spot drawing the refs’ attention.

Michigan came into the game needing more from true freshman Brandon Johns Jr., due to Isaiah Livers missing his second straight game with back spasms, but couldn’t have anticipated just how significant a role he would end up playing. Jon Teske and Austin Davis each struggled with in foul trouble throughout, forcing Johns to see a career high 13 minutes of action. He made the most of the opportunity though, scoring eight points and pulling down eight rebounds.

Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews both had strong showings, each scoring 18 points, while Zavier Simpson scored 12 and Iggy Brazdeikis added 10.

Improving to 15-0 on the season, the Wolverines will be heavily favored in their next showing, an 8 p.m. eastern matchup at Illinois on Thursday, televised on FS1. The Fighting Illini are winless in conference play, sitting at 4-11 on the season. Seven of Illinois’ losses were by single-digit margins, including games against Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Indiana.

 
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