No. 2 MI stays unbeaten, beats No

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

Or, you could look at it from the perspective of the Hoosiers attempting to take down one of the best teams in the country.

IN fell to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play.

This game will be hard for the Indiana Hoosiers to keep up in.

"If we play defense like we did (on Thursday), we will have a chance", MI coach John Beilein said. I can go back as many games as we've played, whether it was at home against Central Arkansas or Jacksonville or going all the way back to UC Davis. However, they haven't faced as hard of a matchup since they were blown out by Duke in November.

"That was a big change for us", Miller said. In their 21-point blowout loss to Duke, Indiana nearly matched the point difference with 20 turnovers and in their other loss on the road at Arkansas, Indiana tied their second-highest turnover margin of the 2018-2019 season with 18.

IN will have more depth when center De'Ron Davis, who warmed up Sunday, and guard Rob Phinisee return from injuries. IN will need Devonte Green, Al Durham, and Romeo Langford to protect the basketball and keep the errors to a minimum if they want to contend with Michigan's strong defense.

Jenna Allen led Michigan State (11-3, 1-2) with 15 points.

There are plenty of opportunities for that to change, though, and that starts on Sunday as re-made No. 21 IN hits the road to face the second-ranked Wolverines. Similar to Brazdeikis, Langford is also leading his team in scoring with an average of 18.3 PPG and is second on the team in rebounding with 5.7 RPG.

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The Big Ten has a pretty good match up on its hands this Sunday.

Like Indiana, Michigan has a freshman sensation of its own.

Meanwhile, Michigan finished with 10 bench points on the game.

The Hoosiers failed to get the stops they needed on defense to fight their way back in the game after an early deficit.

Last year, Juwan Morgan was the Hoosier's only glimmer of success in a demoralizing loss to open conference play for in last year.

Despite Michigan's defense dominating the majority of its competition in 2018, the lasting memory of it could actually wind up being the way it fell apart in the team's final two games against Ohio State and Florida.

Indiana: Langford and Morgan have to learn how to avoid getting into foul trouble due to their value to the team. They will need more from him if they expect to continue to stay undefeated. "IN will be calling on the 6'9" senior to step up in their second toughest game of the year and with his playmaking ability and nose for the ball, a double-double is nearly expected.

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