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Indiana University is going for number 1. In front of a national audience tonight, IU, at the number three spot, beat number one Michigan by nine, with a final score of Indiana 81, Michigan 73.
The Hoosiers took the lead early on against Michigan, commanding the first several minutes of game with four early three-pointers.
At one point IU was scoring 100 percent from the field and leading Michigan by 15. After gaining their composure, Michigan fought back, and despite Cody Zeller getting a huge dunk off an offensive rebound in Indiana's last possession of the first half, Michigan's Trey Burke scored a last-second three-pointer to bring the score within 4.
And early in the second half, it looked like Michigan was back, especially with Trey Burke's efforts, scoring 25 points by the end of the game. Michigan out-defended Indiana and, after a foul on a three-pointer, Wolverine Nik Stauskas made three free throw shots to tie the game at 40.
However, Indiana seemed to already have the momentum, especially with the home crowd roaring to life every time Cody Zeller jammed an offensive rebound back in, which was often. Zeller ended up leading Indiana with 19 points for the game. Michigan fought hard, staying close with Indiana until the end, until the Hoosiers built their lead to a high of 11 into the final minutes of the game.
Even then, Michigan waged a war of attrition against the Hoosiers, sending Indiana to the line several times before they could set up a play, and then responding by running down the court getting a few quick, long three-pointers by Tim Hardaway Jr. and Stauskas. The Hoosiers hit over a dozen free throws in a row in the last half, though, and Michigan finally ran out of time.