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Indiana is poised to end its regular season against Michigan here in about 25 minutes.
Everyone's favorite ginger wasn't able to make it, but he'll be tweeting/chatting/writing and I'm here and sitting about five feet from part of Michigan's student section. It filled with a bunch of loud Wolverine fans wearing that painful neon-maize you see on TV.
Stick with us as we talk about this game...it's shaping up to be a fun one.
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Michigan's doing its Senior Day ceremony prior to today's game, unlike IU. No speeches, so maybe a little less dramatic an ending for these seniors.
Speaking of these Michigan seniors, longtime Michigan benchwarmer Corey Person is from my hometown and I once played with him at a basketball camp years ago. Super nice dude. Not that any of you care, but that's what I've got at this point.
Starters for Indiana: Ferrell, Hulls, Oladipo, Watford and Zeller.
For Michigan: Burke, Stauskas, Hardaway Jr., Robinson III, Morgan
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IU starters are getting announced at the moment. Interestingly, instead of booing during the introductions, Michigan students are chanting "Go Blue." Nothing negative, at least from what I can tell.
Hulls starts with a three, but then Zeller leaves two points at the rim. Gotta make bunnies.
Zeller drove past Morgan on IU's second possession and had a fairly open layup, which he left way short. On IU's next possession, he tried a turnaround jumper and missed. He looks like he's still struggling to finish inside at times, especially early.
Michigan cold from the floor early. Indiana's missed two around the rim, but Oladipo got a third.
You can hear the noise through the TV when IU scores.
Hulls is really quite good at making charges for himself.
Under-16 timeout and the pace is blistering. Indiana has missed a couple of good looks, but overall, the Hoosiers have their offense humming. Michigan is missing jump shots both open and contested, and Victor Oladipo already has four boards.
At second blush, I think that was a block. Foot still sliding. But Hulls has a reputation too.
IU left a bunch of points on the court to start, but that's still the beginning of the game that IU was looking for, I have to imagine. IU is up 10-3 at the first media timeout.
Michigan now surging, as Indiana is losing its poise. Hoosiers again crippling themselves with dumb turnovers, overpenetration.
7-0 run for Michigan, Indiana's offense stale again.
McGary to the bench with two fouls.
At the under-12, Michigan is on a 12-0 run (Nik Stauskas is on an 8-0 run himself) and leads 15-10. IU has gone ice cold from the floor and is struggling to get clean looks inside.
Interesting to see Hanner Perea enter the game so early tonight, also.
Perea is still out there after the timeout, along with Ferrell, Oladipo, Watford and Sheehey.
Oladipo trying to do everything himself on his first two possessions back into the game. He was lucky not to have the ball stolen as he drove into the lane for the second time, then missed a long three-pointer. He's taken all three of IU's shots since the under-12 timeout.
Next Michigan foul will put Indiana in the bonus.
Indiana down 20-16 at the under-8 timeout. There's a noticeable imbalance to IU's rotations at the moment. Outside of the starting five, no one has looked like scoring since Sheehey's shooting performance in the Iowa game, and a lot of the younger bench players are struggling with poise.
It gets pointed out a lot with Zeller, but Indiana has a team can be quite weak around the rim sometimes.
It's now a 24-6 Michigan run since Indiana was up 10-3. Hoosiers look lost, confused and punchdrunk.
It didn't look like anybody wanted to take a shot on IU's last possession. Watford had a chance, Ferrell had one and eventually Sheehey took a shot after waiting for a second. This is as disorganized on offense as I can remember for a long time.
Indiana has at least stemmed the bleeding, thanks to a Zeller two and a Watford three. At the moment, though, they're still struggling with rebounding and the offense still doesn't look fluid. Also still wonder about fatigue in some legs.
29-23 at the last media timeout.
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