March 8, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #12 Michigan 84, Indiana 80
Records: U-M (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten), IU (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 14 -- Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals (Indianapolis, Ind.), Noon
Postgame Feature: Michigan Celebrates Big Ten Championship on Senior Night
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Big Ten champion University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 12 AP, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) closed out the regular season with an 84-80 win over Indiana on Saturday evening (March 8) at the Crisler Center. The Maize and Blue were led by graduate student Jordan Morgan's (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) first double-double of the season and fifth of his career on Senior Night, plus three other players in double-figure scoring. With tonight's win, the Wolverines have beaten each team in the Big Ten Conference during the regular-season campaign.
As a part of Michigan's Senior Night, Morgan was honored in a pre-game ceremony at center court. Once the game started, he hit two early jumpers and added a layup to score each of Michigan's first six points in the contest. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, matching season-best marks in points, rebounds, steals (two) and field goals (seven).
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored a game-high 21 points, while classmate Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) scored 20 of his own; both players were 6-for-13 from the field and added a pair of boards and a pair of assists each in the win. Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) was the final Wolverine in double figures, adding 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Maize and Blue faced a six-point deficit to start the second half thanks in part to the Hoosiers converting on 11 of their first 12 field goal attempts. Coming out of the locker room, U-M hit seven of its first eight shots and regained the lead after Stauskas was fouled shooting a three-pointer and sank all three free throws to give the Wolverines a three-point advantage (53-50, 15:12).
U-M used an 8-0 run over a span of 2:24, capped off by a pair of LeVert free throws, to extend its lead to nine (67-58, 7:12) before fending off a final push from the Hoosiers. The game was tied as late as 1:09, until Robinson hit a dagger three-pointer from the corner at that mark and then pulled down a defensive board on the other end.
The Wolverines were perfect on their last 14 attempts from the charity stripe during the final 7:12 of the contest and shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56) from the floor and converted on a season-best 26-of-29 free throw attempts in the regular-season finale. Indiana shot 59 percent (29-for-49) from the floor, including 39 percent (7-for-18) from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines will play next in the Big Ten Tournament to be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The tournament begins Thursday (March 13), but as the top seed, U-M will play the winner of game one on Friday (March 14). Tipoff is set for noon, and the game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. [ Full Tournament Bracket ]
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