Tim Hardaway Jr.
March 10, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Crisler Center)
Score: #2 Indiana 72, #7 Michigan 71
Records: U-M (25-6, 12-6 Big Ten), Indiana (26-5, 14-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 14 -- vs. Penn State in Big Ten Tournament First Round (Chicago, Ill.), approx. 1:30 p.m. CDT (TV: BTN)
Postgame Feature: Michigan Seniors Grateful for Fan Support
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) had a share of the Big Ten regular-season title in its grasp Sunday afternoon (March 10), but Indiana (No. 2 AP, No. 2 ESPN/USA Today) scored the game's final six points to escape Crisler Center with a 72-71 victory and sole possession of the Big Ten championship.
Trailing by one point with just seconds to play in the game, sophomore guard Trey Burke's (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) shot missed and senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan's (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) subsequent offensive rebound and put-back rolled around the rim but fell out.
The game, which featured 14 lead changes, spoiled Senior Night and Michigan's perfect home record this season.
Four players finished in double-digit scoring for the Wolverines. Burke scored a team-high 20 points, freshmen guards Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) finished with 11. Morgan also chipped in eight points and eight rebounds in the loss.
After losing the lead halfway through the second stanza, Burke's fourth triple of the game brought the Maize and Blue within one. Three and half minutes later, Burke hit his fifth three to help U-M regain the advantage, 64-62, at the 4:18 mark. Indiana tied it up before a put-back by Morgan and basket by Hardaway gave Michigan a four-point lead with a minute on the clock, forcing IU to foul. Robinson made one from the free throw line but came up empty the rest of the way as the Hoosiers scored six straight points to gain a one-point lead with 13 seconds left.
Trailing 10-3 almost five minutes into the game, Hardaway blocked Indiana guard Victor Oladipo's shot and Burke found Morgan for a fastbreak slam on the other end, starting a 12-0 U-M run. After Burke found Robinson for an alley-oop on Michigan's next possession, Stauskas scored the next eight points, including back-to-back triples, to push the Wolverine's advantage to 15-10 at the 11:39 mark.
With five minutes to play in the half, Burke nailed a triple to give U-M the double-digit lead, 27-16, but then the Hoosiers scored five straight points to cut their deficit to six. An Indiana basket and free throw down the stretch brought the Maize and Blue's edge down to three (33-30) at the half.
Michigan twice extended its lead to six points out of the break, but IU scored back-to-back three pointers to gain a 48-46 edge eight minutes into the second half. Burke nailed a triple of his own to put U-M back up one, but the Hoosiers outscored the Wolverines by six to take the 58-54 lead with 8:16 to play in the game.
U-M shot 27-of-65 (42 percent) from the floor in the game, including 10-of-22 (46 percent) from behind the arc, and Indian finished 30-of-70 (43 percent) from the field and 7-of-16 (44 percent) from three-point range. Michigan converted 19 points of Indiana's 14 turnovers in the game but was outrebounded 53-30, and IU managed 17 second-chance points off its 24 offensive rebounds.
The Wolverines have secured the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament (March 14-17) at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. U-M will open play on Thursday (March 14) at 1:30 p.m. CDT against Penn State. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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