Indiana vs. Michigan - Postgame Notes
Jan. 15, 2011
Indiana held Michigan to 15 points in the first half, the fewest points IU has allowed in a half this season and the fewest for the Wolverines in a half this year. The last time the Hoosiers held an opponent to 15 points in a half came against Purdue on Jan. 31, 2002. Indiana entered the locker room with a 34-15 advantage.
The Hoosiers limited the Wolverines to just 23.8 percent from the floor on 5-of-21 shooting. It is the lowest percentage by a Hoosier defense since Bryant shot 22.2 percent in the first half on Dec. 29, 2009.
Michigan shot 36.4 percent (20-of-55) for the game, the lowest percentage for an opponent in Head Coach Tom Crean's three seasons at Indiana.
IU shot 67.4 percent on the evening, its highest total since hitting at a 70.2 clip vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 24, 2001. Indiana hit a blistering 70.8 percent in the second half, the first time a Hoosier team has hit 70 percent in a half since Nov. 26, 2008 vs. Chaminade (70.4 in the first half). The Hoosiers have recorded over 60 percent in a half eight times this season.
Indiana picked up its 100th win in the all-time series against Michigan. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series, 100-54. IU has now won 13 of its last 14 games against Michigan in Bloomington.
In the first half, Indiana was 12-of-19 (62.5 percent) from the floor but had six offensive rebounds. IU held a 17-6 edge on the glass overall in the opening stanza and a 37-18 advantage in the ballgame. The 19-rebound margin is tied for the Hoosiers' second-largest margin this year.
Indiana recorded the first eight rebounds of the game.
* The Hoosiers reached 80 percent from the free throw line for the third straight game, hitting 16-of-20 (80.0 percent), including all 10 in the final 2:18. IU made 10-of-12 free throws at Minnesota and 21-of-25 against Northwestern for a combined 47-of-57 (82.5 percent) over the last three games. * IU held a 28-20 edge in the paint, a 10-8 advantage in second-chance points and a 16-6 edge in bench points. The Hoosiers started guards Jordan Hulls, Jeremiah Rivers and Verdell Jones III along with forwards Christian Watford and Tom Pritchard for the first time this season.
Pritchard made his first start since the Savannah State game on Dec. 4 and his ninth overall in 2010-11.
Watford posted his third double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore hit all six of his free throws and shot 5-of-11 from the floor in 32 minutes. Watford has made his last 12 free throws and has had eight perfect games from the foul line this season.
Jones finished with a game-high 24 points with four rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. He hit 9 of his 10 shots en route to his 49th double-digit scoring game, his 10th of the year, his third 20-point game of the season and the 16th of his career. Jones now needs 11 points to become the 42nd player in IU history to reach 1,000 points.
Hulls was perfect from the floor as he posted 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in a team-high 35 minutes. The sophomore was 4-of-4, including 3-of-3 from downtown, and 2-of-2 from the foul line. Hulls has scored in double figures 17 times in his career, 10 times this year and in six straight games.
Rivers contributed eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in addition to three rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes. Pritchard pulled down seven boards with two points and one assist in 25 minutes.
Derek Elston had two points and three rebounds.
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