Postgame Notes - Indiana at Michigan
Feb. 12, 2011
Indiana split the season series with Michigan and owns a 100-55 advantage in the all-time series.
The Hoosiers closed both halves with a defensive surge. Michigan did not hit a field goal in the final 6:38 of the first half and closed the half with just three free throws. Indiana also held the Wolverines without a field goal in the final 5:26, holding them to seven free throws and closing the game on a 25-7 run.
IU shot 57.1 percent in the second half, making 16 of its 28 shots. It marked the 15th time this season Indiana has eclipsed the 55-percent mark in a half.
Indiana won the battle of the boards, 34-28, and held a 38-26 edge in points in the paint.
The Hoosiers played 12 players and finished the game with a 30-3 margin in bench points.
IU also held edges in points off turnovers (16-13) and second-chance points (5-2) and broke even in fastbreak points (8-8).
For the first time this season, Indiana started Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Jeremiah Rivers, Will Sheehey and Verdell Jones III. Sheehey has started each of the last seven games and Oladipo earned his fourth start of the season.
Christian Watford returned to the floor for the first time since suffering a broken left hand at Michigan State on Jan. 30. He played 22 minutes and scored a team-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and one steal. Watford has reached double digits 21 times in 23 games this season and 43 times in his career.
Watford was one of four Hoosiers in double figures. He was joined by Oladipo with 13, Jones with 12 and Hulls with 10.
Oladipo hit 5-of-7 shots and pulled down six rebounds with two steals and one assist in 24 minutes. He has now scored in double figures in 7-of-13 Big Ten games and 10 times overall this season. Oladipo was one rebound off his career high and has reached the five-rebound mark nine times in 2010-11.
With his 12 points, Jones moved into 39th place on IU's career scoring list with 1,040. He hit eight free throws in 12 attempts and added five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes. Jones has a team-best 53 career double-figure scoring games and 14 this year. It also marked his fourth game with at least five assists in 2010-11.
Hulls recorded a team-high 33 minutes and hit double figures for the 17th time this campaign, the 12th time in the last 14 games and the 23rd time in his career. He also had four assists and three rebounds. Hulls connected on both of his free throw attempts to give him 30 in a row. His last miss came at Kentucky on Dec. 11, and he is now eight shy of matching Pat Graham's school record of 38 consecutive free throws set in 1990-91.
Tom Pritchard contributed 21 minutes of the bench and led the team and tied for the game high with seven rebounds. He also hit both of his shots for four points with two blocks and one assist.
Rivers posted six rebounds to go along with two points and one assist in 14 minutes. His six boards matched a season high (four times).
Matt Roth connected on 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with six points in 11 minutes.
Daniel Moore had four points and one steal in 15 minutes. His 15 minutes marked his highest time on the floor in a Big Ten game this season.
Jeff Howard saw action in his second Big Ten game and grabbed a rebound.
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