Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers fall to MI 74-63

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

Coming into the year, MI had plenty of individual players who were expected to be stars and the majority of them lived up to the billing, with fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich (17 tackles for loss and five sacks), junior linebacker Devin Bush (nine tackles for loss and five sacks) and junior cornerback David Long (first-team All-Big Ten selection from the coaches) serving as the best examples.

The early foul trouble Langford and Morgan became entangled in came at an inopportune time for IU, not only because of the opponent, but also because of IU's injury situation.

Michigan, who led by 15 points the majority of the game, took down the Hoosiers 74-63 on Sunday.

"We're just anxious about getting better", Poole said.

The Wolverines are 14-0 with an 18.1 point average scoring margin with wins over four top-50 teams.

The Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1) had won seven straight since losing at Duke and their chances to extend the streak were hurt because their stars were forced to sit a lot. He has also proven to be a rugged defender who could see some time guarding Langford and IN senior Juwan Morgan, who is averaging 16.1 points per game.

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"We set the tone and we got their two big guys in foul trouble", MI coach John Beilein said. The Hoosiers return to action on Friday night at Maryland.

MI led 44-29 at halftime and didn't have much trouble keeping a comfortable cushion after halftime in part because Morgan picked up his third and fourth fouls.

Miller lamented his team getting off to another poor start.

"We have to make sure to close out on all their shooters", Brazdeikis said.

It didn't help the Hoosiers that both Romeo Langford and Juwan Morgan each picked up two fouls in the game's opening minutes and had to go to the bench for significant stretches. IN will have more depth when center De'Ron Davis and guard Rob Phinisee return from injuries. IN made 14 of 18 free throws to 4 of 9 for Michigan State.

"Just going in there, it will be a dogfight for sure", Morgan said.

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