On Friday night, the Michigan Wolverines will go on the road ta face the Indiana Hoosiers in a B1G battle. Michigan comes in ranked 5th and is 18-1. Michigan rebounded with a win following their first loss of the season to Wisconsin. Indiana comes in at 12-7 and has lost 5 straight games.
Indiana Trying to Recover from Loss
Michigan is coming off a 59-57 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. The Wolverines led 57-47 late but needed a Charles Matthews buzzer-beater to get the 2-point victory. Superstar freshman Ignas Brazdeikis led the Wolverines in scoring with 18 points but shot just 4 of 18 from the field. Brazdeikes also led the team in rebounds with 11 to earn his second double-double of the season. Jon Teske was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds. Jordan Poole, Eli Brooks, and Brazdeikis all tied for the team lead in assists with 2. Michigan only received 10 points from their bench.
Indiana is coming off a 73-66 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday. They were never really in this game and trailed by 6+ points for most of the second half. Indiana had 5 players score in double figures, led by Juwan Morgan, who tallied 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Morgan also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his 3rd double-double of the season. Rob Phinisee scored 13, Romeo Langford scored 12, Aljami Durham added 11, and Justin Smith chipped in 10 points in this one. Smith was also the leading rebounder with 12 which gave him his first double-double of the year. Morgan, Durham, and Zach McRoberts all had 3 assists to tie for the team lead.
Brazdeikis Leads Michigan
Michigan is led by the freshman Brazdeikis in the scoring column as he averages 14.9 points a game. He is followed by Charles Matthews, who scores 13.3 a game, and Jordan Poole, who adds 12.9 per contest. Jon Teske leads the Wolverines in rebounds with 6.6 a game. Jordan Poole is the leading assist man on the Wolverines with 2.2 a game. Michigan has been solid on both ends of the floor this season. They are averaging 71.8 points per game but are shooting just 46% from the field. The key for Michigan is the defense as they are holding opponents to just 57.1 points a game.
Indiana is also led by a superstar freshman, Romeo Langford, who is averaging 17.6 a game. The Hoosiers are really a two-man team on offense as Juwan Morgan is the only other Hoosier averaging double figures with 16.5. They will need to get contributions from other players to have a chance in this one. Morgan leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 a game. Devonte Green leads the team in assists with 3.2 a game but will not play in this one as he is suspended indefinitely. Indiana has been able to put up 74.2 points a game on the backs of Langford and Morgan and are shooting 49.8% on the year but are allowing opponents to put up 66.2 points a game.
Michigan vs. Indian Prediction
Michigan comes in at -3.5. The Wolverines should be able to shut down Langford and Morgan with their strong defense, and there is not too much offense on Indiana after that, especially with Green suspended. Michigan has too many weapons on offense for a weak Indiana defense to defend. Michigan should jump out to an early lead and take this one easily by double digits. Take Michigan -3.5.
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