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Indiana Basketball: Keys for a road upset against MI in 2018-19

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Cary Erickson | 10 January, 2019, 21:25

The Indiana Hoosiers are going to have to have their best game of the year if they hope to compete with MI, let alone take down the Wolverines in their own home.

Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to help No. 2 MI build a double-digit lead and the Wolverines held on for a 74-63 victory over No. 21 in on Sunday to remain unbeaten.

"That was a big change for us", Miller said.

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

"We're just anxious about getting better", Poole said. The Wolverines' ball-handlers got into the lane nearly at will and then scored mostly uncontested at the rim or kicked to wide-open 3-point shooters.

The Michigan sharpshooting duo of senior guard Charles Matthews and sophomore guard Jordan Poole almost outscored IU in the first half, as the pair scored 28 points while IU had 29 at the break.

When Morgan and Langford went to the bench with two fouls early in the first half, the Wolverines went on a 12-3 run in less than 3 minutes before the pair returned to the floor.

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"I don't think we've been as consistent as we need to be to get where we want to go", Morgan said.

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

Michigan: The Wolverines usually play just two players off the bench and one of the regular reserves, Isaiah Livers, missed a second straight game with a back injury. He had to play because center Jon Teske and his backup, Austin Davis, were in foul trouble while trying to defend Morgan. They made a remarkable 13 of 16 shots and 4 of 6 beyond the 3-point line in the game's first 10 minutes, opening up a commanding lead that they maintain at halftime.

"Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) would be proud", Beilein said.

MI maintained healthy advantages in points in the paint, 42-34, points off turnovers, 12-4, and bench scoring, 10-0, over the 40-minute contest.

IN falls to 12-3 and they get back in action on Friday when they visit Maryland.