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Michigan takes down Indiana in early-season Big Ten showdown

The Wolverines opened up conference play with a win over the Hoosiers.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This game went a lot better for Michigan Basketball than the trip to North Carolina earlier this week.

The Wolverines won their Big Ten Conference opener on Saturday afternoon by a score of 69-55 over the visiting Indiana Hoosiers, led by 19 points from freshman Jordan Poole in the contest.

Michigan had its share of ups and downs in the game, but led for double digits for almost the entire game. They roared out of the gates with an 18-4 lead and never really looked back from there.

Moritz Wagner chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds of his own in the effort. Charles Matthews and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had eight points each.

Indiana’s James Morgan led the way with 24 points in the game, leading all scorers.

Matthews had some issues with foul trouble early in the game, which opened the door for Poole, along with fellow freshman Eli Brooks and Isaiah Livers, to get an extended look on Saturday afternoon.

And they did not disappoint.

The Wolverines are 7-2 now on the season and their next challenge comes in the form of a trip to Columbus on Monday night for a showdown with the Buckeyes at 6:30 p.m. ET.