Michigan heads to Bloomington coming off arguably its two worst games of the year. Luckily for the Wolverines, Indiana has been playing even worse, losers of five straight - a streak that started with a loss in Ann Arbor.
Going into last week’s tilt against Wisconsin, at least two of Michigan’s leading trio of Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole, and Charles Matthews had reached double digits scoring in the same game in all but one contest. In the two since, only one of the three has reached that mark with Poole against the Badgers and Iggy against the Minnesota Gophers. We all know Michigan lost to Wisconsin and needed a buzzer beater from Matthews to survive on Tuesday against Minnesota.
The last time these two teams faced off, Indiana got monstrous efforts from Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford. The duo dropped 25 and 17 points respectively. No other Hoosier scored in double digits and Indiana managed exactly zero points from their bench. Even during their team’s struggles, the star duo has played well putting up averages of 18/8 for Morgan and 16/5 for Langford.
Despite another loss, Indiana had one of its most balanced scoring efforts against the Northwestern Wildcats with five players scoring in double figures. Rob Phinesee hit three triples and Aljami Durham chipped in 11 off the bench.
Michigan hopes to get its offense going again. Despite a torrid stretch from Jon Teske, Michigan’s offense has sputtered of late, slipping into the 30’s in KenPom’s offensive ratings. Getting their star trio back in sync would be a big boost as the Wolverines continue one of their toughest stretches of the season.
How To Watch:
Teams: No. 5 Michigan Wolverines (18-1) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (12-7)
Date: Friday, Jan. 25
Location: Assembly Hall — Bloomington, Ind.
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Television: FS1 (FoxSportsGo Link Here)
Today’s Question: Does Charles Matthews carry over his momentum from Tuesday’s epic buzzer beater?