Indiana at Michigan: Wolverines Hang On After A Late Hoosier Rally

At some parts of the game, it looked like Michigan had it under wraps, just an easy win. But they would be mistaken at the end of the game. 

Michigan was up 66-44 with 5:26 left in the game. They looked like they pretty much had the game locked up. What they didn't see coming was a fierce 17-2 run by the Hoosiers to cut the deficit 68-61. 

Christian Watford returned for Indiana in this game, after being out with a broken hand. He was the Hoosier that pulled his team to 70-67 with 27 seconds remaining on the clock before Michigan's Darius Morris two free throws sealed the 73-69 win for the Wolverines. 

This is Michigan's third straight win. With that win they surpass last years win total and continue their quest to get a NCAA Tournament berth.

For Indiana, it's their third straight loss. They continue a free fall after upsetting two straight ranked opponents. They are getting their players back, so we will see if they can improve as they play their remaining schedule.

(More after the jump)

Michigan's leading scorer in this game was Tim Hardaway Jr. who scored a career high 26 points. Following Hardaway was Darius Morris with 15. Indiana was lead by Christian Watford who had 14. Victor Oladlpo had 13.

The rebounding battle went to Indiana 32-25. Indiana just didn't convert on enough shots for that to make much of a difference. 

Overall, this was a great win for Michigan. Got a little ice cold at the end, but overall kept their NCAA chances alive, which is the goal at this point. 

Indiana, well this wasn't expected to be much of a year anyway.

Next up: Michigan battles Illinois on the road. If Michigan can get that win, they would begin mounting a serious NCAA case. 

Indiana has a two game home stand against Northwestern and rival Purdue.

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