After going 4-for-9 in the first half from three point range, MI failed to make another three during the game, due to the Hoosiers committal to force the Wolverines to win the game in the paint.
On the other end, IN only turned the ball over five times, but most of those giveaways led to easy Wolverines baskets, and MI has a 11-2 advantage IN points off turnovers.
"We're not ready to be tough at the beginning of the game", Miller said after the game.
In each of IU's last eight wins, the Hoosiers have come back from a deficit of at least five points.
"We're just anxious about getting better", Poole said. He has also proven to be a rugged defender who could see some time guarding Langford and IN senior Juwan Morgan, who is averaging 16.1 points per game.
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.
"We're just anxious about getting better", Poole said via The AP. "We will need to rotate on defense and work in practice to prepare for them".
"Just going in there, it will be a dogfight for sure", Morgan said.
Still the Hoosiers were reliant on Langford and Morgan for offensive production, regardless of whether foul trouble or an off night happens to plague IU's showcase players. He had to play because center Jon Teske and his backup, Austin Davis, were in foul trouble while trying to defend Morgan.
"Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) would be proud", Beilein said. Above all others, though, the best Big Ten game of this weekend might come in Ann Arbor as in basketball travels on the road to take on MI.
With the absence of Robert Phinisee for the Hoosiers once again, Devonte Green was inserted into the starting lineup, causing the Hoosiers to have no real bench production, with three players combining for just 2 rebounds and 0-for-2 from the field.
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