No. 3 Indiana beats No. 1 Michigan 81-73
Win gives Indiana sole possession of Big Ten lead
Cody Zeller had 19 points and nine rebounds to help No. 3 Indiana beat No. 1 Michigan 81-73 on Saturday night.
Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, Christian Watford had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell added 14 points and five assists for the Hoosiers (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who won their fifth straight and took sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
With No. 2 Kansas losing at home against Oklahoma State earlier in the day, Indiana likely will regain the No. 1 ranking it held in the preseason.
Trey Burke had 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Michigan. Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 18 points and Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary each scored 10 points for the Wolverines (20-2, 7-2). Glenn Robinson III, who entered the game averaging 12.1 points, finished with two on 1-of-6 shooting from the field.
Indiana crushed rival Purdue 97-60 on Wednesday night, and the Hoosiers looked no different in the early going against the Wolverines. Indiana led by 15 in the first half but settled for a four-point lead at the break.
Burke's 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half cut Indiana's lead to 38-37.
With Indiana leading by three, Jordan Hulls fouled Stauskas on a 3-pointer, and Stauskas made all three free throws to tie the score at 40.
A 3-point play by Oladipo put the Hoosiers back up by five, and a 3-pointer by Hulls bumped the Hoosiers' lead to 49-40.
The lead reached 11 before Michigan rallied again. Hardaway made a 3-pointer to make it a 53-49 game.
Two monstrous putback dunks by Zeller gave Indiana a 61-55 lead. A 3-point play by Burke made it a three-point game, but Hulls came right back with another 3-pointer, and the Hoosiers remained in control the rest of the way.
Indiana made its first six shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, to take an 18-7 lead, and the Hoosiers extended the advantage to 26-11 on a breakaway layup by Zeller.
Michigan started to find its footing midway through the first half. Hardaway made a layup to cut Indiana's lead to 28-17, and later, McGary scored in close on a lob by Stauskas to make it 28-21. A dunk by Jon Horford made it a five-point game with 5:37 left in the first half.
Michigan knocked its deficit down to five again on another basket by McGary, but Zeller scored on a thunderous putback dunk on the other end with 37 seconds left in the first half. Burke hit a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut Indiana's lead to 36-32 at the break.
Burke led the Wolverines with 14 points at halftime. Indiana might have led by more if not for 10 first-half turnovers.
NOTES: Michigan was off to its best start in program history. ... It was just the second meeting between the schools with both ranked in the top five. ... Michigan was the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins. ... ESPN's "College GameDay" was in Bloomington on Saturday.
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