- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some quick thoughts following No. 22 Michigan's 68-56 win over No. 20 Indiana on Wednesday night.
Turning point: Tim Hardaway Jr. drove the lane and missed a layup with a little over two-and-a-half minutes left. Then Jordan Morgan grabbed an offensive rebound. Good ball movement led to an open Stu Douglass 3-pointer from the left wing, which he made with 1:40 left to give Michigan a 58-50 lead. It kept Indiana from completing the comeback.
Stat of the game: Michigan had a 20-point lead with 7:12 left in the first half, up 28-8 after an and-one conversion from Morgan. From there, though, the Wolverines struggled. They watched their lead dwindle to two, 52-50, with 3:20 left.
Player of the game: Michigan guard Zack Novak. His stat line was average -- 13 points, five rebounds, two assists -- but the Wolverines' senior captain was very good on help-side defense on Cody Zeller and as usual did the little things to help Michigan. On a night where things were pretty balanced, his leadership put him over the top. IU guard Jordan Hulls was a close second, though, as he kept the Hoosiers in the game with 18 points.
Second guessing: Indiana coach Tom Crean might want to look at why he didn't use any timeouts early to try and quiet Michigan, which jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first 13 minutes. There seemed to be multiple spots for a run-squashing timeout, and he just didn't call one. Considering Indiana almost came back from the 20-point deficit, one might wonder what would have happened if he tried to stop the run sooner.
What Michigan learned, What Indiana learned: Michigan -- That it can hang around without Trey Burke. Indiana took Burke out of the game, essentially holding him scoreless for 30 minutes after he had 10 of his 18 points in the first five minutes of the game. The Wolverines were outscored in that timeframe but were able to hold on until he got it going again in the final five minutes. Indiana -- The road is still not a friendly place for the Hoosiers, who have now lost four straight away from Assembly Hall. They also saw what can happen when Cody Zeller is double-teamed successfully. Michigan used a similar double-team to what it did on Jared Sullinger on Saturday and the results were similar. Zeller had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was quiet for most of the night.
Record performance: Michigan continued its homecourt win streak, now up to 14 games and tied for 13th in the country with Arkansas, Michigan State and St. Mary's. The Spartans can move back ahead of the Wolverines on Sunday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
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