I think losing Maurice Creek just about ended Indiana's season. We should win this game hopefully by a big margin.
|WHAT||Michigan v. Indiana|
December 31st, 2009
*Line provided by online sports betting site Sportsbetting.com.
The Wolverines took a couple hits yesterday, with Ben Cronin being ruled out at least for the rest of the season, and assistant coach Jerry Dunn taking an indefinite leave of absence from the squad. The Cronin news doesn't have a tangible effect on the team, but both pieces of bad news together can be a downer for the players.
The Wolverines are going to be stuck playing somewhat small for the rest of the year, though that problem can be eased by potentially removing a redshirt from Jordan Morgan or Blake McLimans. It remains to be seen whether either of those will happen.
If the Wolverines are entering this game on a downer, the Hoosiers might not be in a much better emotional situation, losing one of their key players, freshman forward Maurice Creek, for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Taking that news in tandem with an interesting comparison from The Crimson Quarry:
Indiana stands at 5-5 and must win two non-conference home games to enter Big Ten play with a winning record. I hate to mention it, but it was at this point last season where the wheels came off.
Shortly after that post, Indiana feel to Loyola Maryland, a middle-of-the-pack MAAC team. Is it 2009 redux for IU? They'd better hope not, but the trend is downward. Indiana has since beaten down Bryant University, but they lost Creek in that game.
Indiana has a chance to head sharply in one direction or another, and Michigan needs to capitalize and make sure the trend starts going downward.
If you need an explanation of the stats, check out Ken Pomeroy.
|Michigan v. Indiana: National Ranks|
|Category||Michigan Rank||Indiana Rank||Advantage|
|Mich eFG% v. IU Def eFG%||227||67||II|
|Mich Def eFG% v. IU eFG%||212||152||I|
|Mich TO% v. IU Def TO%||3||43||M|
|Mich Def TO% v. IU TO%||26||224||MM|
|Mich OReb% v. IU DReb%||257||217||I|
|Mich DReb% v. IU OReb%||276||95||II|
|Mich FTR v. IU Opp FTR||319||257||I|
|Mich Opp FTR v. IU FTR||10||44||M|
|Mich AdjO v. IU AdjD||130||124||-|
|Mich AdjD v. IU AdjO||93||158||M|
Difference of more than 10 places in the national rankings get a 1-letter advantage, more than 100 gets a 2-letter advantage, more than 200 gets a 3-letter advantage, etc.
This is one of the closest matchups MIchigan has had all year. The overall advantage in 4 factors goes to Indiana, with 3 more advantage letters, though Michigan is dangerously close to a third letter of advantage in forcing turnovers. In Overall efficiency, it's a dead heat when Michigan has the ball, and they have a slight advantage on defense.
Indiana's gameplan has to completely change without Creek, as he was one of the most important Hoosiers. He led the team in offensive rating and % of shots taken, as well as being the best shooter and ball-handler. Losing him will be bad. Verdell Jones, Jeremiah Rivers, and Christian Watford will have to step up their games.
Michigan has the slight advantage even before removing Creek from the opposing squad, so they should be able to control the game at times. They won't rebound as well as the Hoosiers do, but without Indiana's best player in holding onto the ball, there's a chance it's turnover city. If Michigan can avoid fouling the Hoosiers, they should be able to keep them from scoring too much.
This game looks like one that swings momentum wildly from team to team, but with the early tipoff for a weak IU team, homecourt advantage might not play as big a role as it usually is. Not only is IU losing their best player, but this is also their first game without him, so they'll have to figure out what exactly they're going to do in his absence. This should be a close game down to the end, but Michigan should pull out a single-digit victory on the road.
Dylan previews IU, and has a conversation about the game with Inside the Hall, an IU basketball blog. Mike Rothstein of AnnArbor.com talk about this game being an opportunity for a strong start to Big Ten season.
Beilein's system is predicated on three pointers being made. If Michigan does not play defense and hit their shots soon this season will be like a few years ago, it will be very disappointing year. I'm starting to wish that UM could get players like Purdue or Kentucky. Being athletic can make up for a lot will a team is not shooting well.
Ive been hearing that Zeigler is starting to get a lot of attention from Duke, so that doesn't really bode well for us.
Blue by 14
Douglass stays hot and both Sims and Harris score 18+
Figured i would update things since lines werent out when Tim posted ysterday.
UM is a 5-point favorite today
I wrote about the game over at the JCB
I'm interested in seeing what kind of game IU has without Creek. And, if Michigan has the chops to get a manageable Big 10 slate off to a good start.
Can a conference opener really be a swing game? This feels like one.
And tell me why Vogrich plays????
Sims looks tremendously out of shape.
I just puked on myself and I haven't even started partying yet.
Thank God this fucking decade is over.
Another tough loss, but keep in mind that Michigan even with the best teams we've had has always found it tough to win in Bloominton on their court. Last year we narrowly escaped with a win that we maybe should not have had.
This team has a long ways to go for sure, but it's difficult to judge the Big Ten season on this particular opening road loss when this loss has been par for the course at Indiana. Let's see how the team does with the next two games. I expect them to play better.