Burke's 25 Points Not Enough in Men's U of M Hoops Loss at No. 3 IU
After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 1 AP, No. 1 ESPN/USA Today) came back to tie the game in the second stanza but was never able to take the lead and suffered just its second loss of the season, 81-73, at Indiana (No. 3 AP/No. 3 ESPN/USA Today) on Saturday night (Feb. 2) inside Assembly Hall.
Five double-digit scorers for Indiana negated a game-high 25 points by sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) and 18 by junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior). In addition freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) chipped in 10 points as well.
The Wolverines shot 30-of-70 (43 percent) from the floor in the game, while the Hoosiers finished 26-of-50 (52 percent) from the field. The difference came at the free throw line, where Indiana made 22-of-25 (88 percent) and Michigan just 6-of-7 (86 percent). U-M scored 21 points off 16 Hoosier turnovers, yet IU held the advantage on the boards, 38-29, and scoring 14 points off nine offensive rebounds.
Michigan fell behind by double digits early in the first half after Indiana went a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, including four three-pointers, over the first five minutes of the game. A layup by Hardaway at the 9:46 mark started a 10-0 run for the Wolverines, during which they forced the Hoosiers into five turnovers, to cut their deficit to 28-23. Burke followed Hardaway up by grabbing a steal and finishing with a fastbreak dunk on the next possession, and junior/sophomore forward Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge) capped the run with a slam of his own.
After even play over the final five minutes before the break, a triple by Burke in the final seconds sent U-M into the locker room down just four, 36-32. After going 31 percent (6-of-19) from the floor during the first 10 minutes of the half, the Maize and Blue then shot 50 percent (8-of-16) in the final 10. The Hoosiers shot 53 percent (14-of-26) from the field, including 50 percent (5-of-10) from behind the arc in the opening half.
A three-point field goal by Burke followed by three makes at the charity stripe by Stauskas tied the game at 40-all a little more than two minutes into the second half, but IU responded with a 11-0 run during the next three minutes of play.
The Wolverines then scored seven straight to get within two (53-51) at the 11-minute mark; however, the Hoosiers pushed their lead to 61-55 with five minutes left. An old-fashioned three-point play by Burke cut Indiana's advantage to three, but U-M did not get any closer.
The Maize and Blue will return to Ann Arbor on Tuesday (Feb. 5) looking to avenge an earlier loss to Ohio State, currently ranked No. 11. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.