The Big Ten champion University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 12 AP, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) closed out the regular season with an 84-80 win over Indiana on Saturday evening (March 8) at the Crisler Center. The Maize and Blue were led by graduate student Jordan Morgan's (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) first double-double of the season and fifth of his career on Senior Night, plus three other players in double-figure scoring. With tonight's win, the Wolverines have beaten each team in the Big Ten Conference during the regular-season campaign.
As a part of Michigan's Senior Night, Morgan was honored in a pre-game ceremony at center court. Once the game started, he hit two early jumpers and added a layup to score each of Michigan's first six points in the contest. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, matching season-best marks in points, rebounds, steals (two) and field goals (seven).
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) scored a game-high 21 points, while classmate Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) scored 20 of his own; both players were 6-for-13 from the field and added a pair of boards and a pair of assists each in the win. Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) was the final Wolverine in double figures, adding 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Maize and Blue faced a six-point deficit to start the second half thanks in part to the Hoosiers converting on 11 of their first 12 field goal attempts. Coming out of the locker room, U-M hit seven of its first eight shots and regained the lead after Stauskas was fouled shooting a three-pointer and sank all three free throws to give the Wolverines a three-point advantage (53-50, 15:12).
U-M used an 8-0 run over a span of 2:24, capped off by a pair of LeVert free throws, to extend its lead to nine (67-58, 7:12) before fending off a final push from the Hoosiers. The game was tied as late as 1:09, until Robinson hit a dagger three-pointer from the corner at that mark and then pulled down a defensive board on the other end.
The Wolverines were perfect on their last 14 attempts from the charity stripe during the final 7:12 of the contest and shot 48.2 percent (27-for-56) from the floor and converted on a season-best 26-of-29 free throw attempts in the regular-season finale. Indiana shot 59 percent (29-for-49) from the floor, including 39 percent (7-for-18) from beyond the arc.