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Indiana center Thomas Bryant, left, defends a shot attempt from guard Zak Irvin (21), in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Indiana won 80-67. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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No. 22 Indiana rips off 25-0 run, blows out Michigan


With 14:31 remaining in the first half Derrick Walton Jr. hit a three-pointer to give Michigan a 15-4 lead at home against No. 22 Indiana. With the Hoosiers tied for first in the Big Ten, this could have been a nice win for the Wolverines’ NCAA tournament résumé. Unfortunately for John Beilein’s team things didn’t play out that way, with Walton’s shot essentially being the team’s final highlight of the game.

Indiana would outscore the Wolverines 41-9 the rest of the half, and that included a 25-0 run over the final 8:42, on their way to an 80-67 win that wasn’t as close as the final margin would indicate. The run can be seen in the embedded tweet below, with the baskets that came as part of the 25-0 finish starting at the 12 second mark.

The fact that Indiana put points on the board is no surprise at all; the Hoosiers have been one of the most efficient teams in the country even with the season-ending injury suffered by James Blackmon Jr. The area that has changed for the Hoosiers has been their defense, most notably the effort shown on that end of the floor.

Early in the season Indiana was at best indifferent on defense, with their ability to score points serving as a crutch players were far too willing to rely on. That’s changed in recent weeks, even with Indiana’s relatively light conference schedule to this point. Yogi Ferrell’s been the leader for Indiana, with Thomas Bryant making strides and role players such as Max Bielfeldt and OG Anunoby chipping in as well.

Michigan shot just 28.1 percent from the field in the first half Tuesday night, as Indiana took away the high-quality looks the Wolverines were able to find at the game’s start. Michigan aims to spread teams with the way in which they run their offense, using screens and cuts to produce quality shots. But the Hoosiers remained disciplined, and the open looks were few and far between for the home team as a result.

Given Indiana’s conference schedule they’ve still got some major challenges in front of them before the end of the regular season, with games against Iowa (twice), Michigan State, Purdue and Maryland remaining on the schedule. But there’s no denying that Indiana has made significant improvements since their struggles in some high-profile non-conference games, making the Hoosiers a team that’s at the very least better equipped to hold their own in those upcoming games against the Big Ten’s best.

No. 20 Purdue dominates middle in 87-70 win over Michigan

Purdue center A.J. Hammons (20) grabs a rebound in front of Michigan forward D.J. Wilson (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) A.J. Hammons scored 17 points and had four blocks while Rapheal Davis added 16 points Thursday to lead No. 20 Purdue past Michigan 87-70.

The Boilermakers (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) have won eight of 10 and are 10-1 at home this season.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Derrick Walton Jr. added 12 points as Michigan (12-4, 2-1) had its six-game winning streak snapped.

After Purdue took an 11-point lead with 6:54 to go, Michigan quickly cut the deficit to 66-60 when Zak Irvin made three free throws with 5:20 left.

But the Boilermakers answered with a 3-pointer from Dakota Mathias, a basket that spurred a 12-0 run and pushed the lead to 78-60.

Michigan never seriously challenged again, and the Boilermakers closed it out at the free-throw line.

Purdue’s offense struggled most of the first half before using a finishing flurry to take control. The 16-4 run over the last 4 1/2 minutes finally gave Purdue control with a 35-28 halftime lead.

Then, unlike Saturday in a loss to Iowa, the Boilermakers continued playing well in the second half. They extended the lead to 45-35 with 16:15 to play.

After Michigan cut the deficit to five, the Boilers answered with an 8-2 spurt to make it 58-47.

Offensively, it was a challenge most of the night.

Purdue started 3 of 15 from the field, while Michigan finished the half going 1 of 8.


Michigan guard Caris LeVert missed his second straight game with a lower left leg injury. He traveled with the team and was dressed in sweats, but there was no immediate word on when he’d return. LeVert leads the Wolverines in scoring (17.6 points), rebounds (5.4) and assists (5.2).


Michigan: Came into the game with the nation’s sixth-best shooting percentage (50.9) but shot just 37.7 percent from the field Thursday. … The only other Wolverines player to score in double figures was Duncan Robinson with 10. … This was the first of three straight games the Wolverines play against ranked teams.

Purdue: Hammons, the 7-foot center who is Purdue’s leading scorer, made his first start of the season. … The Boilermakers outscored Michigan 42-18 in the paint, 26-9 off the bench and had 26 assists. … The Boilermakers kept their 14th opponent below their season scoring average. Michigan was averaging 79.3 points.


Michigan hosts No. 3 Maryland on Tuesday.

Purdue visits Illinois on Sunday.

Zak Irvin expected to return for start of season

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Michigan was plagued by injuries last year. But when the Wolverines take the floor to open the 2015-16 season, John Beilein expects to have a healthy lineup, which includes Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr.

He also expects Zak Irvin to be ready to play when Michigan opens the season against Northern Michigan on Nov. 13 in Ann Arbor. The junior wing underwent back surgery on Sept. 9. The procedure put him on the sidelines for 6-8 weeks.

“He is getting better every day,” Beilein said Friday morning in a radio interview with WTKA 1050 AM, transcribed by Brendan F. Quinn of

“He can’t do anything yet, but he’s very vocal and leading,” Beilein said Friday morning. “We feel really good about what we said, (that he’ll return) somewhere here in the start of the season and we expect him to be back out on the court for us.”

Irvin was the most recent Wolverine to be bit by the injury bug. LeVert missed 14 games with a left foot injury Derrick Walton missed all of 13 games his own foot injury. Spike Albrecht managed to play through pain before undergoing offseason surgery on both hips. Beilein said LeVert and Walton have are playing with “no restriction” on Friday afternoon, according to Quinn. Albrecht says he’s hoping to get to 100 percent within the next month.

The 6-foot-6 Irvin averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last year.