Michigan forward Kam Chatman hit a three with 0.2 seconds left on the clock as the Wolverines knocked off No. 1 seed Indiana in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon:
Chatman, a sophomore and former top 30 recruit that hasn’t exactly lived up to his potential during his time in Ann Arbor, is a 27 percent three-point shooter that has hit seven threes all season long. Michigan had also shot 0-for-10 in the second half … until hitting a pair of threes in the final minute.
Not a bad time to start making them, considering that may be the shot that gets Michigan into the NCAA tournament.
As far as Indiana is concerned, this performance — which was not as dominant as the Indiana we saw in the last three weeks of Big Ten play — only drove home the idea that the Hoosiers are a different team away from Bloomington. That arena can get downright bonkers during big league games, and there is clearly a home-court advantage to be had.
The question is just how big that advantage is. In other words, can Indiana win when they’re not playing at home and thriving off of the Assembly Hall crowd?