Saturday's Big Ten battle between Michigan and Indiana may be the most high-stakes encounter found anywhere in college basketball this season.
The two teams are locked in a battle atop the Big Ten standings, but that's the least of anyone's concerns at this moment. After all, the Hoosiers just knocked the Wolverines' in-state rival off the conference summit just last weekend.
A number one seed could be at stake. The opportunity to play NCAA regional games in Indianapolis looms large.
Both teams survived this week's potential trap games with steely focus, Michigan dismantling Northwestern and Indiana crushing arch-rival Purdue.
With no more preliminaries to wait out, here are five important battles Indiana must win to ensure victory in this Big Ten war.