Unranked Indiana pulled off a 63-52 upset against No. 10 Michigan in an afternoon showdown Sunday, Feb. 2, between two Big Ten rivals.
Yogi Ferrell was the hero of the game for the Hoosiers, as the sophomore point guard put up a game-high 27 points in the victory.
AllHoosiers.com's Justin Albers shared this quote from Michigan coach John Beilein, who spoke about Ferrell's performance after the game:
In addition to Ferrell’s heroics, home-court advantage was huge for the Hoosiers. The crowd was electrifying throughout the contest, inspiring the defense to lock in and shut down the Wolverines—who committed 10 turnovers and shot just 40 percent from the field on the day, including an abysmal 3-of-13 from three-point land.
Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel provided this statement from Beilein regarding Indiana's defense:
Rebounding was a key stat in this game, as the Hoosiers dominated the glass and pulled down 33 boards. The Wolverines weren’t able to establish position inside and box out, nabbing just 22 rebounds.
Nik Stauskas picked a bad time to have his worst game of the season, as the elite guard, who averaged 18.4 points per game going into this matchup, mustered up a meager six points.
UM struggled to find any rhythm in Assembly Hall, a historically tough place for the school to find success. Rod Beard of The Detroit News noted that Michigan is just 2-21 in Bloomington since 1988:
As per Drew Hallett of MaizeAndGoBlue.com, it was just the third time that the Wolverines have been favored on the road against the Hoosiers:
Michigan’s 10-game win streak is now over, with Caris LeVert (12 points) and Derrick Walton Jr. (13 points) being the only two Wolverines to score in double figures.
Indiana will be looking to build a streak of its own, having rebounded from a tough 60-55 loss on the road against Nebraska to win on Sunday. The Hoosiers moved to 24-8 against rival Michigan over the last 18 seasons.
Yogi Ferrell, G, Indiana: A+
Ferrell was on fire in this contest, hitting on seven of his eight attempts from beyond the arc on his way to 27 points. He finished the day connecting on 8 of 10 shots total, as well as contributing two assists, two rebounds and one steal.
The sophomore guard has been a scoring machine all season, coming into this one having averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds. He was just short of his season high, which was 30 points in an overtime contest against Illinois on Dec. 31.
Homegrown Hoosier pointed out that scoring wasn’t all Ferrell added, giving a nod to his defense and leadership:
Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan: D-
Stauskas struggled mightily in this game and is a large reason why the Wolverines were upset. The sophomore guard knocked down just one of his six field-goal attempts, tallying up a mere six points in the game.
He didn’t even attempt a shot in the second half until there was six minutes left and only took two field-goal attempts in the final 20 minutes, a testament to the amount of pressure that Indiana’s defense put on the young man.
Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com noted that Stauskas’ lack of involvement was Michigan’s downfall:
Credit IU head coach Tom Crean for coming up with a brilliant scheme, daring the rest of Michigan’s players to beat his Hoosiers in a hostile environment. No one was able to rise to the occasion.
Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana: A
Vonleh was simply a beast for Indiana. The big man wasn’t afraid to bang inside and used his toughness to guide the Hoosiers to victory.
The 6’10” freshman forward put 10 points on the board, going 5-of-9 from the field. His rebounding was the key, though, as he hauled in 12 total boards, including three on the offensive end to give his side additional chances.
Vonleh also chipped in two big blocks and turned the ball over just twice, making him a major asset for the Hoosiers. He’s going to be a big key to this team’s success going forward, especially in March.
Bleacher Report’s Tyler Brooke has dreams of IU’s potential success next season if Vonleh decides to stay for a sophomore season:
Indiana is now 14-8 (4-5 Big Ten) on the season and just picked up its second signature win in just over three weeks, having hosted and beaten Wisconsin on Jan. 14.
The team will look to capitalize on this in a road contest against Minnesota on Feb. 8. The Golden Gophers are 15-7 on the year and should provide a tough challenge at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
The Hoosiers are building a strong case to make a NCAA tournament run. Sunday’s victory will definitely help the school’s cause and could be the reason why it dances in March.
Michigan falls to 16-5 (8-1 Big Ten) after suffering this brutal loss to Indiana. The Wolverines will try to get back on track after their first defeat since Dec. 14 by hosting Nebraska on Feb. 5.
The 11-9 Cornhuskers narrowly lost to Michigan, 71-70, back on Jan. 9 when they hosted their Big Ten opponent in Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. It would be surprising if the score is nearly as close when the action heads up to Ann Arbor on Wednesday.
Regardless of Sunday’s outcome, the Wolverines are almost a lock to make the 68-team field during March Madness. Despite today’s poor showing, this team is still immensely talented and very dangerous.