ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The last time the Michigan men’s basketball faced Indiana, it earned a resounding win that could help its hopes for the NCAA Tournament.
Now the Wolverines have another chance to help their postseason chances when they face Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington, Ind. First, though, Michigan has to end a slide; the Wolverines are 0-6 on the road this season.
Michigan (15-9, 5-6 Big Ten) defeated Indiana 90-60 on Jan. 26 at the Crisler Center, finding its rhythm against the stumbling Hoosiers. Michigan shot 31 for 49 against Indiana, including 11 for 20 on 3-pointers, as Derrick Walton Jr. led all scorers with 21 points.
Indiana (15-10, 5-7) has lost four of its last five despite being second in the Big Ten in scoring (81.3 points per game). Indiana’s window for a tournament berth took another hit Thursday with a 69-64 loss to Purdue, which makes Sunday’s game a must-win for both Indiana and Michigan.
Michigan basketball at Indiana game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Date: Sunday, Feb. 12
Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind.
The line: Indiana is favored by 2 1/2 points
Which TV channel broadcasts Michigan basketball at Indiana?
CBS will broadcast the game.
How can I watch Michigan basketball at Indiana online?
CBS will stream the game at CBSSports.com
How can I listen to Michigan basketball at Indiana on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius channel 84 and XM channel 84.
For Michigan basketball, 950 AM (WWJ-Detroit), 102.9 FM (WWWW-Ann Arbor) and 1050 AM (WTKA-Ann Arbor) are the primary stations. Click here for other Michigan radio affiliates.
Click here for Indiana radio affiliates.
Who is calling the Michigan basketball at Indiana game?
Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and analyst Dan Bonner will call the game for CBS.
Michigan’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard and analyst Terry Mills.
Indiana’s radio crew includes play-by-play announcer Don Fischer and analysts Errek Suhr and Joe Smith.
Three keys to the game for Michigan
Don’t rely on one player to carry the load: That, for a few games, appeared to be a possibility for Michigan, which has gotten a stellar output from Walton. He is averaging 22.5 points in his last four games and recently eclipsed a milestone of 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in his college career. Michigan, however, got reinforcements in a rout of Michigan State, as Walton was one of four players to score in double figures.
Continue to be aggressive: One player in particular reaped the benefits of hard-nosed play: forward Moritz Wagner, who had 19 points and six rebounds against Michigan State. Wagner has scored in double figures in three of his last four games. Wagner’s aggressiveness is necessary in the paint, where Michigan has struggled at times to produce offense and has been beaten on the boards.
Overcome the road woes: Michigan plays five of its final seven regular-season games on the road, and that intersects with Michigan’s 0-6 road record. Michigan hasn’t won a true road game in more than a year — an 82-74 win Feb. 10, 2016, at Minnesota (Michigan’s neutral-site games don’t count toward that record). The Wolverines are 13-66 at Assembly Hall, their last win at Indiana coming on Jan. 7, 2009 (72-66).