ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan welcomed Big Ten foe Indiana in town for a classic matchup between the Wolverines and the Hoosiers on Thursday night.
But the Wolverines weren’t very gracious hosts.
Michigan (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) knocked down Indiana (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) inside the Crisler Center, 90-60.
Backed by one of Michigan’s better offensive performances of the season, the Wolverines jumped out to an 18-point lead halfway through the first half.
The early defense was a difference maker for Michigan, as Indiana had just 7 points when the Wolverines hit 20. In that same stretch, the Hoosiers went nearly 4 minutes without a point.
Michigan never looked back, leading the entire contest. Sophomore forward Moe Wagner and senior guard Derrick Walton, Jr. led the Wolverines to an outstanding 63.3-percent shooting from the field.
WHY: Michigan’s outstanding 63-percent shooting from the field, matched with hitting 55 percent (11 of 20) from 3-point land, led to its monster victory.
WHAT IT MEANS: Michigan has won two games in a row and three out of four after losing three of its first four Big Ten games.
WHO STARRED: Is Michigan’s top six players an option? Five players were in double digits with Walton (21) and Wagner (14) leading the way. Indiana’s Robert Johnson led the Hoosiers with 14 points.
WHO STUMBLED: The Hoosiers defense was putrid. Allowing Michigan’s shooting percentage to skyrocket it like it did was not on the game plan.
Justin Blackmon Jr., Indiana’s best player, finished with just 4 points on 2-of-3 shooting despite playing 31 minutes.