Seeking their first outright Big Ten regular season title since 1993, the Indiana Hoosiers meet the Michigan Wolverines Sunday afternoon at the Crisler Center.
No. 2 ranked Indiana has lost two of its last three contests, including a 67-58 letdown to the Buckeyes on Tuesday. The Hoosiers venerable offense managed to shoot less than 40 percent, and were outrebounded 34-28 by Ohio State.
Cody Zeller scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down four boards, while guard Victor Oladipo was kept in check by Ohio State’s Aaron Craft. Oladipo netted seven points and six rebounds, with four turnovers, and fouled out.
It was the second lowest scoring output for the Hoosiers of the season. On Jan. 15 they fell to Wisconsin, 64-59.
Indiana will have to break past No. 7 Michigan’s perfect home record this season. The Hoosiers haven't won at Michigan since 2008.
After toppling in-state rival Michigan State by one point, the Wolverines Wooden Award candidate Trey Burke scored 26 points in an 80-75 victory over Purdue. Burke also tallied seven assists and three steals, as Michigan created 13 Boilermaker turnovers.
Guards Nik Stauskas and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined for 33 points and five 3-pointers, but Michigan was outrebounded 38-25, and had trouble defending the perimeter, with Purdue’s Terone Johnson pumping in 32 points.
The Wolverines will seek revenge for Indiana knocking them from the No. 1 spot back in February in an 81-73 loss. Burke tallied 25 points and eight assists, and Zeller scored 19 points with 10 rebounds.
The game tips-off at 4 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast by CBS, or you can watch their live online stream at CBS Sports here.
Prediction: Zeller should have a much better performance on the glass against the Wolverines, but Oladipo and Burke have the potential to steal the show. This will be a tight game throughout, but Michigan’s home crowd should left them to a narrow victory.
Predicted Score: Michigan 69, Indiana 66
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