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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Michigan basketball ' s dream start at Indiana was John Beilein's nightmare

The fifth-ranked Wolverines walked into Assembly Hall and calmly took a 17-0 lead in the first six minutes.

But it's not just about the initial punch. It's a team respond when it gets punched back.

"When you get off to that great start, what happens in the game, if you lose that game, it's nothing," Beilein said. "To be up to much that early. Nothing."

Friday night, Michigan came out swinging – and finished the game the same way in a 69-46 win.

Michigan's Charles Matthews and Indiana's Aljami Durham chase a loose ball in the second half Friday, January. 25, 2019, Bloomington, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings, AP)

The formula may seem similar to this point: constricting defense and an offense that gets hot at the right times.

"We were just so mentally prepared for this game," said Ignas Brazdeikis, who scored a game-high 20 points. "We watched a lot of film on them. We knew exactly what we had to do, and offensively none of us were shying away from shots. And our leaders, X and Charles, were the way for us.

"We were really confident in ourselves. This game was ready to go." [LedbyCharlesMatthewsMichiganwasallabouttheHoosiersfromthestartwhocameupontheirfirst10tripsdownthefloor

Matthews put on a defensive clinic in guarding Indiana's Romeo Langford, who was also hampered by three fouls in the first half. and knew with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Michigan knew Indiana had two marquee players in Langford and Juwan Morgan. It shut one down, slowed the other, and that was more than enough.

Still, Assembly Hall can be a tough place to play when the home team is making shots, and the Hoosiers made things closer to Michigan's first run. , Bloomington, Ind. ” width=”180″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=”″/>

Michigan's Zavier Simpson drives against Indiana's Rob Phinisee during the first half Friday, January. 25, 2019, Bloomington, Ind. (Photo: Darron Cummings, AP)