Michigan basketball coach John Beilein speaks to the media on Thursday 24 January 2019 in Ann Arbor.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep
Every conference road game is tough.
Matchup # 5 Michigan basketball has against Indiana on Friday seems particularly difficult. The Wolverines visit Hoosiers at the Assembly Hall (6:30 pm, FS1).
Indiana reeling with five equal losses. The season is on the brink. The home crowd will rock.
This probably means that Michigan must bring its A game to Bloomington.
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Stopped Morgan down low
Michigan took an insurmountable lead early in a 74-63 victory over Indiana on January 6.
Jon Teske defends Indiana's Juwan Morgan on January 6. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
But Hoosiers found some momentum in the second half by going to 6-foot-8 senior Juwan Morgan.
Morgan has an offensive rating of 120.2 and an effective field goal percentage of 65.4 percent among the best in the nation. He is under-dimensioned but can shoot it from the outside – he shoots 39.1 percent at 3s (18-for-46) – and is very effective in painting.
Morgan's post game is a big reason why Hoosiers rank No. 5 in the Nation with a 2-point field goal percentage of 57.5 percent.
He got a slow start in the first game, partly because of early error problems, but heated in the second half and finished with 25 points. This is a tough matchup for the center of Jon Teske and Michigan's entire frontcourt.
Michigan has been mired in a decline in the last two games. Wolverine's scoring output – 54 in a loss in Wisconsin and 59 in a victory over Minnesota – is the lowest team has had over two matches this season.
The crime deals with disagreement and poor shooting that has not been seen since the beginning of the season.
The most consistent performer has been Teske;
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Hoosiers needs a profit badly. Both of their best wins this season came in non-conference games; so far, the Big Ten schema has been a bust for coach Archie Miller and company.
Michigan went into a similar situation last weekend in Wisconsin. Badgers had fallen four and five and needed a spark.
For Wolverines, the rest of the season may look like.
Michigan has a big goal at the back: Wolverines could be the best win on CV for many big ten teams, including Indiana.
These are environments that Michigan is generally unfamiliar with, after flashing through the first half of the schedule. Wolverines will have to get used to this quickly.
Indiana plays for his season right now. Michigan is slumping.
However, Wolverines are the better team. And at some point they start making shots.  Choose: Michigan 65, Indiana 60
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