Going on the road in conference play is dicey for any team in America, but when the road trip requires a trip to Bloomington, Indiana during Big 10 play, things get very, very interesting. That sentiment rang extremely true for Michigan on Saturday afternoon, as the 10th-ranked Wolverines dropped their first conference game of the season by a 63-52 margin to the Indiana Hoosiers.
It was a career day for Indiana guard Yogi Farrell, who unleashed a never-ending barrage of threes to built Indiana’s lead. The sophomore from Indianapolis scored 27 points, including a career-high 7 triples in just 8 attempts, and his dead-eye accuracy was the centerpiece for the win.
Indiana’s victory wasn’t solely because of Farrell, though, as their defense was fantastic in forcing the Wolverines into some dicey shot selection. As a whole, Michigan shot just 40% from the field and 23% from three-point distance, and their 52 points doubled as the season-low for the previously red-hot club. Admittedly, Michigan’s offensive ineptitude wasn’t fully a product of IU’s defense, but the length and activity from the Hoosiers clearly bothered the road team.
With the win, Indiana climbs back into the national consciousness after what was a rough, 3-5 start in Big 10 play. They are still far out of consideration as a top-25 team, but this is a “showcase” win for their future candidacy as a bubble team. On the Michigan side, it was bound to happen, but any dream of a blemish-less Big 10 campaign has now evaporated.