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BOZICH BLOG: Vitale Says Free Throws Key to Michigan-IU

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ESPN analyst Dick Vitale says Indiana's ability to get to the foul line will be a key against Michigan. ESPN analyst Dick Vitale says Indiana's ability to get to the foul line will be a key against Michigan.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) – Pre-game chatter from Assembly Hall, where Indiana and Michigan will play at 9 p.m.

*Dick Vitale is in the house and has added another key to the game: Indiana's ability to get to the free-throw line.

The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in free throw attempts. Michigan's has allowed the fewest free-throw attempts in the league. Something has to give.

"Indiana does a great job of getting to the free throw line," Vitale said. "If they don't get to the line as much, they'll need to get those points from other places."

*Vitale said he has been told that Michigan center Jordan Morgan, the Wolverines' most experienced player, will start on his injured ankle.

*Vitale agrees with my prediction that Indiana guard Jordan Hulls will be assigned to Michigan freshman Nick Stauskas. Michigan's other guards, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., are probably too swift for Hulls. So he'll have to overcome a six-inch height advantage to guard Stauskas, who leads the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage at 49.5 percent.

*Former Michigan coach Bill Frieder is also here. He'll be working the game for a national radio network. Frieder says Michigan is a better team but picks Indiana to win.

"It's too difficult beating Indiana in this building," Frieder said.

*One final stat: Indiana's starting lineup has 359 career starts in college basketball. Michigan's first five has 222.

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