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BOZICH | Indiana crashed Michigan's Night of the Stars party

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Tom Crean guided Indiana to a 9-1 Big Ten record with a win at Michigan Tuesday. (AP Photo.) Tom Crean guided Indiana to a 9-1 Big Ten record with a win at Michigan Tuesday. (AP Photo.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The stars turned out at Michigan’s Crisler Arena Tuesday night – Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh, former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, former Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland, former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, pro poker player Phil Hellmuth, former Western Kentucky football coach Jack Harbaugh and more.

They were there because Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh invited everybody to Ann Arbor to celebrate the Wolverines’ football signing day party on Wednesday.

They ended up getting another show – from a team coached by Harbaugh’s brother-in-law, Tom Crean. Indiana closed the first half by scoring the final 25 points. The Hoosiers added the first three points of the second half. 

Dunks. Drives. Threes. The works. Nine different Hoosiers scored.

How many times does the visiting team go on a 25-0 run in a league like the Big Ten?

That usually translates into a victory. It did for the Hoosiers, who defeated Michigan by the terribly misleading score of 80-67.

Misleading how? In one stretch of the game, Indiana made 12 of 13 shots while the Wolverines missed 13 in a row. That will usually get you beat.

Bump Indiana back into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten with a 9-1 conference record (and 19-4 overall). Mark it down as the Hoosiers’ fourth road win in the league.

Just like that Indiana jumped from 25th to 20th in Ken Pomeroy's computer ratings, vaulting Kentucky, Florida and SMU. Crean defeated Michigan coach John Beilein for the fifth time in six games.

The game did not start like a game that Indiana was going to win by a million. Thomas Bryant scored on Indiana’s first possession.

Then the Hoosiers missed their next six shots. They threw the ball away three times. Michigan surged to a 10-2 lead. The game was tilting toward the Wolverines, who were listed as a three-point favorites by Las Vegas. IU slipped behind, 15-4.

Crean called timeout and spoke with point guard Yogi Ferrell, who left his man for an open three-point shot. Then he went to his bench, summoning freshman OG Anunoby, who usually brings energy; guard Nick Zeisloft, his best shooter and forward Max Bielfeldt, a transfer from Michigan.

Eventually, something clicked for the Hoosiers. They made shots. They guarded. They stopped throwing the ball into Grand Rapids.

Michigan went 10 minutes and 29 seconds without a point. They couldn’t make shots. They couldn’t make free throws. They couldn’t make anything.

That’s more than a quarter of the game.

Even Crean was astounded when ESPN advised him during the halftime interview that the Hoosiers had scored the final 25 points of the half.

“I didn’t know it was that,” Crean said. “I just think we’re getting good shots and most importantly we’re getting big stops.

“We missed shots early. They were great looks. The whole idea is for us to play through the paint. We did that. I wasn’t bothered by the fact that we were missing shots. Our defense turned up big time.”

Indiana stretched its run to 28-0 -- four touchdowns -- by scoring the first three points in the second half. At that point, the only question was the final margin.

Indiana could have put it on auto-pilot in the second half. Didn’t happen. The Hoosiers stretched the lead to 69-42 with less than eight minutes to play before Crean emptied his bench and the Hoosiers dialed the intensity down.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 17. Robert Johnson had 16. Anunoby contributed 11 in only 19 minutes.

Indiana made half of its 66 field goal attempts but shot only 10 of 30 from distance. IU averaged 1.13 points per possession, considerably better than Michigan’s .971. The Wolverines needed a late flurry to improve their shooting percentage to 43.5.

The Hoosiers face another road game this week, visiting Penn State on Saturday. They return to Assembly Hall a week from Thursday, Feb. 11, to play Iowa, the other one-loss team in the Big Ten.

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