Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Halftime: No. 2 MI 44, No. 21 IN 29 | Eyeing IU

Halftime: No. 2 MI 44, No. 21 IN 29 | Eyeing IU

After the No. 21 Hoosiers' 74-63 loss to No. 2 MI at Crisler Arena on Sunday, Miller pointed to offensive execution and defensive will, and he came right up to the edge of questioning his players' manhood.

Heading into the first of two meetings in a span of 19 days between the teams - the rematch will be on January 25 in Bloomington - Indiana has been paced by Romeo Langford, a highly touted recruit and one of the country's top freshmen.

IN is 12-2 and winners of seven-straight.

"When those two guys aren't on the floor, we're a different team offensively and defensively", IN coach Archie Miller said.

"We gotta be a little bit tougher", Miller said.

The Big Ten has a pretty good match up on its hands this Sunday. 10 was especially incredible, when the Wolverines averaged giving up just 11.6 points per game and only 210.6 yards.

Senior guard Charles Matthews and junior guard Zavier Simpson are two of the elite defenders in the conference - if not the entire country - and will spearhead the effort to stop Langford's diverse offensive game.

IU faced a double-digit deficit less than six minutes into the game, while Langford and Morgan sat idly on fold-out chairs emblazoned with the MI logo.

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The Wolverines are coming off a 68-55 win on Thursday at home against Penn State. MI is 14-0 and winners of, well, you can do the math there. IN now sits at No. 21 while MI has climbed all the way up to No. 2.

Forward Ignas Brazdeikis leads the Wolverines in scoring at 16.4 points per game.

Indiana's Juwan Morgan scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting.

In each of IU's last eight wins, the Hoosiers have come back from a deficit of at least five points.

"I don't think we've been as consistent as we need to be to get where we want to go", Morgan said.

Indiana: Plays at Maryland (12-3, 3-1) on Friday. Michigan State and Ohio State were also unbeaten in the league going into their game Saturday in Columbus.

"We just miss his presence out on the floor", Langford said of Phinisee.

We knew that before the game, of course, but the No. 2 Wolverines went out and emphasized it in the first half.

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