With some better performances from its best players (Langford and Morgan shot a combined 33 percent in the first half) and a renewed intensity on defense, in may yet make this a game.
The Hoosiers came out firing in the second half, cutting the deficit to single digits for the first time since early in the first half, were never able to get closer than nine points as Juwan Morgan picked up his fourth foul with about eight minutes left.
Instead, the Wolverines played like a top-five team and never trailed once to IN, the No. 21 team IN the country IN a 74-63 win.
"That was a big change for us", Miller said.
I can go back as many games as we've played, whether it was at home against Central Arkansas or Jacksonville or going all the way back to UC Davis.
Miller said all three players entered the game ready to play and did their part for the team, but he wished they made a larger offensive imprint.
Langford (17 points and 6 rebounds) and Morgan (25 points and 8 rebounds), the only two players in double-figures for the Hoosiers, showed a great deal of toughness keeping in in the game for most of the second half.
Michigan's Zavier Simpson scored 12 points and freshman Brandon Johns had eight points and eight rebounds. "We will need to rotate on defense and work in practice to prepare for them". IN will have more depth when center De'Ron Davis and guard Rob Phinisee return from injuries. The Hoosiers return to action on Friday night at Maryland.
"Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) would be proud", Beilein said.
Romero Langford added 17 points and six rebounds, while Justin Smith scored six points and matched his season-high with nine rebounds for the (12-3, 3-1) who had won seven straight since losing at Duke on November 27.
MI maintained healthy advantages in points in the paint, 42-34, points off turnovers, 12-4, and bench scoring, 10-0, over the 40-minute contest.