Bloomington, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Cody Zeller tallied 19 points and grabbed nine boards while four other starters scored in double digits as third-ranked Indiana strengthened its bid to reclaim the No. 1 spot with an 81-73 triumph over top-rated Michigan Saturday at Assembly Hall.
The Hoosiers are expected to regain the No. 1 ranking when the new poll comes out with their 20th win in 22 outings. The victory also put Indiana ahead in the Big Ten standings with an 8-1 record.
Victor Oladipo added 15 points while Kevin Ferrell and Christian Watford added 14 points each for the Hoosiers, who have beaten a top-ranked squad at home for the third time in school history.
Jordan Hulls added 11 points to carry the Hoosiers to their sixth straight victory.
Indiana has won the last four meetings against Michigan when both teams were ranked in the Top 10, but this was the first of those games decided by more than two points.
Trey Burke finished with a game-high 25 points for the Wolverines, becoming the only Big Ten player to score at least 15 points in every conference game this season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 points while Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary added 10 points apiece for the Wolverines, who saw their four-game winning streak end with the loss.
Glenn Robinson III, who was averaging 12.1 points entering Saturday’s contest, was limited to two points on 1-for-6 shooting.
Oladipo and Watford scored five points apiece early in the first half to give the Hoosiers a 20-7 advantage.
Minutes later, Zeller and Oladipo scored six straight points to push Indiana ahead by 26-11, with 11:20 left in the opening half.
The Wolverines closed the first half with six unanswered points from Burke and McGary to trim the Hoosiers’ lead to 36-32 at the break.
In the second half, Stauskas hit three foul shots as the Wolverines tied the game for only the second time since 5-all in the first half.
However, the Hoosiers retaliated with 11 unanswered points for a 51-40 advantage and never looked back from there.