The place: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
What's at stake: For Michigan, NCAA tournament positioning. For Indiana, presumably pride, but at this point, who really knows?
What does Vegas say: Opened and is currently at Michigan -10.5. And honestly, that's probably right.
What does the Wolverine say:
(Turns out, they don't really have a mascot either. Maybe this is why.)
The current mood of IU fans, judging solely by the iubb hashtag: Mostly talking about James Blackmon's last game with Marion. If I wasn't writing this, I probably wouldn't want to be thinking about the game with Michigan either. Also, we're apparently projected as a 3 seed in the NIT, so there's that.
How important is this game on the usual scale: 7.5; Michigan's playing for revenge, and we're playing because we have to.
How important is this game in one word: Barely
Over/under number of nets Coach Crean would cut down if we won this game: Both of them, just because.
My completely biased, barely researched analysis: Despite losing Mitch McGary early in the season, Michigan has done really well at playing without him. Indiana has been an up-and-down team, and really doesn't do that well away from Assembly Hall. If Noah Vonleh is actually back for this game, the Hoosiers have a chance, but even then, this game is basically just a warm up for the Big Ten Tournament. For both teams.
Reasonable score prediction: Michigan 80, Indiana 70
FULL HOMERSOTA prediction: Indiana 75, Michigan 73