Indiana escapes and knocks off Michigan's "three-legged dog" of a basketball team at home. What did we learn?
1. The Hoosiers are healthy, again. Even moreso than the result, this might be the most important thing to come out of this win for Tom Crean's team. James Blackmon showed few, if any, limitations in returning from his ankle injury that kept him out of the lineup against Wisconsin earlier in the week. Hanner Perea saw limited action in his first game back from a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for more than a month, but the Hoosiers could afford to go small against a Michigan team that lacks both size and experience on the inside. Still, he'll be needed when the Hoosiers head out east for the return trip to Maryland on Wednesday -- and it's a plus for him to have some run before that matchup.
2. Troy Williams, man. This isn't anything you learned today, but Troy Williams is very good at dunking basketballs.
See, exhibit one:
aaaaand exhibit two:
Like I said, but you knew that.
3. Zak Irvin upheld the INDIANA KID VS. INDIANA rule. The Hamilton Southeastern product dropped in 23 on 9-of-16 shooting, and kept Michigan in a game they probably had no business being in. But he couldn't get the a last second look for a game-tying shot, having to defer to a wide open Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman -- who couldn't find the bottom of the next.
The Hoosiers return to the court at 9pm on Wednesday, when they'll try to pick up another win over a Maryland team that's about to tip-off with the Hawkeyes in Iowa City right about now on BTN.