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Monday, April 15
The Indiana Daily Student


Hoosiers look to keep momentum

Team comes off of dramatic upset ready for action, must keep Wolverines at bay to continue win streak

After a nail-biting win against No. 1-ranked Michigan State Sunday, the Hoosiers hit an emotional high. Now, interim head coach Mike Davis said he needs the team to come down immediately and focus on Michigan, 7 p.m. today in Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.\nDavis has his mind set on a winning season, and he said defeating Michigan is the next step.\n"My goal is, believe it or not, is to finish in the top three in the Big Ten, and I want to win 10 games in the Big Ten," Davis said. "Michigan will come out and play hard. They need a win, and so do we. As a basketball coach, it's my job to make sure they're (the Hoosiers) prepared for the next game."\nMichigan (6-6, 0-1) and IU (10-6, 1-1) both began the Big Ten season with losses. The Wolverines' four-game winning streak ended Jan. 3 with an 80-60 loss against Purdue. Michigan had 20 turnovers that game and was held to 40.7 percent from the field.\nBut the most significant loss for Michigan this season is that of guard Jamal Crawford, who opted for the NBA last year after being suspended by the NCAA. Crawford was sidelined during the final 12 games of last season. Without him, Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe's team went 3-9 in that final stretch.\nLike the Hoosiers, the Wolverines are a young team. Michigan forward Josh Asselin (10.6 ppg) is the only senior on the team, leaving much of the workload to newcomers. Freshman forward Bernard Robinson, Jr. averaged 15.4 points in 11 starts.\nMuch is expected from sophomore forward LaVell Blanchard, last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He averages 17.2 points and eight rebounds per game.\nOffense has not been a problem for Michigan. Defense has. The Wolverines are again ranked last in the conference in scoring defense, giving up an average of 82.3 points this season.\n"It's no secret we were last in the league, but that only becomes an issue when you're not winning," Ellerbe said of last season. "We were leading the league in scoring and that wasn't an issue. That doesn't bother me as much because I knew we were so young and so inexperienced, and the strength factor plays such a part in this league. We've spent more time on defense and we expect to improve in that area."\nHOOSIER NOTES:\nJunior forward Kirk Haston was named Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting the game-winning three-point shot against Michigan State Sunday. It is the second time Haston earned the award this season, as he was honored after his performance of 28 points and 14 rebounds against Pepperdine.\nMIA\nFreshman forward George Leach was not on the IU bench against Michigan State Sunday because of a death in the family. He will return to the court tonight.\nTIME CHANGE:\nThe IU-Minnesota game Jan. 20 at Minnesota will be played at 11:47 a.m. CST instead of 11:17 a.m.

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