Keep an eye on Burke as the ballhandler in the pick-and-roll.
Burke is averaging 1.22 points per play as a pick-and-roll ballhandler this season, the highest rate in the nation. However, he’s had three tough Big Ten games on the road finishing pick-and-rolls. He went a combined 1-for-11 against Ohio State, Minnesota and Illinois.
Burke is shooting 47.7 percent on jump shots off the dribble, the second-highest percentage in the nation among players that have attempted at least 75 shots on that play type this season.
Per Statsheet.com, Michigan is outscoring its opponents by an average of 18.5 points per game with Burke on the floor. That’s tied for the second-best plus-minus in the nation.
Also watch for Hardaway on catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts. He shot 37 percent on catch-and-shoot field goal attempts in non-conference play, including 15-for-44 from 3-point range. But in conference play, he’s 14-for-22 on such shots.
Indiana does defend the catch-and-shoot very well, holding opponents to just 30 percent shooting from 3-point range, the lowest rate in the Big Ten.
Performance contrast: Second-chance opportunities
With an offensive rebounding attack led by Cody Zeller, Indiana has grabbed 41 percent of available offensive rebounds (the seventh-best rate in the nation) and averages 14.3 second-chance points per game. That ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth among "big six" conference teams.
Michigan only scores 12 percent of its points off second chances, the lowest percentage among major conference schools. The Wolverines average 9.4 second-chance points per game.
One player who has been extremely aggressive on the offensive glass for the Wolverines is Mitch McGary.
The freshman forward has grabbed 19 percent of Michigan’s missed shots while on the floor this season, the third-highest offensive rebounding percentage in the nation.
Stat of the Day
This will be the fifth regular season meeting when Michigan and Indiana are BOTH ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll and the second top 5 matchup. Indiana has won three of the previous four meetings with all four games being decided by a combined five points.
In fact, the Hoosiers' past three wins against No. 1 ranked teams have been exciting games as well as each of the three was decided by a single point.
Against all odds
Michigan has lost 14 of the previous 15 meetings with Indiana in Bloomington and lost 13 straight on the road against the Hoosiers when IU is ranked.
The Wolverines haven't defeated a ranked Indiana team on the road since January 2, 1986, nearly four years before any members of the current Michigan roster were born.
Michigan would go on to win the Big Ten championship that season and finish 26-5 after falling to Iowa State in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, three-seed Indiana was memorably upset in the round of 64 by 14-seed Cleveland State and finished 21-8.