Key takeaways from Michigan-Indiana
For the Indiana Hoosiers, Thursday night marked another good home win over a ranked team, this time the Michigan Wolverines. Until they can snag more than a single Big Ten road win under Tom Crean, many -- including myself -- are going to doubt the championship viability of IU. Still, even a blind man can see that this Hoosiers team has turned the corner into relevancy again.
Here are my five takeaways from the IU-Michigan game:
1. Victor Oladipo is a dynamic weapon at both ends. His defense on the ball and his drives finishing at the rim give IU its only real athletic presence on the perimeter. His jumper, on the other hand, seems to have regressed and he has lost his confidence from the 3-point line. In IU's win over North Carolina State, he hit two 3s, but he looked very hesitant at times on Thursday night. IU cannot win without him on the floor, but his lack of shooting clogs the floor and stagnates the offense.
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